The season 5 Biggest Loser winner shares how she lost and kept off 112 pounds


If you missed today's Twitterview with Alison Vincent, the season five Biggest Loser winner and host of the Live Well Network's Live Big with Ali Vincent, don't stress: Here's the entire chat, including what helped her finally lose 112 pounds to become the first female winner of the Biggest Loser-and how she's kept the weight off for five years. You just may find the motivation you need to start your own weight-loss success story or, if you've already started, to reach your goal weight faster.

Be sure to tune in for our next motivator chat with Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels on Facebook January 30.

@Shape_Magazine: Thank you for joining us today @AliVincent and congratulations on keeping the weight off all these years after @biggestlosernbc.

@Shape_Magazine: Need a refresher on who @AliVincent is? She topped our list of the all-time best @biggestlosernbc winners.

@Shape_Magazine: If you didn't go on @biggestlosernbc do you think you would have successfully lost the weight/kept it off?

@AliVincent: That wasn't my reality, so I can't really answer. I can say I was ready, so I hope I would have found the tools.

@Shape_Magazine: What made that the time you were ready to make a change?

@AliVincent: I was tired of feeling bad about myself and my body.

@Shape_Magazine: Do you think you could have had this level of success without @biggestlosernbc? If not why? If so, how?

@AliVincent: I know I could now. Prior I didn't know where to turn, but all my resources were there before I left the ranch.

@Shape_Magazine: What would you have done to lose the weight had you not been chosen for @biggestlosernbc?

@AliVincent: Gone back to @WeightWatchers, get a trainer & just hope that this time I would find the strength to be consistent.

@Shape_Magazine: Solid choice @AliVincent, @WeightWatchers was rated the best diet in 2012. Here are the nine runner-ups.

@Shape_Magazine: What was it that pushed you to apply for @biggestlosernbc?

@AliVincent: My mom @Bette-Sue was the one who told me that I couldn't afford not to go to the open casting call.

@Shape_Magazine: Did you ever regret joining @biggestlosernbc while you were there?

@AliVincent: No, but I'd never tell some1 to go unless I was confident in their strength-never imagined the pain/angst I endured.

@Shape_Magazine: You know who had the strength? Season 11 winner @BL11Olivia who lost & kept off 129 pounds. Check out her before and after pics.

@Shape_Magazine: What kept you going on @biggestlosernbc?

@AliVincent: I needed to prove to myself that I could do what felt impossible & know that no one could take it from me.

@Shape_Magazine: What is the best single piece of advice you learned while on @biggestlosernbc?

@AliVincent: @MyTrainerBob said to grow up! I was mad, but he was right. When I finally processed that, it's what made the difference.

@Shape_Magazine: @MyTrainerBob has lots of great advice. Here are his top five tips to stay motivated while losing weight.

@Shape_Magazine: The techniques on @biggestlosernbc are extreme. What are the best things you learned that apply to real life?

@AliVincent: Honestly the techniques are not that extreme, it's the amount of time that is extreme.

@AliVincent: I learned how to have my body work for me. That combined with consistency, anything is possible.

@Shape_Magazine: Get a tough @biggestlosernbc workout @ home with @JillianMichaels' fast-track to fit routine-short but hard!

@Shape_Magazine: What's the No. 1 lesson you learned from @MyTrainerBob on @biggestlosernbc?

@AliVincent: To take responsibility for my choices.

@Shape_Magazine: Another thing we learned from @MyTrainerBob? He doesn't buy into no-carb diets. Get more of his advice here.

@Shape_Magazine: What's the No. 1 thing you learned from @JillianMichaels on @biggestlosernbc?

@AliVincent: To keep my mind and body guessing so that complacency never has a chance to set in and plateau.

@Shape_Magazine: Here's a collection of our 10 most popular workouts so you can shake things up before your body gets bored.

@Shape_Magazine: Reader @MisMercedes wants to know: Is @JillianMichaels as tough as she looks?

@AliVincent: Let's just say she's REALLY good at her job :) but she's very compassionate, especially compared to @MyTrainerBob!

