Frequently Asked Questions

This page should answer a few questions about the blog, about the people involved in Fat Girl, PhD, and about the programme. If you’ve got any other questions, though, feel free to get in touch!

Why is it called Fat Girl, PhD?

I’ve always been the fat girl. From school onwards, that’s always been the case – so I’m pretty much an expert in what it’s like to be fat. But I’m also working on a PhD at the moment – in English Literature, if you’re asking – because… Well, because I’m a glutton for punishment. Fortunately, it’s something of a labour of love, so it’ll be worth it in the end… I hope.

Why did you start the blog?

At first, this whole thing was just a way to keep myself accountable – the logic being that if I started blogging about my weight loss from behind a stack of cream cakes at work, the odd looks from my friends would probably be enough to keep me on the straight and narrow. But as time’s gone on, it’s become a much bigger beast than I’d ever expected – and I love it!

The feedback I’ve had has been utterly amazing – and these days, the biggest driving force behind this blog is you, the reader. You guys are amazing, and I get a buzz from every single message or comment I receive – so thanks!

Who’s Matt?

Matt Peacock runs a Ascent√© Health for Life, working with the NHS to empower people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to health and wellbeing support to take control of their lives. He designed the programme that I followed, which has, so far, helped me to lose over 130lbs – and that you can download here¬†- and for that, he was recognised for his Contribution to Physical Activity at the Worcester Sports Awards in 2012.

As the blog grew, I found myself asking Matt for ever more input – because you guys had a lot of questions that I just couldn’t answer alone – and he’s always been on hand to help out. Over the last couple of months, it’s become a team effort – and the programme and meal plan are both available to download for free from this website.

What do you eat?

A heck of a lot! I’m coeliac, which means I’m intolerant to gluten – so I make substitutions to avoid that wherever I can – but generally, the main rule I live by is that if it’s not too processed, it’s probably pretty good. Take a look at the recipes section for some ideas.

The most important thing is to eat real food. If you eat clean, and well, you’re half way there!

What exercise do you do?

The fitter I get, the more I’m testing out other activities. I’m a big fan of yoga, and against all the odds, I’m beginning to enjoy pilates – plus, as a real glutton for punishment, I go to a circuits class once a week. For a long time, though, I just followed the programme – and it’s helped me to completely change my life.

There’s a Q&A post on the programme here – so if you’ve got any questions about that, there might be the place to start!

Can anyone do this programme?

We’d obviously recommend that if you’re starting on a new exercise programme, you should check with your doctor first – especially if you’ve got any underlying health conditions, are severely overweight or disabled. That said, this programme has been designed to help people who are obese or infirm – I was both, so I’m living proof that it can help anyone to lose weight, and keep it off.

Are you sponsored in any way?

No – and if I do work with businesses or corporate sponsors, I’ll always make that clear. I do run advertising on here, to try to cover the running costs – and while I can’t be totally responsible for the products that pop up on there, I do try to limit diet products and the like wherever I can.

I do receive products to review, but strictly never any gimmicky diet products – I’ll review clothing, food, and functional fitness things, but nothing that I disagree with. That stuff gets more press than it deserves anyway, so I’m sure as hell not promoting it.

Do you do interviews and speaking events?

I do! If you’re interested in working with me, visit the Press & Media section for more information on how that works.

Do you offer personal training?

Yep – although it’s more an all-round approach. My style of training is based on learning to love your body whilst getting fit and healthy – so head over here to find out more on that.

If you’ve got any other questions, please feel free to drop me an email or leave a comment below!