As host of The Biggest Loser Alison Sweeney has been a part of dozens of weight-loss success stories for the contestants on the show. Now she’s partnering with a pet food company to make sure the family beagle can beat the battle of the bulge, too. She talked to Parade about her new project and how she is getting kids Ben, 6, and Megan, 1-1/2, involved.
Alison’s concern started with the family dog, Winky. “We took her to the vet for a regular check up and she instructed us that our dog was a little big overweight,” she explained. “As the host of The Biggest Loser, I kind of was shocked to hear somebody say that to me. And my son was with me so we talked about it the whole way home and he was extremely concerned about Winky.”
Having a mom who is a weight-loss expert helped. “Sometimes I catch my kids giving the dog their dinner and we had to have a talk about [it.],” Alison says. “I had to simplify it for my 6-year-old, but certainly he understands what I’m doing at work every day with The Biggest Loser and people getting healthy and losing weight.”
Parenting, work, dog diets – how does a busy mom keep it all together? “It’s tough to keep it all balanced. I am definitely tired and I kind of try to let that part go and just go along for the ride. I know this isn’t going to last forever. You just have to take every moment as it comes and enjoy it.”