Alison Sweeney is in the best shape of her life at 37, thanks to a balanced diet and regular workouts.
In an exclusive interview, Sweeney discussed the fitness secrets she has learned from hosting “The Biggest Loser” for the past seven years and life after “Days of Our Lives” following an epic 21-year run.
Sweeney, a mom of two, starred on “Days of Our Lives” since the age of 16, usually waking up at 5 a.m. every day for shooting. Alison left the show in May 2014 to spend more time with her family.
“I never realized how regimented my life was before,” said Alison. “It’s fun to have more free time. It’s nice when my husband asks me in the morning, ‘So what are you going to do today?’ ”
Of course, Sweeney still has a hectic work schedule, hosting “The Biggest Loser,” writing, and juggling various other projects. She’s the author of four books, including her latest, a novel called Scared Scriptless.
Balanced Diet and Regular Workouts Keep Ali Hot
Alison said the secret to managing her busy career and home life is a healthy diet, regular exercise, and getting enough rest. Sweeney follows a sensible, balanced diet that features plenty of fresh vegetables, complex carbs and high-quality proteins.
Alison briefly followed a low-carb diet years ago but said she’s not a fan of restrictive diets, preferring to focus on healthy, organic ingredients and portion control. Sweeney said she learned a lot about nutrition from former “Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels.
The 5-foot-3 Jillian, who once weighed 175 pounds, has easily maintained her 50-pound weight loss with exercise and a healthy diet that eliminates processed junk foods. Michaels revealed her weight loss secrets in her bestseller, Slim for Life: My Insider Secrets.
Alison credits a “well-balanced diet” for helping her maintain her 30-pound weight loss for almost 20 years. Alison’s usual breakfast is oatmeal with blueberries, and she loves snacking on Greek yogurt, almonds and experimenting with quinoa recipes.
Sweeney, who ran the 2012 Los Angeles Marathon, also works out regularly, alternating between running, yoga, hiking, spinning, and strength-training. “It’s really important to find a workout you enjoy doing,” she said.
Alison is currently filming season 16 of “The Biggest Loser” and has nothing but praise for Jillian Michaels, who recently left the reality weight-loss competition.
“I’m thrilled that Jillian is moving on to projects she wants to do,” said Sweeney. “I will miss her and wish her all the best.”
Season 16 of “The Biggest Loser” premieres Sept. 11 on NBC.
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