Alison Sweeney’s Weight Loss Journey (Her Secrets Exposed)

Christiana Mikesch, CPT
Published by Christiana Mikesch, CPT | Senior Coach
Last updated: January 19, 2024
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Alison Sweeney, the host of The Biggest Loser, looks like she has gone through quite a significant body transformation. It's almost ironic when she says that hosting the show finally gave her the tools and motivation to lose weight.

And it might sound even more surprising when you consider that she never appeared overweight on Days of Our Lives.

That made things even more interesting for our team, and we got together with our dietitian to spend a day going through interviews to find out what she did to shed those pounds.

Here's what we found out.

How Did Alison Sweeney Lose So Much Weight?

Alison's significant weight loss stemmed from controlling her calorie intake and choosing healthy foods, a strategy that aligns with my own weight loss experience.

It's about informed choices, not extreme diets like the cabbage soup diet.

Her shift in mindset, daily exercise, and guidance from Jillian Michaels on 'Loser' were crucial. This transformation didn't just elevate her confidence but also expanded her acting career, moving beyond her role in 'Days of Our Lives'.

 

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Stats

  • Born: September 19, 1976
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Starting Weight: 129 lbs
  • Total Weight Loss: 30 lbs

What Does Alison Sweeney Eat?

A Low carb high protein diet meal

Alison maintains her weight with a balanced diet, closely monitoring her calorie intake, echoing my weight loss strategy. She opts for smaller, frequent meals over large portions.

Despite temptations like studio lunch treats, she's found success in limiting her carb intake, focusing on healthier options [1]. This approach has been crucial for both of us in our weight loss journeys.

Now, Alison has never provided a detailed meal plan, but my dietitian came up with some ideas based on interview comments Alison made:

  • A breakfast of oatmeal with agave nectar, fruit, and greek yogurt is a great way to start the day in a healthy way.
  • Lunch should consist of a large salad with diced avocado to get a boost of healthy fat that will keep you full for longer [2].
  • If you can't avoid a mid-afternoon snack, then maybe try a protein shake to avoid loading up on calories.
  • And for dinner, focus on lean chicken with snap peas and brown rice.

What's Her Exercise Routine?

Alison's top exercises to lose weight involve a spin class four days a week, strength training two or three times a week, and some yoga on top of that.

She refers to it as "solid butt kicking."

The strength training doesn't have to involve using weights.

She most likely relies on body composition exercises like push-ups, squats, and pull-ups.

And I'm a big fan of even some light to moderate yoga, even just for 20 minutes as part of a morning wake-up routine.

"I went right from the set of The Biggest Loser finale to the hospital and gave birth to Megan. Labor is the hardest workout you'll ever do. It hurts like your 9,000th sit-up."

- Allison Sweeney

Her Supplements

Different supplements spread around

Alison hasn't detailed her supplement regimen, but based on my dietitian's insights from following The Biggest Loser, she likely uses whey protein isolate, multivitamins, and a high-quality fat burner.

Fat burners are key, as they not only help control calorie intake by suppressing appetite but also slightly boost metabolism, aiding in quicker weight loss.

Has Alison Sweeney Maintained Weight Loss?

Alison has maintained weight loss and has become very vocal about the importance of eating healthy rather than pursuing some crazy fad diets.

Between having great support from her husband, professional advice from colleagues on The Biggest Loser, and the motivation she gets from contestants, she has shown that even a busy working mother can get and stay fit. 

The other thing that she has mentioned is that it’s important to surround yourself with supportive and positive-thinking people. It’s the best way to avoid doubt from setting in.


References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK537084/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6567160
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Christiana Mikesch, CPT
Senior Coach
Christiana Mikesch, CPT is a personal trainer and author with contributions to publications like the Chicago Tribune and Yahoo. She emphasizes a holistic approach to weight loss, combining an energy-fueling diet, goal-oriented workouts, and daily habits. Her approach avoids short-term goals and fosters a lifelong commitment to health and well-being.
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Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT
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Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health and is the owner of Taylor Made Fitness. Her philosophy centers on cutting through the hype and misinformation surrounding dietary supplements, focusing instead on practical, science-backed strategies for health and weight loss.
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