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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.


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