home
RSS
'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 (55 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
  4. estherwilliamz

    Finding samples in the real world for real families is quite easy using "Get Official Samples" site, Remember, it’s not how much you save, but how little you spend.

    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
  10. proviron

    太好了!只是想作出回應。我徹底喜歡您的文章。跟上thechart.blogs.cnn.com 偉大的工作。

    December 12, 2011 at 11:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. web site optimization

    thechart.blogs.cnn.com 是任何人想知道有關此主題的完美博客。你知道這麼多,幾乎很難與你爭論(不,我真的希望...哈哈)。你一定會把一個主題上一個新的自旋,多數民眾贊成被寫入了多年。偉大的東西,好了!

    February 12, 2012 at 04:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. gain mass

    許多發展中國家努力討論這個感謝,我覺得關於這一點,喜歡研究這個問題上更大量的強烈。如果可行的話,你獲得的專業知識,你會介意更新thechart.blogs.cnn.com 有一個偉大的處理更多的信息?這是對我來說非常有利。

    March 8, 2012 at 09:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Ready to Spin Articles

    Unquestionably believe that that you stated. Your favourite justification appeared to be on the web the easiest thing to take into accout of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed whilst folks think about issues that they just don't realize about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top as smartly as defined out the whole thing with no need side effect , other folks can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thank you

    April 7, 2012 at 07:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. password manager

    Woah this weblog is great i love reading your articles. Stay up the good work! You recognize, a lot of individuals are hunting round for this info, you could aid them greatly.

    May 3, 2012 at 15:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. FnrhEncox

    viagra, no prescription viagra for sale on the interney viagra off patent

    November 24, 2020 at 06:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. KbrgMile

    cheap viagra 25mg viagra soft cheap 3 viagra pills

    November 26, 2020 at 02:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. FmsgEncox

    will antibiotics affect viagra cГўy viagra hoГ ng liГЄn venta de viagra en montevideo

    November 26, 2020 at 15:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. JgscCrulk

    research paper psychology google essay writer cpm geometry homework

    November 28, 2020 at 14:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. DvscZisse

    teaching essay writing middle school buy an essay paper online hypothesis of a research paper

    November 28, 2020 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. FgsZisse

    analytic rubric for essay writing write research paper format write my assignment

    November 28, 2020 at 21:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. FnsbEncox

    term paper writers assignment helper online viking homework help

    November 29, 2020 at 02:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. FsfEncox

    college essay name and date college essay outlines help with essay writing for university

    November 29, 2020 at 08:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. FtghEncox

    essay writing bot my friend essay writing tutor homework help 7th grade

    November 30, 2020 at 08:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. FqfEncox

    essays in biochemistry high school homework help guided essay writing

    November 30, 2020 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. KwgdMile

    computer science dissertations custom essay meister reviews essay college

    December 1, 2020 at 09:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. FnrdEncox

    viagra walmart viagra purchase viagra online

    December 4, 2020 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. DvncZisse

    cialis online buy cialis united states cialis

    December 8, 2020 at 16:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. FgnsZisse

    female cialis purchase cialis in canada cialis black australia

    December 8, 2020 at 20:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. FbsbEncox

    bye cialis online from usa cialis price best cialis online

    December 9, 2020 at 00:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. JgsvCrulk

    viagra 4free online generic viagra sales viagra free delivery uk

    December 10, 2020 at 01:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. FsfgEncox

    4 pack viagra on line what does viagra look like what are the different types of viagra

    December 10, 2020 at 09:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. FqbfEncox

    cialis 20mg canada rhino laboratories cialis viagra cialis canada

    December 10, 2020 at 17:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. FgrsEncox

    health and care online viagra П†П„О·ОЅО± viagra viagra herbs

    December 11, 2020 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. KhedMile

    where can i find the best and cheapest overnight viagra? viagragel viagra 100 mg best price

    December 13, 2020 at 00:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. DvnjZisse

    viagra in canada prescription required viagra arizona cheap generic viagra 50mg

    December 13, 2020 at 14:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. FhsnZisse

    cheapest soft viagra what are the different types of viagra viagra buy paypal

    December 13, 2020 at 17:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. zortilo nrel

    Hi , I do believe this is an excellent blog. I stumbled upon it on Yahoo , i will come back once again. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and help other people.

    http://www.zortilonrel.com/

    December 22, 2020 at 13:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. FwsxEncox

    pharmacy orlando pharmacy online drugstore best drugstore moisturizer

    January 9, 2021 at 22:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. JtmfEncox

    canadian pharmacy online pharmacy express canadian online pharmacies

    January 10, 2021 at 06:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. JlloCrulk

    pharmacies erectile dysfunction treatment 24 hour pharmacy near me

    January 11, 2021 at 06:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. NllpZisse

    pharmacy http://pharmacy-onlineasxs.com/ canadian pharmacy generic viagra

    January 11, 2021 at 18:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. FgvdZisse

    best drugstore bronzer the drug store save on pharmacy

    January 11, 2021 at 19:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. KhthMile

    online pharmacies longs drug store 24 hours pharmacy

    January 12, 2021 at 05:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. LokuEncox

    pharmacy express ed meds online medical pharmacy

    January 12, 2021 at 09:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. JvcxCrulk

    viagra singapore viagra deals free viagra sample pack generic viagra usa canada brand viagra viagra online legality paypal buy viagra viagra for sale cheapest shopping generic viagra on line viagra viagraonline\\ viagra site web canada generic viagra femal viagra viagra with dapoxetine cheap

    January 15, 2021 at 05:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. NlbxZisse

    chewing gum viagra cheap viagra professional viagra torrejon de ardoz viagra generic viagra does viagra work on women 100mg viagra for sale viagra 50mg generic viagra in canada paypal viagra viagra mastercard buy viagra mastercard accepted buy viagra usa online cheap viagra on line in aus viagra in montreal

    January 15, 2021 at 21:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. FgnhZisse

    viagra without a prescripsion viagra soft tabs viagra fof sale buy viagra ireland online viagra 100 viagra cialis levitra trial pack viagra ad on xm radio buying viagra online using pay pal genetic viagra generic viagra review dapoxetine viagra order viagra with pay pal cost of viagra 100mg viagra canada no prescription viagra las vegas nv

    January 15, 2021 at 22:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. KlioMile

    viagra purchase without prescription cialis or viagra buy viagra buy in canada viagra cheap viagra usa overnight shipping cheap viagra hawaii do you need a prescription for viagra in south africa? viagra online mastercard how much viagra required australia ship viagra to canada where to buy viagra in tucson without prescription in person gold viagra x1 how much does viagra cost? viagra at tesco online best generic viagra

    January 17, 2021 at 06:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. JbdcEncox

    viagra using paypal generic viagra generic viagra with dapoxetine 160mg x 16 tabs http://llviabest.com/ – buy viagra online uk paypal ’

    January 20, 2021 at 00:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. JvcbxCrulk

    cheap cialis online overnight shipping cialis without prescriptions canada cialis 20 http://phrcialiled.com/ – cialis online pharmacy ’

    January 20, 2021 at 05:00 | Report abuse | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.