Alison Sweeney, Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels NBC photo by Mitchell Haaseth
Alison Sweeney doesn’t sound terribly enthusiastic about the two new trainers on “The Biggest Loser” this season. Asked how she feels about the male-female duo so far, she demonstrates a side-stepping capability that ranks up there with the most seasoned politicians:
“They’re certainly different, but I was a new person at one time myself,” points out the “Biggest Loser” hostess and “Days of Our Lives” daytime TV star. She also says, “I think the show is as strong as ever. ‘The Biggest Loser’ is all about change and people getting their lives back. I think we’ll see how the fans feel about what they’re seeing as it all unfolds.”
Does she like the two newcomers who are competing against popular trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels this season?
Her answer: “They’re amazing trainers. They certainly have an important contribution to make.”
Viewers should not expect to get a big reveal all at once about the new trainers, either. They’re being kept mysterious. Sweeney is doing her part.
She laughs. “I’ve been on a soap opera a long time. I know how to keep a secret.” In fact, she won’t even say how much chance she’s had to get to know the pair herself.
“Every week they’re going to show a little more. I can’t speak for the producers, but I think the idea is for viewers to see the effects of the work they put in. They wanted America to see what they do before really seeing who they are. I can tell you for sure that the contestants who went to train with them love them and are passionately enthusiastic about the choice they made to go with them.”
A few weeks ago, Michaels announced that she would be leaving the show at season’s end in hopes of focusing on motherhood as she wants to adopt a baby. Sweeney notes, “As long as she’s a part of ‘Biggest Loser,’ we’re lucky to have her. Even last week at the weigh in, I was so moved by her passion. I know whatever road Jillian takes she’s going to be successful and put her whole heart into it.”
As far as her own feelings about changes on the show, Sweeney says, “It’s just one of those things. These things are going to happen. It’s like the contestants’ journeys. At a certain point there are going to be extraneous factors you can’t control, but you can’t let that keep you from doing what you need to do.”
MEANWHILE: Sweeney has been living the life of a master multi-tasker for years now, what with her prime time and daytime shows, plus her toddler son and daughter and her husband at home. This year, she adds to her activities list with her “The Mommy Diet” book, and stumping for the Hill’s Science Diet for pets and its current Million Dollar PetFit challenge. Fur real!
Her own beloved family dog, fivish-year-old rescued Boston Terrier, Winkie, inspired her involvement. “There are crazy statistics out there about overweight dogs. You start to say the words and realize it’s the exact same mistakes people make with their children; they associate food with comfort and love. But being overweight really does impact the health of the pet. They’re going to be in pain, they’re going to have low energy, it will impact their longevity. Our vet made it clear a fitness program is vital to keep your pet healthy.”
Speaking of fitness, how are the current crop of “Biggest Loser” contestants doing, deep into filming of the season that just started to air last week?
“They’re amazing,” she says. “The weight loss is spectacular — they’re definitely meeting and exceeding the standards. We had people getting whistles on the catwalk because of how great they look. You would say, ‘That person doesn’t belong on a weight loss show.'”