Diet and fitness tips from ‘Biggest Loser’ winner Ali Vincent

Ali Vincent appeared on season five of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” reality weight loss show and became the show’s first female winner. Once a competitive athlete, when she gave up her sport (synchronized swimming) she did not begin a new fitness routine and the pounds slowly crept on over the years. Eventually, she found her 5′5″ frame topping out at 234 pounds. That’s when Vincent decided to apply to be on “The Biggest Loser” and went on to lose 112 pounds. She recently made an appearance in Atlanta and took the time to respond to our questions about her weight loss journey.

At the beginning of her weight loss journey, Ali Vincent weighed 234 pounds. She is pictured here on the right. Next to her is her mom, who also appeared on the reality TV show, "The Biggest Loser."

At the beginning of her weight loss journey, Ali Vincent weighed 234 pounds. She is pictured here on the right. Her mom, who also appeared on the show, is seen on the left. File photo.

Q. What was your biggest motivation for going on the show “The Biggest Loser” and making your weight loss journey an experience you shared with the public?

A. I had tried every diet in the world and they always worked but as soon as I quit the diet the weight started slowly but surely creeping back on. I wasn’t a fan of the ‘Biggest Loser’ because I rarely watch TV but after watching the season 3 [finale] when a gentleman name Eric Chopin lost over 200lbs, I was mesmerized by what I saw in him. He was a different man full of confidence and pride and I wanted to feel that way. He was a different man when he punched through the life size poster of himself at the finale, than the guy who first stood on the ‘Biggest Loser’ scale during that first episode. I was tired of feeling bad about myself and I saw this as an amazing opportunity to turn my life around, thinking of doing it on TV honestly didn’t really connect until the season started to air.

Q. Were there ever any moments where you feared you would fail to reach your weight loss goal? How did you overcome such obstacles?

A. ABSOLUTELY! I think every day the first time I was on campus I was terrified always thinking, “what if I am the first person who can’t do this?” I was so disconnected with my body and so used to just accepting what I felt like life was dealing me, I had lost all confidence in what I knew in my heart of hearts I was capable of. It all started to change one minute on one minute off, of the treadmill that was. In each new minute I was able to do I knew I could do another one. I started to feel accomplished and my confidence started to grow as I nurtured it through small goals. I realized that if I just concentrated on the goal at hand, I could do that. In the long run all my small goals added up to the big goal and not only was I able to regain control of my body and my life, I became the First Female Biggest Loser, which I am extremely proud of.

Ali Vincent lost 112 pounds on the show, "The Biggest Loser" and was the first female to be crowned champion on the show.

Ali Vincent lost 112 pounds and was the first female to be crowned champion on the hit reality show. File photo.

Q. How have you been successful in keeping off the weight?

A. I have been successful at keeping my weight off because I changed my relationship with it. I am always going to be a girl who has to stay conscious in my choices and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I made a lifestyle change and lifestyle implies a choice. A diet has a start and an end, my life is everyday.

Q. Are you on a specific diet? Please share your favorite healthy eating tips.

A. Yeah it’s called BALANCE. I eat anything that I feel like eating, I just do it differently. I will grill instead of fry, I will use wheat or sprouted grain breads instead of white, I choose non-fat, I drink a lot of water instead of only Pepsi, I use small plates. I enjoy finding healthier ways to eat my favorite foods. One of my favorite sayings that I love to remind myself of every time I make something is “If I can’t taste it, don’t waste it.” What that means to me is I’m not going to waste 80 calories for a slice of cheese in a beautiful sandwich loaded with hummus, sprouts, tomatoes, peppers, avocado and turkey but if I feel like tasting cheese then I make a little quesadilla and the calorie value is worth it.

Q. For someone just beginning their own weight loss journey, what advice would you give them?

A. My biggest piece of advice is that if you change nothing, start writing everything down and become conscious of your choices. Before the ‘Biggest Loser’ I had no idea the calorie value of anything yet alone what I was eating everyday. Keeping a journal on your food intake, activity, and emotions through the day allows you to become present in your life. By starting here you will be amazed and start making changes without ever really going on a diet.

Q. What’s your favorite part of the Mind Body Sole tour?

A. My FAVORITE part of the Mind, Body, Sole tour that I am on with Famous Footwear is really truly just being a part of something bigger than myself. I love meeting the hundreds of people throughout our country that are choosing to be the change they want to see. So many of us have the same feelings, come across similar obstacles, and have big WINS in our lives we just need to start sharing them with our communities and each other. I remember feeling so alone before I started this journey and what I have realized is that I was never alone I just never gave anyone the opportunity to be on my team to support me. I love that Famous Footwear is really helping their customers know that they are not alone and that every big journey starts with one step. Famous Footwear is absolutely about providing the best and always looking for latest, highest quality SOLES (:)) out there for us, their customer.

To learn more about Ali Vincent and buy her book, “Believe it. Be it,” visit AliVincent.com.

21 comments Add your comment

Heavy2healthy

June 21st, 2010
8:12 pm

Kudos to her, I hope it lasts.

http://www.heavy2healthy.com
no spam just my weight loss journey

Ken

June 23rd, 2010
12:25 pm

Just checked out your website Anthony, great job. I bet you feel so much better.

deibrown

June 23rd, 2010
3:56 pm

Love love love Ali!

And I enjoyed your website Anthony. Congratulations on redefining your life and keep up the good work!

