As host of The Biggest Loser, Alison Sweeney meets a number of moms who’ve committed most of their time and energy to their families, neglecting their own health in the process, just as she did for so many years. But in the newest issue of SELF, Sweeney reveals how she got into the bet shape of her life after having children, and what she does to maintain both her weight and her health for Ben, 6, Megan, 2, hubby, Dave, and most of all, for herself.
I gained 35 pounds during my pregnancy with Ben and 25 with Megan,” Alison tells the magazine. “When I was getting back in shape after having Megan, I told my trainer, ‘I want my body back!’ She was like, ‘Why go back? Go forward! Be the best you that you can be today. That might be thinner and more toned than ever.’ Turns out, she was right!”
And according to Alison, experiencing childbirth helped prepare her for the intense workout sessions with her trainer that were to come.
“I went right from the set of The Biggest Loser finale to the hospital and gave birth to Megan,” shares the Days of Our Lives actress. “Labor is the hardest workout you’ll ever do. It hurts like your 9,000th sit-up. You think, ‘I can’t do any more.’ And they’re like, ‘You have to!'”
Another big help along the way has been gal pal and celebrity trainer, Jillian Michaels, who taught Alison everything she needed to know about portion size, not being “emotional about calories,” and what kinds of foods would allow her body to work as hard for her as she does for everyone in her life.
“I’m more educated about my body and calories and how it all works now so I’m more in control,” says Sweeney. “This is the best I’ve ever felt physically and emotionally.”
For more of Alison Sweeney’s interview, pick up the latest issue of SELF.