Title: Believe It, Be It
Author: Ali Vincent
About: Ali Vincent was the first female Biggest Loser winner. This book is about her experience with the show and her life since.
Descriptive Words: Inspirational story of weight loss and other changes.
Thoughts: Ali Vincent’s book is named for the mantra she repeated each day while participating in the Biggest Loser television show. It reinforced the message that if she wanted to reach the goal of winning the Biggest Loser title she would need to believe she could do it. She had to believe in herself. This became one of the first steps in her journey of weight loss and life change.
Ms. Vincent shares her background story – what it was like to grow up in her family, etc. She tells the story of the day she and her mom decided to try out for the reality weight loss show and the steps that brought them to winning their spots on the cast. I’m a fan of the show and really enjoyed reading about the details of what goes on 24/7 at the Biggest Loser ranch: diet and exercise as well as addressing personal issues that led to poor eating habits. I found it interesting that the contestants prepare their own food – there are no professional chefs cooking for the cast.
Ali and her mom were sent home after the fourth week. She continued to believe she would return to the finale with the most percentage of weight loss. This belief motivated her to keep her new eating and exercise habits. It’s a good thing since a few weeks later she received a call from the show’s producer saying all the contestants who’d been sent home were coming back to the ranch for a weigh-in. The female and male with the most weight loss (percentage) would stay at the ranch and continue on with the show. Ali was the top female.
After the Biggest Loser finale episode Ali was faced with returning to her home and getting on with life. She tells how she dealt with family, friends, and new directions in her life. I found the tips for maintaining weight loss to be realistic and helpful.
Ms. Vincent is creating a foundation that will be “rooted in health and wellness and will help draw out and celebrate every child’s innate gifts and aspirations”. It will be named the Believe It, Be It Foundation.
Source: Rodale Books via NetGalley
Recommend? Yes, to fans of inspirational stories and The Biggest Loser television show.