First Woman To Win ‘The Biggest Loser’ Opens Up About Gaining Back The Weight

First Woman To Win ‘The Biggest Loser’ Opens Up About Gaining Back The Weight

In 2008, Ali Vincent became the first female to win “The Biggest Loser.” It took a lot of sweat, hard work and tears, but the end outcome paid off: Ali went from 234 pounds down to 122 pounds.

Smiling and svelte, Ali appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” six months after winning “The Biggest Loser” that year. She was 125 pounds at the time — simply three pounds over her finale weight — but admitted that she fought keeping the weight off after the show.

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Ali Vincent lost 112 pounds and won “The Biggest Loser” in 2008, becoming the first female to ever take the title. However, keeping the weight off has been a struggle, she says.

“The truth is, I kind of spiraled, ” Ali said back then. “I got home and I was like, ‘What do I do? What do I do without the ranch? ‘ I went out, I partied with my friends … I woke up and I was just like, ‘This isn’t me. I don’t want this life anymore.'”

So, Ali got back on track. Now, however, things have changed once again.

Around the eight-year anniversary of winning “The Biggest Loser, ” Ali revealed in a Facebook post that she has since gained back much of the weight she lost.

Being so honest and vulnerable was terrifying, Ali tells “Oprah: Where Are They Now — Extra” in the above clip. She debated for hours whether or not she should open up publicly like that.

“All day, I only really thought about it and I didn’t post. I was depressed and I was embarrassed and I was sad, ” Ali says. “I was hiding.”

If I keep going in the direction I’m going, I don’t know if I’ll ever come back.

The day of her anniversary for winning “The Biggest Loser, ” hence, wasn’t a day of gala for Ali.

“I merely didn’t get out of bed all day, ” she says. “I was just ashamed. I was embarrassed … It was a low phase. It was probably my lowest point.”

Ali knew she was in a precarious situation with her health and weight. “If I keep going in the direction I’m running, I don’t know if I’ll ever is coming, ” she says. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to have this strength to do something different.”

It was especially difficult to acknowledge, as Ali felt that her strength was something she had become known for.

“I was the first female to win ‘The Biggest Loser.’ I’m Ali Vincent. I’m supposed to be strong. I’m supposed to know how to do this, ” she says. “I do know how to do it. I do know what I need to do … So, I was just beating myself up.”

After revealing on Facebook that she had gained back much of the weight she’d lost while on”The Biggest Loser, ” Ali says felt awfully anxious — and liberated.

While exposing her truth in that Facebook post was emotionally taxing and terrifying, it also ended up being quite powerful for Ali.

“It was liberating, ” she says.

Since posting, Ali says she has only received positive feedback, despite bracing herself for a bombardment of negativity. “I read every single commentary, ” she says. “There wasn’t one[ mean commentary ]. There wasn’t one single one. Not one person! “

Ali was bowled over by the support.

“It’s pretty incredible, ” she says, welling up. “I’m very humbled by it.”

Ali says she is still focused on get healthier and has joined Weight Watchers to help in her weight loss journey, but this time, she has a different perspective.

“It’s not about a number this time, ” Ali says. “It is about feeling my best ego. I want to be my best ego. I want to feel good about myself, I want to have the energy, I want to have the endurance, I want to have the confidence, I want to feel beautiful. I want to love myself at any size.”

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