Podcast 196 – My weight loss and ADHD journey with Tom Watson

Our guest today has a truly inspirational, transformational weight loss story. About 5 years ago Tom Watson lost eight stone (that’s 112 pounds or 51 kg) and reversed his Type 2 diabetes by committing to a whole new way of life and we are very excited that decluttering played a part in his journey. Tom is a Declutter Hub Podcast super fan and this is one you’re not going to want to miss.

Tom served as MP for West Bromwich East from 2001 until 2019 and was Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 2015 to 2019. He was a minister for Prime Minister Tony Blair and worked at the very heart of 10 Downing Street with Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


During his time in the Houses of Parliament, Tom built a reputation as a passionate campaigner. He challenged corrupt tabloid newspapers during the phone-hacking scandal and campaigned for reforms to the betting industry.


After changing his diet and getting fit, Tom has the global sugar industry in his sights and is committed to raising awareness about the dangers of excess and hidden sugars and improving public understanding of conditions like type 2 diabetes.

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Show Summary

  • The many parallels between a weight loss journey and a decluttering journey and the emotions that overlap.

  • The importance of researching a programme that works for you

  • How daily planning and non-negotiables are key to both weightloss and decluttering

  • How ADHD has affected Tom’s daily life.

  • After Tom’s ADHD diagnosis, did anything change at home?

  • Advice about living with ADHD and strategies you have put in place that can help.

  • Tom’s books Downsizing and Lose Weight For Life

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  1. What a wonderful episode of the podcast! Thank you for this. I think it's very brave of Tom to speak about these things, and I hadn't really made the connection between weight loss and decluttering, but as you say organisation is a big part of healthy eating and exercise. I can relate to so much of what Tom said about being disorganised, and not being able to manage time. It really helps to hear someone as successful as him talking about this – it makes me realise I'm not alone in this and there are ways to change your life at any stage (I am a similar age to Tom, so as he says, this sort of things wasn't really known about back in the time we were at school in the 70s and 80s). I look forward to the next podcast.

    1. Thank you for listening in Nicky and yes decluttering and weight loss have a connection for sure. This podcast has resonated with a lot of people and we're delighted Tom was so open on the podcast. We can't wait for his second instalment to come out in August, so keep listening in. Ingrid x

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