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Believe It, Be It: How Being the Biggest Loser Won Me Back My Life

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When Ali Vincent was selected to be a contestant on the hit NBC show The Biggest Loser, her weight was at an alltime high of 234 pounds?and her life had reached an all-time low. Like millions of Americans, Ali struggled for years with poor eating habits, family problems, stress, and low-self-esteem. After years of being afraid, ashamed, and unhappy, she resolved to change her life, once and for all: to lose weight, get healthy, and pursue her dreams. Before she was even offered a spot on The Biggest Loser campus,...

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Overview

When Ali Vincent was selected to be a contestant on the hit NBC show The Biggest Loser, her weight was at an alltime high of 234 pounds—and her life had reached an all-time low. Like millions of Americans, Ali struggled for years with poor eating habits, family problems, stress, and low-self-esteem. After years of being afraid, ashamed, and unhappy, she resolved to change her life, once and for all: to lose weight, get healthy, and pursue her dreams. Before she was even offered a spot on The Biggest Loser campus, Ali made up her mind that she was going to not only drop the weight— but win the competition.

In her bedroom at The Biggest Loser ranch, Ali rang a little bell she kept on her bedside table each night before she went to sleep and again when she awoke in the morning, repeating the phrase that had become her mantra: Believe it, be it. Seven months later, she emerged from the grueling competition as its first-ever female champion, claiming the title, the grand prize and, most of all—winning back her life.

In Believe It, Be It, Ali shares for the first time her intimate story of personal and physical transformation and provides a rare glimpse inside life at the famous

Biggest Loser ranch. Ali also shares the weight-loss strategies, eating habits, and workout tips that helped her lose—and keep off—more than 100 pounds. For anyone who has ever battled with weight loss or struggled to accept themselves for who they are, Ali Vincent’s story provides hope that a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life is within reach. It all begins with believing that it’s possible. Believe it, and be it.

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Editorial Reviews

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All of America has witnessed Ali Vincent’s amazing physical endurance, but in Believe It, Be It, readers will learn that her inner fortitude is just as impressive as her outer strength."

—Jillian Michaels, trainer for The Biggest Loser and author of Master Your Metabolism

"Believe It, Be It reminds everyone of why we fell in love with Ali Vincent in the first place. Her personal journey is one we can all relate to and her success proves that anything is possible— if you believe it."

—Alison Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser

"Ali Vincent’s story shows that losing weight isn’t just about dropping pounds—it’s about inner transformation. Her honesty will inspire others to lose the weight—for good!"

—Lisa Delaney, author of Secrets of a Former Fat Girl

Publishers Weekly
As the first female winner of TV’s The Biggest Loser, Vincent lost 112 pounds, about 47% of her body weight. As she explains, she shed unhealthy habits and gained an enthusiastic approach to life. She writes, “[I]t’s an accomplishment that fuels all of my future goals.” Vincent’s story is one that will be familiar to readers: someone who, despite being an athletic, popular high schooler, by her early 30s was “just kind of letting life happen to me—I didn’t feel worthy of wanting anything more for myself.” Once she became a contestant on the show (with her mother as her partner), she wanted to win; she shares her strategies for losing weight, navigating the show and engaging more in life. Readers looking to slim down will find lots of helpful tidbits. They’re not revolutionary (“don’t let the scale rule your life,” “don’t get in a workout rut”), and though Vincent’s penchant for platitudes can be grating, her earnestness and enthusiasm is clear. Includes recipes and before-and-after photos. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605295480
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 858,311
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ali Vincent is the first female winner of The Biggest Loser and continues to make guest appearances on the show. She has been featured in Prevention, People, and The Washington Post and has appeared on The Oprah Show, the Today show, and Ellen, among others. She also speaks regularly at events and conferences across the country. Ali lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xiii

1 Where Change Begins 1

2 Living a Small Life 13

3 It was My Destiny 23

4 Scared Every Second 37

5 I Got a Phone Call 61

6 "Now I Believe!" 73

7 Where Rainbows Begin 87

8 This is My Night, and I'm Going to Own It like No Other 97

9 Paying it Forward 119

10 How to Believe It, Be It 137

Closing Thoughts 161

Journal Entry: Written While Flying Back to Phoenix after the Finale 167

The Ali Vincent State Sheet 169

Notes from Cheryl Forberg, RD, Nutritionist for The Biggest Loser 171

Ali's Easy Recipes 173

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2009

    This is a great book to help you keep motovated

    This is a great book, Ali is honest and compassionate in her writting. She is a very good writter, and speaker.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Easy read inspirational ok

    If you watch the show alot was a recap of the show.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    Great Read!

    My respect for the first female Biggest Loser is sincere. This book has many inspritional stories from a woman with a vision. The journey on the show is only part of her story. This is really worth the read?

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Moving Personal Memoir

    Ali presents her story and what the journey was for her to come to terms with why she over ate and why she had gained weight and what it would take to shed that weight. It isn't meant to be a complete re-telling of her time on the ranch or what being on the Biggest Loser would be like for others, although I think one could certainly get a small glimpse; but rather her story and she tells that beautifully. Yes, as a previous reviewer commented - you could sit down and read it through in one day, but to me, that means the book is engaging and keeps you wanting to know more. There are nuggets of inspiration and moments of her life that I think many could resonate with in their own lives.

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

    Okay

    I have been a fan of the biggest loser since season 2, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Ali Vincent become the first female biggest loser, but I feel like her book didn't express too much unknown information about the show, yes, it gives us a peak into the background information that occurs at the Biggest Loser, but I read it in one day and was a little disappointed.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

    Believe It Be It

    I really like this book, if you watch the Biggest Loser it is very interesting what they go though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    INSPIRING

    If you liked her on Biggest Loser, you will really like how honest she is in the book, it is a great read about what a person can do with motivation and drive and focus.

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