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'Biggest Loser' host: What my husband taught me
December 5th, 2011
02:49 PM ET

'Biggest Loser' host: What my husband taught me

Alison Sweeney is what we jealously refer to as mildly successful. She is the host of "The Biggest Loser," an actress on "Days of Our Lives," mother to two young children, and - on top of everything else - is training for the L.A. Marathon.

She's become an expert on nutrition and fitness, thanks to trainers and staff on the "Biggest Loser" set, and her book, "The Mommy Diet," is about to publish in paperback. But that doesn't mean the author/actress isn't still learning.

"My husband, Dave, taught me not to tie my self-worth to what I eat," Sweeney tells Fitness magazine this month. "Women attach all these emotions to a plate of food. Men don’t. Whether or not you eat too much sugar has nothing to do with what type of person you are."

Sweeney struggled with her weight after first appearing on "Days of Our Lives" at the age of 16. "When I was younger I let the scale define me," Sweeney says. After dozens of diets, she finally found a method that worked - daily exercising and health nutrition. She dropped from a size 12 to a size 2, and no longer lets the scale rule her life.

"Paying attention to the way my clothes fit, my ability to compete in a class or whether I’m out of breath getting up a hill I ran easily last week - those all feel like healthier ways for me to stay in check," she says.

The actress also credits "Biggest Loser" trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper in her weight loss journey.

"When Jillian trained me, she was merciless, but she never failed to compliment me. As women, we tend to downplay our achievements, but Jillian taught me to celebrate them."

Harper helped push her body's limit. His intense circuit, she tells Fitness, has her running at a 10 incline at 10 miles per hour. It's workouts like these that keep the actress fearless in front of the cameras, even when there's an upcoming shower scene.

"I get a case of nerves. But I feel really proud of how hard I’ve worked to look good and be fit and athletic."

For Sweeney's at-home couch workout, check out Fitness.com.


soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Fred

    "She's become an expert on nutrition and fitness"

    Yet she still thinks fat loss is governed by the debunked "Calories in vs. Calories out" mantra and recommends Subway sandwiches and chewing gum for weight loss... give me a break. This is just another commercial for The Biggest Loser.

    December 5, 2011 at 17:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe

      I'm going to guess that she is in better shape than Fred.

      December 6, 2011 at 00:38 | Report abuse |
    • Joester

      Lol...yeah...debunked? Lets go ahead and debunk gravity and electromagnetism as well...

      December 6, 2011 at 12:33 | Report abuse |
    • Kitty

      Exactly. Every time I see them push Subway, I think, "and just how long are their carb overloaded, low fat diets going to sustain them?" The "healthy eating" biggest loser pushes is based on very outdated information. I feel bad for these contestants and for viewers that buy into the same old high carb/low fat diet fad. You're never going to be healthy doing that, it's a temporary (very temporary for most) fix that will trash your health in the long run.
      I agree this is just an ad for the Biggest Loser.

      December 6, 2011 at 13:55 | Report abuse |
    • mike

      please show me how (and where) the calories in -Vs. calories out has been debunked

      December 6, 2011 at 14:27 | Report abuse |
  2. Brittany

    Where in this article did you read about Subway and chewing gum!

    December 5, 2011 at 21:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stephanie

      They promote both of these on the show.

      December 6, 2011 at 09:23 | Report abuse |
  3. Eggsacklee

    I love her, think she's a great hostess for the show, which i also love...... it's one of the only spots on TV where people actually accomplish something that is important..... I congratulate Allison on her success and achievements (sp?)... and as for me, i still believe "calories in, calories out"- fred should test it out for himself... if you don't put it in your mouth, it CAN'T wind up on your BUTT! 🙂

    December 5, 2011 at 21:53 | Report abuse | Reply
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    December 6, 2011 at 03:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. admiralbrown

    Good Luck in LA for the marathon.
    How long can you do 10% incline at 10 miles per hour? That is faster than the winning pace at the Mount Washington Road Race a 7.6 mile run at 11.5% average grade where very few people have ever broken an hour. Come run Mt Washington in June, it is a blast.
    My wife and I both love the Biggest Loser, it is a real reality show.

    December 6, 2011 at 09:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Carol Plotkin, MS, RD

    You don't become a nutrition expert by hanging around the set of the Biggest Loser. You may become more competent in making appropriate nutrition choices for yourself, but you do not become an expert with the skills necessary to help other people who may have chronic and serious health problems.

    December 6, 2011 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ser

    WHY WHY WHY did you sleep with EJ?

    December 6, 2011 at 12:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. teart

    There is nothing wrong with being a size 12, most women could never be a size 2.

    December 6, 2011 at 13:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. nisey@thatsthetruth

    good old fashioned eat less drink water not sodas all the time and exercise has kept me at size 8 for 12 yrs.and that was after finding myself in a size 20 ughhhhhh!!!!!

    December 7, 2011 at 19:51 | Report abuse | Reply
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