Alison Sweeney Shows Off Svelte Figure for Self August 2013

Posted Wednesday July 17, 2013 1:43 PM GMT

She's always helping motivated contestants lose weight, and now Alison Sweeney shares her secrets for nabbing a rocking body.

In the August 2013 issue of Self magazine, the "Biggest Loser" hostess discusses her diet and working with the personal trainers on the series.

Check out a few highlights from Miss Sweeney's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Self!

On her no carb philosophy:
"When I'm doing cardio, I can feel the difference in my body when I eat right and when I don't. Everybody talks about carbo-loading, but there's no reason to have carbs at each meal. Keep it light and eat what agrees with you. My pre-run go-to: oatmeal with cinnamon and agave, or a banana."

On her workouts away from home:
"When 'Loser' went to Washington D.C., I ran into Bob Harper in our hotel gym. I was psyched, thinking, he's going to see I've already gone for 35 minutes on the treadmill! He tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'You ready to do sprints?' I said, 'Bring it.' He put his hands over my machine and said, 'Run. Don't look. I'll tell you when to stop.' We did five sprints at all different speeds, elevations and lengths, including one 10-second spring at 10 mph at 10 elevation! I never would have pushed myself that hard."

On her ultimate workout lesson:
"I don't get to work out with the show's trainers that often, because they're busy. [Jillian recommended my current trainer, Steve Lee]. But one day, Jillian had me doing pull-ups. I was supposed to do 10, and by the time I got to 4, I was really struggling. I said, 'I can't!' Then she told me, 'Well, now you have to, and you're not leaving until you do.' I learned a lesson: I can finish what I start, and it's important to get to the other side. The confidence you gain will take you through the rest of your life, never mind the rest of your day."

On her motivation:
"Sometimes, when I wake up and I start playing Scramble on my phone rather than getting out of bed, I hear Bob, Jillian and Dolvett [Quince]: 'You're being lazy. This is an excuse. Stop making excuses!' If I find myself going down that path, I say to myself, 'Go do it!' On days when I can't work out, I hear Jillian say, 'Ali, today wasn't your day. Don't beat yourself up.'"

Photo Credit: Dewey Nicks for Self

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