@AliVincent: The @JillianMichaels you see on TV isn't necessarily what we experience on the ranch.

@Shape_Magazine: Which style worked better for you, @MyTrainerBob or @JillianMichaels? Why?

@AliVincent: I respond best when I know the person cares about me so @JillianMichaels-you never have to guess what she means.

@Shape_Magazine: What does @JillianMichaels want YOU to know in 2013? She shared her top advice for the new year with us!

@Shape_Magazine: How many people are helping you behind the scenes of @biggestlosernbc and who?

@AliVincent: I think now they might have more resources than during my season, which was 5.

@AliVincent: During season 5 we spoke to the nutritionist & psychologist once before going & once when we were eliminated.

@Shape_Magazine: What kind of support do they offer? How did this help you on your journey?

@AliVincent: Things changed but I got a 1-yr mmbrshp. When I was eliminated & after I won, there was no support system in place.

@Shape_Magazine: Every yr our Weight Loss Diariest works with a nutritionist, trainer, & life coach. Follow her journey here.

@Shape_Magazine: What surprised you most about your weight-loss journey? Why?

@AliVincent: I never anticipated the emotional journey attached to extreme weight loss.

@Shape_Magazine: Check out the results of the emotional journey of season 12 winner @John_Rhode. He lost 220 pounds!

@AliVincent: I thought it was just about eating & exercise but that is really only about 10% of the equation; 90% is emotional.

@Shape_Magazine: We always wonder what's more important: diet or exercise (get the answer), but don't think about emotion.

@Shape_Magazine: Have you encountered any negative reactions from friends/family?

@AliVincent: Yes, ppl aren't comfortable with change. They fear if you change 1 thing you want to change all things-including them.

@Shape_Magazine: How do you handle that?

@AliVincent: Communication is key, but that didn't help with all my relationships and some friendships were lost.

@Shape_Magazine: Is there anything women just beginning their weight-loss journey can do to prepare for these types of reactions?

@AliVincent: It's important to talk 2 all the ppl you love & tell them why you want to do this & tell them how they can support you.

@Shape_Magazine: Have your relationships caused weight gain before? Nutritionist @CynthiaSass shows you how to handle it.

@Shape_Magazine: What would you say is the very first step anyone can do to get started on their weight-loss journey?

@AliVincent: If you change NOTHING ,journal. Write EVERYTHING down-what you eat, how you move, how you feel. Become aware of your choices.

@Shape_Magazine: Food journaling is so important but can be tedious/tough to be accurate. Here are 5 tips to make it easy.

@Shape_Magazine: If you could point to 1 thing that made this attempt at weight loss a success vs past attempts, what would it be?

@AliVincent: I not only did the work, I also finally believed it was possible & that I deserved to feel fantastic with my choices

@Shape_Magazine: Can you share a day of exercise with us? How much do you exercise daily?

@AliVincent: My goal this year is to run 13 13.1 races in 2013 so I am running 3 miles a day.

@AliVincent: I also do Pilates at least 3x a week & try to also get in a spin class & a swimming workout during the week

@Shape_Magazine: What does a typical workout look like for you?

@AliVincent: I keep my workouts to 1.5-2 hours a day 5 days a week, but I don't necessarily do it together-in fact I rarely do.

@AliVincent: I do about 45 mins of cardio then strength, but have to admit I have not been lifting lately-but get back to it!

@Shape_Magazine: How often do you change your routine?

@AliVincent: I rarely do the same workout, if ever; it rotates in, like a swim workout, for example, that I might repeat every 3 months.

@Shape_Magazine: How do you step things up when you feel like your routine isn't giving you results anymore?

@AliVincent: I will usually add resistance or speed to try and amp up my workout results.

@Shape_Magazine: What have you found more helpful in maintaining your weight loss, cardio or strength training? Why?

@AliVincent: I'm at a crossroad-I do more cardio, but my body's softer than I like so I'll be incorporating more strength again.

@Shape_Magazine: Strength training's a great way to torch extra cals. Here are 7 more reasons you should lift heavier weights.