Last week, we chatted with the host of The Biggest Loser Alison Sweeney about NBC’s hit show, her own fitness regimen, life after baby number two and her allergy campaign. This superwoman has got a lot going on and she's gracefully juggling everything without a worry in the world. We even asked her your questions and she was happy to answer.
1. How was it hosting The Biggest Loser while you were pregnant?
It was definitely exhausting. Some of the contestants talked to me a long the way about how to stay healthy because they have children of their own. It was something that we really related to. The show is very much about families, so I was happy to experience that part of my life while being a part of the show. It was weird to be on TV and showing my pregnancy because on Days of Our Lives, as Sami, the first time I was pregnant, I was hiding it. It’s weird.
2. Speaking of hiding your pregnancy, some of our readers thought NBC was trying to hide your pregnant belly for part of the season. Is that true?
No, I don’t think that was true at all. If you watch the show normally, that’s the way they edit it. That’s just what they did and it just so happened that the close-ups cut me off in a certain way. I think everyone knew I was pregnant.
3. Was there a moment from this season or a contestant from this season that really surprised you the most? –Anonymous reader
I think they were all very inspirational people. It was just an amazing and wonderful experience to know all of them. When Mike step forward and offered Aubrey his prize for groceries for a year because she has a family and needed it more, I thought that was such a wonderful moment that caught me off guard. There are a lot of surprising and exciting moments and that’s one of the best things about the show that makes it motivational.
4. Do you get to interact with the contestants more than what we see on the show? –winebox
I get to know them well and I get to see part of their journey, which is the best part for me. It seems very technical and official when we’re weighing in but we’re there for a long time and it takes a long time. So, we get to know each other and we’re chatting before the official weigh-in actually starts. They’re going through a very emotional journey so it’s something that we’re all a part of.
5. Sometimes the show gets very heated and very emotional and we see it affecting you. Does that get hard?
I definitely try to stay neutral and support everyone and cheerlead for everyone because I care about them all and I want them all to succeed, ultimately. It’s hard when you’re trying to stay neutral and they step on the scale—I think that’s the most emotional part for me. What sticks out in my mind, in episode two I think, when Jerry only lost two pounds, it was just a shocking and heartbreaking moment for everyone in the room. And that was one of those moments when there’s nothing to say and everyone’s looking at me to say something and it was just really difficult.
6. Have you ever been trained by Bob or Jillian? –Anonymous reader
I have been trained by both of them and absolutely took advantage of it. Working with them provided me with the opportunity to ask them both to train me separately, taking advantage of their knowledge and experience. It really helped me along with my path to learning new things about fitness. They’re amazing. They’re both really hardcore.
7. Who would you pick as your trainer? Are you a Bob Harper kind of gal or would it be tough Jillian?
I can’t. I don’t know how to answer that. Honestly, Jillian and I will spin side by side in Bob’s spin class. He’s such a great teacher and so inspirational. And, there are days when I need Jillian to kick my butt and she does it. I was on set on Days of Our Lives just last week and there were these donuts right outside my dressing room door and I just had to keep on walking by them. I went to my room and texted Jillian and she wrote back in like two minutes. I can depend on her to call me up when I need her.
8. Everyone wants to know what you’re workout routine is like now that you’ve had your baby? -BioGrimm
I have a specific program that I’m working with right now. I’m also focusing on my nutrition, which is really important. That’s something that is definitely a key component. Also, getting a routine down and including my kids in it. Trying to find the time to make it all work is tough, but it can happen.
9. What’s your favorite workout?
I take spin class, which I love. Well, I wouldn’t say love—love is a strong word. I think that’s the best cardio for me. I’m really good and it and I feel like I’ve really achieved something when I’m done. I really feel the burn. Also, resistance training. I like to try new things. It keeps your body guessing. I’ll take Pilates and yoga and I’m always mixing it up.
10. As host of The Biggest Loser, are you more motivated to work out and eat healthier after watching all the contestants struggle in each episode?
It’s so inspirational. Seeing them eating right and working out. It’s the same feeling you get when you’re at home. If they can do it, what’s my excuse? They just get up there and they’re just so brave to go through this journey. It definitely makes you realize that you have no excuse to not follow in their footsteps.
11. What’s your favorite healthy snack?
Fage yogurt with strawberry, cinnamon and almonds. I could eat that everyday.
12. Do you have some motivational words for those that are looking to get in shape? –Laurie Fields
Everyday that you wait, it only gets harder. There’s no better time than the present. Start now. Start right now. It doesn’t matter that it’s the middle of the day or that it’s a Thursday. Just start. If you make a mistake, don’t allow it ruin your day or the rest of your nutrition plan. Acknowledge that it was a mistake and move forward.
And, as part of Alison’s allergy campaign, she has some quick tips for allergy-sufferers like her. As a working mother of two, Alison says she can’t let allergies slow her down and she wants to help you.
- Avoid common triggers like pets, pollen and dust, if possible
- Act fast and identify allergy triggers in order to avoid them later.
- Simply, wash your hands as much as you can.
- Be prepared with allergy medication and/or a nasal decongestant.
- Know your options by talking to your pharmacist.
For more information about Alison's allergy campaign, visit BTCCenter.com.