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to go out. So I told him I’d help him and take him out everyday. To begin with, we’d just walk five yards out of the house and then back again. But as each day went by, I got him to walk further and further. And of course, the further he walked one way, the further he would have to walk to get home again! Charlie inspired thousands of


viewers and ended up losing 30 stone and running the London marathon in 2006. He lost 20 stone in the first 12 months. Usually, I’d recommend only losing 1-2lbs each week to maintain the weight loss, but with Charlie, he was so big and because we were doing it for the show, he lost a lot more.


What’s your advice for anyone wanting to lose weight? CS: It’s not just about diet—walk as much as possible. The key to success in weight loss is to watch your mouth (and what you put in it) and use your feet.


You’ve worked with many charities over the years. Which ones are you currently working with? CS: I’ve worked with Coeliac UK for a long time, even before I was diagnosed with coeliac disease myself. I work with lots of charities, though, including skin cancer charities, bowel cancer charities, lung cancer charities and The Butterfly Group, a charity set up to help care for those with immune, auto immune and chronic disorders.


As a sufferer of coeliac disease, do you have a particular gluten-free recipe that you like? CS: I’m very fond of hot and spicy food, especially curries. People think you can’t eat curry if you’re on a gluten- free diet but you can.


What are your favourite gluten-free products on the market?


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