Ali Vincent became the biggest loser in the TV show of the same name when she lost about 112 pounds, that is, 47% of her body weight! The book Believe It, Be It: How Being the Biggest Loser Won Me Back My Life is a memoir of her experience of how she achieved such a remarkable reduction in her own weight. It is also an impressive story of will power and dedication and how the two can dramatically change your life.
Why should we be interested in what Ali Vincent has to say? Well, she once weighed 234 pounds and she managed to lose almost half of it! There is a personal lesson to be learned here: how the human spirit can overcome great hurdles and achieve a lot of things as long as it is focused on the right goals (refer to my article on setting personal weight loss goals for more on this).
The book traces Ali’s journey from athletic teenager to obese adult. Like millions of people all over the world, Ali too turned to food when faced with issues relating to life, relationships and job (more on this here: real hunger vs. emotional hunger). Slowly, her dysfunctional relationship with food worsened and she had to pay a heavy price for this. The book then goes on to follow Ali’s weight loss quest.
Ali stresses the importance of starting off with a clear goal. One must have a good idea of what one wants. Then, one must start working towards this goal steadfastly, with support from friends and family.
The book is filled with practical tips and suggestions to help people lose weight. An example is the section on how to navigate family dinners. Another great suggestion laid out in the book is to keep a food dairy. This helps followers monitor the exact number of calories that find their way into the body.
The book does not contain a detailed meal plan. However, it does describe a typical meal consumed by Vincent, which in turn would help dieters structure their meal.
The second half of Vincent’s book deals with exercise. According to the author, exercise is vital to losing weight. The exercise she recommends is a combination of cardio workouts and strength building exercises. When she was in the weight loss mode, Ali claims to have exercised 5 times a week, burning approximately 500 calories at the gym each day. In her maintenance phase also, she does not ignore exercise. In fact, she claims that she does not go for three days without exercise.
The Ali Vincent Diet: A Review
Believe it Be It is inspirational and motivating since it traces one woman’s fight with fat and her ultimate victory. However, nothing new is actually discussed in the book. In short, there are no pearls of wisdom!
Although the book has practical solutions to problems, it does not contain a structured, detailed plan on how to achieve goals set by readers.
- Based on real life events
- Motivational and inspiring
- Includes a number of helpful strategies
- Helpful recipes are provided
- Not a structured guide to weight loss
This diet plan is mostly a reiteration of facts you already knew, and it does not let you in on any new secrets to weight loss. The practical suggestions in Believe It Be It (Ali Vincent Diet Plan) are helpful no doubt, but these are again things you probably already knew. The text is motivational and fun read as it gives fans a quick peek of what happened behind the scenes in one of the most popular TV shows of all time.