Calories, Vanity Weight & Jillian Michaels

Today I met Ali Vincent! For those of you who don't know, she's the first female winner of "The Biggest Loser." I absolutely love that show, and if you watch people go through a weight loss journey you really feel like they are part of your life.

Right when I met Ali I began picking her brain.

First - what in the world are they eating on "The Biggest Loser." I feel like I just can't master what to eat, when to eat it, how much of it to eat. Ali says she ate 1200 calories while on the ranch. (Keep in mind that she's 5'5). Now she eats up to 2500 calories because of her intense workouts and because she is no longer trying to lose weight.

BUT - no matter how many calories you choose to eat you should separate them this way. According to Ali, you should split your calories into 4 equal parts - use three of the sections for meals and the fourth section for pre and post workout snacks.

Oh and I have to tell you this tip - it's going to change my sister's life - "eating after 5 p.m. is crap." If you're working out after 5 p.m. there needs to be calories fuel for that workout.

As you all know, I'm trying to lose 20 pounds. She looked at me and said, "You look great, you look physically healthy - for you it's not about saving your life. It's about vanity weightloss." Oh the lovely "vanity weight." She said her last 20 pounds were the hardest. Thanks for the encouragement Ali. Really though, it got me thinking. I do want to weigh less, I want to look better in a swim suit, and I want to be able to pull off skinny jeans - so it makes sense, vanity. BUT I have such a bad relationship with food. My life may not be in trouble physically, but mentally I have something I need to work out. There's a reason I have food following me around taunting me.

Now to the gossip, well kind of. I asked her about Jillian Michael's new show "Losing It with Jillian." She told me she had a hard time watching it because it's so much in so little time. On The Biggest Loser Ranch they have months where they work with the trainers, on the Losing It show - they have one week. I asked, "I just don't get it, how can Jillian come in and all of a sudden they know how to lose weight?" Ali says they all get a lot of help - trainers, etc. It's good to know I'm just not missing something. Oh and she rolled her eyes at some point during this conversation, hmmm? I still love Jillian Michael's show!

All in all, Ali is a sweetheart. She was very nice to my co-workers and I. It was a great to meet someone who inspired me (and America) while changing her own life!

Now I just need a nice long chat (no yelling) with Jillian.

2 comments:

Janet

I'm glad google sent you to my blog, and I'm glad to find yours! That's awesome that you met Ali. I would love to talk to some of those "Biggest Losers" in person and pick their brains. She is definitely a success story, so a great one to talk with.

Drazil

Holy crap - that's awesome. Love your blog - can't wait to keep reading!

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