Ali Vincent, the first female winner of NBC's The Biggest Loser
, weighed in at 234 pounds when she began her weight loss journey in 2008. Then, after changing her eating habits and committing to a strenuous workout schedule, Ali lost 112 pounds and won Season 5 of this popular reality series.
Today, Ali is the host of Live Big with Ali Vincent
, a series on the Live Well Network. Over the years, Ali has learned many important lessons about eating, exercising and more. If you're ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle, check out Ali's 10 tips.
Live Big with Ali Vincent airs on the Live Well Network.
- Get a journal. If you change nothing in your
lifestyle then I challenge you to start documenting your current
lifestyle. You might be surprised to see what you are actually doing in
regards to eating and moving.
- Check in. You need to
find out where you are in order to get to where you want to go. Whether
that means you weigh in, take measurements or test your flexibility, that is
up to you.
- Set a goal. Having a specific,
attainable—yet challenging—goal is important to know how and where to
push yourself. It also makes it easier to make a healthy choice if you
are trying to attain a specific
- Make a plan. Talk to your doctor and find out what is an appropriate
calorie budget to be on and how much physical activity you can do in
regards to your heart rate.
temptation. Go through your house and workplace looking, with your goal-oriented eyes, and get rid of anything that might challenge you to stay
- Get supplies. Find out what tools
you are going to need to achieve your goal and get them! You need to make
sure you have the right tools for the job. This not only helps you get
results but also makes the journey easier and more rewarding. Examples: Food scale, measuring cups, tennis shoes, water bottle, jump rope,
- Get fuel. Making sure you have the right
food is essential. You want to eat within a half an hour of waking up
and every 3 to 4 hours after that. This lets your body know it’s time to get up
and work, as well as keep it running efficiently throughout the
- Make a weekly meal plan. Having this set
before you go shopping helps you get exactly what you need without
getting extras that might go to waste, as well as helps you steer clear of
splurge buys. Once you get home, make sure you clean, chop and prepare
whatever you need to make sure that your total meal prep time during the week
will be less than 30 minutes per meal.
the fluids moving. You want to make sure you sweat at least once a day
from activity. In most cases, if you are sweating because of
activity, this means your heart rate has elevated and your body is
working harder than it is used to. You also need to make sure you are
drinking plenty of water!
- LIVE BIG!!
ACKNOWLEDGE all the efforts you are making towards a healthier
you. SHARE with your friends and family so they know how proud you are
of yourself, as well as how you can continue to support each other.
REWARD yourself in ways that support your journey —get a pedicure, try a
new workout class, buy yourself a new outfit. KNOW that your body will
NEVER stop you from living the life you dream of. CELEBRATE because you deserve to be celebrated!