First Female ‘Biggest Loser’ Champ Is ‘Ashamed, Embarrassed’ Over Huge Weight Gain

By Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
May 2, 2016 Updated: May 2, 2016

In 2008, Ali Vincent, shed 112 pounds in front of the whole world, becoming the first woman to win “The Biggest Loser” in America. 

But 8 years after that proud moment, Vincent is now proclaiming on Facebook that she has nearly returned to her pre-Biggest Loser weight of 234 pounds and is ashamed.

She wrote: 

“April 15th was my 8 year anniversary of winning  The Biggest Loser. In the past 8 years I have had my ups and my downs. I have had successes and I have had major losses…

“On April 16th I did one of the hardest things in my life I joined Weight Watchers and weighed in close to the weight I started at on The Biggest Loser. I swore I would never be there again, be here again. I couldn’t imagine a day again that I would weigh over 200 pounds.

“I feel ashamed. I feel embarrassed. I feel overwhelmed. I feel like failure.”

Vincent told NBC’s Today show back in 2009 that she feared weight gain and needed to focus her attention to keep herself in shape.

“I childproofed my life,” she said in 2009. “I don’t want to leave anything to guesswork when I have the tools not to.”

Recently, Vincent met with Oprah on her “Where Are They Now?” segment and mentioned a point where she put on more weight, and suffered a low point.

“I was just ashamed. I was embarrassed. It was a low point. It was probably my lowest point. I won “The Biggest Loser.” I was the first female to win “The Biggest Loser.” Like, I’m Ali Vincent. I’m supposed to be strong. I’m supposed to know how to do this, I do know how to do it.”

In her Facebook post, Vincent vows to not be “afraid and worried of public shame and ridicule.” She plans to “fake it until she makes it” but is starting to take action. Vincent also hopes to become pregnant.

“I’m starting with my daily Shakeology and 10,000 steps, my Weight Watchers weekly weigh-ins, and hosting my 2nd DietBet of the year,” she said. “I know how to do this, you know how to do this, let’s do it together!”

DietBet is an online betting service centered around weight-losing games that is paid and pays with real money.

So far, the website hosts more than 375,000 players, with over 4,500,000 pounds lost and nearly $20.3 million paid to winners.

More details about Vincent’s challenge can be found here