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Alison Sweeney Talks to Redbook About Staying Fit: “It’s Not About Dieting”

Alison Sweeney RedbookOn the Biggest Loser, host Alison Sweeney introduces contestants to their weekly sweat-inducing weight loss challenge. Always looking svelte and fashionable beside the big weigh-in scale, how does she stay so trim and healthy? In the January issue of Redbook magazine, Sweeney talks about her daily routine and even inspires the reporter to follow her lead.

I’m not a big fan of resolutions. . . because just like diets, I feel like you’re setting yourself up to fail. 

As an actress on the soap opera, Days of Our Lives, Alison has been in the Hollywood spotlight for years. After the birth of her children, now 8 and 4, she admits the baby weight was tough to take off. After a variety of diets left her feeling tired and well – hungry, she decided to drop the word, “diet” from her vocabulary and instead, opted to, “overhaul her lifestyle.”

In some ways I’m sort of boring, I do the same things all the time

Consistency has made it relatively easy for Alison to control her daily calories. While some people crave variety, she makes healthy eating a habit, often eating her same favorite meals for days on end. “Every day I have oatmeal with blueberries, agave nectar, and cinnamon for breakfast – period,” she said.
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Should You Put a Child on a Diet?

Recently, I was profiled in Redbook magazine, answering the question, “Should you put your child on a diet?” My reply was yes.

I’m not advocating starting your eight year old in the Weight Watchers plan, packing the lunchbox with Slim-Fast shakes and enrolling your daughter in a prepared meal plan. I’m also not advocating counting calories with your child, focusing on the number on the scale, or instructing her on weighing out her meals. Rather, I want to talk about helping your child to be healthy, and in some cases, this does mean keeping an eye on her weight.

One of my own daughters began to look a bit heavy. At her 6 year old pediatric check up, her doctor told me that she was getting too heavy and she illustrated this by comparing her growth curve on the chart. She told me that I needed to begin to keep an eye on her portions. I decided that I would begin an experiment. Without telling my daughter what I was doing – because I had no desire to call her attention to the issue – I decreased her portion sizes slightly. She had been eating a little bit more than she probably should have been, and had also become fairly sedentary due to an exceptionally rough winter. It’s tough to get out there when it’s cold and wet all the time.


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