In 2008, Ali Vincent won during her season of The Biggest Loser and became the first female to ever win The Biggest Loser.
She started on The Biggest Loser weighing in at 234 pounds, and ended the season weighing in at 122 pounds, for a total of 112 pounds lost, or 47.8 percent of her body weight. Six months after her win, Ali appeared on Oprah Winfrey weighing in at 125, only three pounds away from her winning weight.
While on the show, Oprah asked Ali if she was nervous about keeping the weight off when she got home. Ali went on to say that after she left The Biggest Loser, she wasn’t sure what to do without the ranch.
Contestants on The Biggest Loser spend weeks focusing on nothing but weight loss. They live on a ranch where healthy food is provided for them, and they have personal trainers with them every day, instructing them how, when, and how long to work out. Once they return home from The Biggest Loser, they are on their own to keep the weight off and not return to the old ways that got them there.
On April 19, 2016, Ali shared a post on Facebook letting the world know that eight years after her win on The Biggest Loser, she has gained back almost all the weight she lost while on the show. Although Ali does not state specifically what her current weight is, she does note that she is over 200 pounds, meaning she has gained back at least 80 of the 112 pounds she lost during The Biggest Loser.
Scrolling back through her Facebook account, it is apparent Ali has been hiding her weight gain for quite some time. There are almost zero full body shots, and a few very intentionally cropped head shots. Ali did not share a recent image of herself until February 19, 2016, during a live Facebook video. Social media instantly starting tearing her apart for the weight gain. After her public acknowledgement of her weight gain since her The Biggest Loser win, Ali did a Skype interview with Where Are They Now, called “Biggest Loser Ali Vincent on Gaining Back Her Weight.”
In the interview, Ali admits that she has been hiding her weight gain. She acknowledges she has reached a point where if she doesn’t make a change now, she won’t be able to. Ali goes on to say how on the eight-year anniversary of her win on The Biggest Loser, she could not get out of bed, and was ashamed and embarrassed.
“I won The Biggest Loser. 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.”
After sharing about her weight gain since The Biggest Loser in her April 19 facebook post, Ali was surprised to see she received no negative feedback. She shares during the Skype interview that she was ready to start banning people from her Facebook page, but no one left a negative comment, only support and understanding.
According to her Facebook post, Ali joined Weight Watchers on April 16, 2016. Ali has also started a DietBet, where you can join in by betting 35 dollars. If you lose four percent of your starting weight in four weeks, you split the pot with the other winners. Currently, the pot is close to $40,000. Ali is determined to get healthy again after gaining back almost all the weight she lost during The Biggest Loser.
“I’ve decided to feel proud of myself again! To hell with shame! I’ve been so afraid and worried of public shame and ridicule that I’ve created more pain for myself than anyone else can but not anymore.”
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