Michael

June 23rd, 2010
7:25 pm

I see fat people everywhere and I conclude Americans are just sick. There’s something in the food. They’re not all a bunch of lazy gluttons. The hormones etc. that they put in food are getting stuck in the humans and making them grow, too. “To Serve Man — It’s a cookbook, it’s a cookbook”

Rocky

June 24th, 2010
9:12 am

Sorry, Michael, but you are full of it. The food is not the problem. It’s the people who eat it. Have you ever gone to a Golden Corral or even a neighborhood Chinese buffet? Fatties fill the place and they will literally knock you down to get to the fried chicken and other fatty stuff. Their plates are so full food is falling off of them and then they go back two or three more times. Fast food places — those burgers and fries consist of literally thousands of calories and it’s almost all fat.

People don’t seem to care that they are killing themselves. That means kids with no parents and lots of widows and widowers. Obesity is one of the primary reasons our health care costs are so outasight.

And let’s not even talk about lazy. Nobody walks anywhere and people will kill you to get the closest parking spaces so they don’t have to walk an extra 30 yards.

Get fit, lose the fat, or die early. It’s really that simple.

Ellen

June 24th, 2010
12:05 pm

Sorry Rocky, but it IS in the food–as well as personal responsibility. Food manufacturers spend a lot of time and research studying just the right components that make it hard to eat just one Dorito. The salt content, the fat content, the glycemic index of processed foods aren’t by accident. That said, we have a personal responsiblity to shun processed foods, exercise, and turn away from the unhealthy stuff that is on every corner.

Michael

June 24th, 2010
12:05 pm

Thanks Rocky for agreeing with me. It’s the food at the buffets and fast foods! And all you can drink sodas. And it’s so cheap.

Carla

June 24th, 2010
8:47 pm

As someone that took 15 years to finally get control of my weight and stop yo yoing, I agree whole heartedly with Michael and Rocky. I wanted to blame anything else but my eating habits.
You can have the fatty foods, but stay away from them for five days before you eat them again. Drink water. You dont have to be an exercise machine, but do walk for 30 minutes a day.
Your weight problems WILL disappear.

dawgfan

June 26th, 2010
8:10 am

Michael is right. All the processed crap that people eat these days is definitely a contributing factor in the fat epidemic. It is loaded with so many hormones, chemicals, preservatives, and other nasty ungodly stuff that most people would vomit if they really knew how awful it was. If you don’t have to make the food yourself, stay away from it. That’s my rule of thumb.

Eating healthy can be cheap too if you educate yourself about it and make the effort. There is nothing healthier than some grilled chicken and vegtables for dinner. How much do you think that costs? Not much. If your fat butt doesn’t want to eat that then fine, but don’t hide behind the “I can’t afford to eat healthy” excuse. That’s one of the biggest myths out there. Its simply not true.

Jim

June 26th, 2010
9:49 pm

The processed food is crap. I help a friend work his beef herd. The cows get steriods, hormones, antibotics, and wormer that is poison to humans. Steak, it’s what’s for dinner…….. However, anyone who blames food for making them fat migh just have fat on the brain.

Just don’t buy it, or lift your arm to put it in your mouth. It’s that simple. Now that I shared that secret the millions and billions spend on diets schemes can be used to cure cancer or clean up oil.

Congratulations Ali !

Beagle Bailey

June 27th, 2010
1:17 am

Can someone get me Ali’s address or phone number. She’s a stone cold FOX.

Mitzymy

June 27th, 2010
4:32 pm

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Mitzymy

June 27th, 2010
4:39 pm

The first time I went to Weight Watchers, I was 5′2, and weighed 135 lbs. There was a 21 year old there who had lost what I weighed(135) I was shocked that she could have allowed herself to get that fat in such a short time. I was 30 and had gained 10 lbs, that is why I was there. I have always watched my weight and what I eat. I know when I start to gain because my clothes no longer fit the same, so I cut back and not let it get the best of me. I don’t eat fast foods, I cook my own in the oven, and I limit my intake of pork and beef. It isn’t easy at all because I love food and I love to eat, but the end results are not what I want for my body.

Mitzymy

June 27th, 2010
4:41 pm

I was not 52 years old, I was 5ft 2 inches tall. Typo!!

faith levister

June 29th, 2010
9:28 pm

Ali always has been a big influence. It takes dedication, hard work, and most of all giving up things we like. It’s called self discipline the hardest thing in the world to do. I am 60 yrs old, with arthritis throughout my body, both hips replaced, and back surgery 1 yr ago. I live in a small country town and the gym here doesn’t want to help us. Their afraid we will get hurt. Iam 30 lbs overweight and know it would benefit me to get on a program, learn what I can and can’t do, what exercises to do and so forth. This is hoping that someone will help me find the solution to this. faith levister

Peter

July 14th, 2010
5:07 pm

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FatBoy Slim

July 23rd, 2010
3:23 pm

Lost 112 lbs…IMPRESSIVE!

Elderly care

August 11th, 2010
12:37 am

Great tips! Thank you!

GodforME

August 20th, 2010
6:53 pm

All the fats can be skinny with the lords help. just pray and asked the lords help so you can be removed of the the fat.

bigUNS

August 20th, 2010
6:54 pm

Is this a fat people forum?

MRDHICK

August 20th, 2010
6:55 pm

any fat chicks wanna chat?