Now in its 15th season, "The Biggest Loser" for the first time is providing viewers with an update on one of its child ambassadors, revealed host Alison Sweeney in her October 24 blog. Get her insights on the show, including the challenges faced by contestants and the strategies used by trainers.
One word for how child ambassador Lindsay is doing today: "Inspiring," says Alison.
"I remember meeting our kid ambassadors the first day - what a tough road they had ahead of them," recalls Alison now.
"And to see how well Lindsay is doing now?! Amazing. She's incredible - I loved how she talked about giving advice to other kids on how to live healthily!" exclaims Alison.
As for the current season, Alison is impressed by how the trainers are helping contestants face their feelings and open up about their emotions to improve their mental as well as physical health.
"I loved watching Jillian Michaels and Craig's conversation during the show because it explains why he had a better attitude when he got to the first challenge," says Alison.
Because Craig, through Jillian's intervention, learned to believe in himself, he genuinely "wanted to represent his team" well, Alison notes. "The weight he eventually lost at the end of the week - 11 lbs. - was a testament to his hard work and great attitude."
Alison also praised Dolvett Quince for his one-on-one conversation with Jennifer. Dolvett helped Jennifer move from saying "I need to" to saying "I'm going to."
Dolvett's motivation "really helped boost her determination during the challenge. In the end, the Blue and Red Teams were neck and neck, and it was great to see the satisfaction from the Blue Team after their first win," says Alison.
For those who think that slim Alison can't really relate to the contestants, here's a clue: She used to struggle with her weight, according to her recent interview with Self magazine. What changed? Becoming a part of "The Biggest Loser," Alison now admits.
"On my first day of 'Loser,' I ended up in the lunch line in front of Jillian and was like, "I have to pick stuff before she does?" At that moment I realized how uneducated I was," Alison confesses.
Jillian succeeded in educating Alison.
"I asked her for advice, and she rocked my world," laughs Alison.
"I wasn’t eating the right kinds of calories. I didn’t know about healthy carbs such as brown rice and lentils. Now I eat small meals throughout the day: oatmeal with cinnamon to start, fruit and yogurt as a snack, and vegetables or salad with chicken or tuna, and a healthy carb, like a yam, for lunch."
Now Alison has even written a book to help other busy moms lose weight: "The Mommy Diet" (click for details).