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.