Ali Vincent, before losing weight

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One of the most memorable contestants in the show's history is Ali Vincent, the first woman to win the title of "The Biggest Loser."

When she began her weight loss journey, Ali weighed in at 234 pounds. "The hardest thing I ever did was stand in line to be on The Biggest Loser. I finally told the truth, and I realized that I had a problem," she says. "I just decided, 'This is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I want to do this for me.'"

Ali says she began gaining weight when she was in her early 20s. At first, it was just 5 pounds here, 10 pounds there. Then, Ali says she started filling a subconscious void with food. "I dug myself into this big, deep, dark hole, and I didn't know how to get out," she says. "It was 5 pounds—that was somewhat controllable. But then it was 50, and then it was 100. I was like, 'How do I get out of here?'"

When The Biggest Loser came into her life, she says she took a long look at how she was living. "[I thought,] 'How come I felt like I needed to hide behind 112 extra pounds?'" she says.
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Published on October 30, 2008

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