Ali Vincent, ‘The Biggest Loser’ winner opened up about her weight gain, revealing that after having plummeted to 122 pounds on the show, eight years later, she new weighs over 200 pounds again. Find out what she has to say and how the public has reacted.
The 41-year-old Mesa, Arizona native made history in 2008 as the first woman ever to win ‘The Biggest Loser’ on NBC. The five-foot-five stylist lost 112 pounds, reaching a final weight of 122 pounds. and her before and after photos were impressive indeed.
It was just the beginning of a successful career in the health and fitness niche as she went on to host her own TV show ‘Live Big with Ali Vincent,’ and to found a popular diet site, Diet Bet. Not to mention personal happiness, as she shared photos a year ago, of herself as a bride in white when she married firefighter Jennifer Krusing, her longtime girlfriend, in California.
Now she has gone public with her new battle to lose the weight she has gained back. She opened up originally in a Facebook post that has gone viral.
She said in part, ““On April 16th I did one of the hardest things in my life I joined Weight Watchers and weighed in close to the weight I started at on ‘The Biggest Loser.”
Continuing, she added “I swore I would never be there again, be here again. I couldn’t imagine a day again that I would weigh over 200 pounds. I feel ashamed. I feel embarrassed. I feel overwhelmed. I feel like failure.”
She also revealed her motivation for going public with the news, saying, “I’ve decided to feel proud of myself again! To hell with shame! I’ve been so afraid and worried of public shame and ridicule that I’ve created more pain for myself than anyone else can but not anymore.”
And in subsequent days she’s made good on that. In an interview with US Weekly, she revealed exactly how much weight she had gained, right down to the tenth of a pound
She told the celebrity news outlet, “When I first went on the show I weighed 234.7, and now I’m, like, 234.8.”
Much of the weight gain has been in the past year, since her wedding; she gained 70 pounds in the past year. In the interview she also reflected upon the weight gain and how the public has reacted. She said, “People recognize me but … they never even put it together that I was the girl that won The Biggest Loser. When I tell them how they know me, they look me up and down with this confused look on their face. It makes me not want to leave the house.”
Now in the aftermath of going public, this all begs the question, what has the response been like? That too has been answered. She opened up to People about the response her original post on Facebook received. She said, “I had prepared myself after posting that I weighed over 200lbs that there was going to be the haters that I usually experience.”
“I was ready, I had decided that if I was going to feel proud with no shame then I was going to own it. Surprise to me, I read all the messages, which I usually do, not one HATER!”
Her courage has paid off. She was proactive, not waiting for paparazzi and tabloids to steal her narrative and subject her to fat shaming. Now her new journey begins, and as she has with her past battles with depression and, of late with IVF fertility treatments, she has opened up and shared her struggles, inspiring the followers who first knew her at Ali Vincent, ‘The Biggest Loser’ winner who made history.
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