Ali Vincent on Life After The Biggest Loser, and Finding Her Tribe

The Story Doesn't End Where the Show Did
Ali Vincent

Most people know of me from being on NBC’s season 5 of The Biggest Loser in 2008. I came onto America’s radar on a large scale--figuratively and literally. When I stood in the casting call line on that ordinary Saturday, I had no idea that my life was about to change so drastically. All I knew for sure was that I was not happy and I didn’t know why.

I had spent years trying to figure out if I was unhappy because I was fat or if I was fat because I was unhappy. That day, I realized it didn’t matter which came first because both were true and I needed to do something about it or I was going to die. Maybe not literally or immediately, but most definitely spiritually, in terms of how I felt about myself.

"I had spent years trying to figure out if I was unhappy because I was fat or if I was fat because I was unhappy."

The best part about being on The Biggest Loser was that it removed me from my everyday. It was like going to rehab, except we didn’t do any of the work done in most rehabs dealing with all the "whys"--there just wasn’t enough time, and they didn’t have the right personnel to deal with such issues. When I think about the time I had on the ranch and the spirit of the campus, I wish we would have had required time set aside to address the underyling issues, rather than just losing the physical weight. Jillian did her best to be there for us as her contestants and she definitely had a way about her that diffused our defensive responses so that we truly heard what she was saying. Yet, it was still rare that there was time or the opportunity for such introspection. Since our season, I know the show itself has made many changes to try and address the concerns of former contestants, so I believe that has changed but to what degree I have no idea.

For years after The Biggest Loser I maintained a weight in the range that was expected of me, but I can’t honestly say it was always healthy. I have had struggles and I have had challenges. I know that I'm not alone in this. I know that we all have struggles and challenges. The problem for me was that somewhere along the way between being a spokesperson for The Biggest Loser, 24 Hour Fitness, Designer Whey Protein, and Pink Lady Apples; writing a book; being on or in hundreds of media outlets; or hugging thousands of people, I felt like I couldn’t or didn’t know where to reach out for help.

"We didn't have time to deal with all the 'whys.'"

Even the strongest leaders need support and people to rely on. They need their tribes. I needed my tribe. I love all of the many opportunities I've had as a result of being on The Biggest Loser, but the reality show was never my reality. I know I can do anything I put my mind to--The Biggest Loser gave me that back. I also know that the staying healthy is something I'll need to focus on every day for the rest of my life. I need and strive to find balance.

I love the DietBet platform because it connects likeminded people that are focused a common goal. I believe in the power of collective consciousness, and that our energies combined can create more than we can on our own. I hope to use this platform to create my tribe, because we all need one. And I hope you will join me in this journey. I’m on the road to getting healthier again, and part of that means losing this excess weight that I have put back on and carry around. I refuse to let it stop me from having the life that I love and am proud of. I will honor myself by loving myself every step of this journey--the ups and the downs, the wins and the losses. The way I see it, I have 11 bets ahead of me to get me back to my sweet spot. This year, I will host 4 bets of my own and join others a long the way!

"I hope to use this platform to create my tribe, because we all need one."

Because of my unique and extensive experiences I DO know what works to LOSE weight in a big way and I know who to ask to get the right answers if and when we come across something I may not have had experience in. Let’s conquer this together once and for all!

What do you say, want to join me? Good! 1st bet starts Jan. 18th! There’s no time like NOW to START!

xo- Ali

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