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BELIEVE IT, BE IT

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  472 ratings  ·  107 reviews

The first female winner of The Biggest Loser shares her inspiring story of weight loss and personal transformation

When Ali Vincent became a contestant on NBC’s hit show, The Biggest Loser, her weight was at an all-time high of 234 pounds—and her life had reached an all-time low. Like millions of Americans, Ali struggled for years with poor eating habits, family problems, s

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Published November 10th 2009 by Rodale Press, Incorporated
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Di
I had higher expectations for this book - perhaps expecting greater insight into Ali's life and the behind the scenes of the Biggest Loser. And though we did get some of that, the writing and the details came off as superficial. A tease of what could have been shared without the oomph to back it up. I also felt that the health tips that were shared were common sense - again I felt a bit let down.

What I will say is that Ali appears to be a very positive person who is looking for ways to leave he
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Beth G.
Ali Vincent won fame as the first female winner of the Biggest Loser television show by losing nearly half her body weight over the course of 6 months. In this memoir, she takes the reader through her childhood and behind the scenes of reality television. Her relentlessly perky attitude is clearly meant to inspire the reader to take charge of her (or his) own life and make changes, but the book suffers from the repetitiveness of her exhortations. Vincent is also obviously reluctant to share cert ...more
Sarah
I am a huge fan of the TV show The Biggest Loser, so I was thrilledt win this from a First Reads giveaway! I have been watching TBL faithfully since season 3 and I haven't missed an episode to date. The show is incredibly inspiring, and I love watching the contestants achieve their goals. The book was short and sweet, and I was able to read it in two days.
Believe it, Be it is the story of Ali Vincent, the first female winner of the Biggest Loser. When Ali was first accepted to be a contestant on
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Kim
I am a big fan of the TV show The Biggest Loser. I did not watch all of the season that featured Ali the author. I have seen her in person and loved her spunk.
Ali and her mother were part of the Biggest Losers (BL) cast of 2008. She was sent home, but in a BL twist of fate she lost the most during her stint at home and came back. Ali went on to win the season and was the first female BL.
Ali starts and finishes this book with her struggle. Ali realizes that she was not at her highest weight bec
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Erin
I'm a huge fan of The Biggest Loser brand -- from the TV show, to the cookbooks and workout DVDs. So, when I stumbled upon the memoirs of Ali Vincent -- the first female Biggest Loser winner -- I didn't hesitate to pick it up.

Believe It, Be It is a quick read, and a very inspiring tale documenting Vincent's life and her road to weight loss. I really enjoyed the back-stage pass to The Biggest Loser process and the behind-the-scenes details about life on the ranch -- it provided a very interesting
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Kristi
This weekend I watched an episode of Biggest Loser and I got hooked. I have had some of the Biggest Loser books on my shelve because I tend to buy a lot of diet books but had not truly looked at them. In the process of looking at what books were out there from the show, I noticed this book and immediately went to the library to pick it up. I was not disappointed that I did.

I started reading it yesterday afternoon thinking I would only read a little bit and could not put it down. I loved reading
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Emmy
I was watching past seasons of The Biggest Loser and came to the season where Ali won the title and remembered how much I enjoyed watching her on the show. So, I decided to read her book and I'm really glad that I did. Just like the rest of us Ali struggled with life, and like so many of us, she medicated with food. I loved that she said that while the Biggest Loser allowed her to focus on herself, she knew just standing in line for the audition was admitting that she had to make a change. I rea ...more
Felicia
What I loved: EVERYTHING! WOW! When I opened this book about 2 hours ago, I was just going to read the first couple of chapters to see if it was something I wanted to read. I have never seen an episode of Biggest Loser (though I know the concept) and have been winning my battle with weight slowly over the last 7 years (gone from 286 to currently 189). What I was not prepared for was how much I was going to connect to Ali's story. It was not only the story of how she did it but why she did it. Sh ...more
Jaclyn
Ali Vincent's "Biggest Loser" memoir, Believe It, Be It, was in equal parts fun and inspiring. I like watching the show but I did not watch the season Ali won, so while I was somewhat familiar with her as a past winner, I didn't know anything about her personal journey. But I do now! Ali shares the details of her personal experience, from gaining weight to making the lifestyle change necessary for her to win the show and keep the weight off. She fills you in on unseen details of life in the "Big ...more
Anita Smith
This was an incredibly fast read- I read it in less than two days, and had I not spent some of that time at work and sleeping, it probably wouldn't even have taken me that long! (Less than 200 pages, some of those "pages" were full-length photos, big font, haha).

Not too in-depth about Ali's history, but enough for you to understand how sad she'd been and how she was looking to change her life for the better. Her story is really inspiring and her philosophies on health/nutrition/fitness are real
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Jill Kemerer
I've long been a fan of the show "The Biggest Loser," so when I saw Ali Vincent's book, I snatched it up! Her triumph at being crowned the first female winner made me tear up years ago. She inspired me.

Unfortunately, this book felt a little slim, a little weak to me. It's not that Ali doesn't reveal personal stories--it's that they come across too vague for my taste.

I'd read Julie Hadden's book about how the Biggest Loser changed her life, and I was so impressed and moved by how honest and deep
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Shawna Ridgley
This was just a basic overview of Ali's successful weightloss journey. She emphasizes the importance of knowing the whys behind your overweight lifestyle. The book was just ok, probably because I don't have the same issues she does, so it didn't seem as relevant to me. However I do enjoy reading anyone's story who has the tenacity to overcome major obstacles. And my hats off to her for all of her hard work and for her success.
Celeste
I found this book on Amazon.com and having watched The Biggest Loser on tv, decided I wanted to read it.

If you're looking for a dieting memior, then this is a book to read. I found the insights into getting on the show and what it's like on the show to be interesting. I also liked how she got into all the past stuff, realizing how it all got her to where she was when she started her season on The Biggest Loser. So, it was interesting, but she's not an exceptional writer. The writing was just ok.
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McKayla
There were many times while reading Ali's story where I got a little choked up. You could feel her excitement and her joy when she accomplished goals that she learned to set for herself. It was also nice to here from someone else the things you might be doing as well if you were overweight. The stuff that isn't talked about and what you do about it. The one thing that struck a cord with me was when she talked about other judging her for what she was eating, then eating in private so as not to be ...more
Pae
This book is about her life journey in the biggest loser show and it filled 3/4 of it and 1/4 tips on diet mantra and recipe. so if you are interested in her journey at biggest loser, this book is for you but if you are just like me who wanted to know how to diet etc, this book only filled 1/4 information so i suggest you getting other books instead.
Jennifer
I entered to win this from a Goodreads giveaway because I enjoy watching The Biggest Loser. I am new to the show (2 seasons of watching)so I didn't watch when Ali was a contestant. However, you don't need to be an Ali fan to enjoy this book. It was fun to hear the behind the scenes scoop on ranch life, training experiences, and how they film the show. The best part of this book was hearing about a person's complete transformation both in a mental and physical sense. Knowing that her speaking eng ...more
Marcia
I wanted to read books by every contestant that has written one since being on The Biggest Loser. I glad I picked up this one first. She was very inspiring and gave great advice on how to she has managed to keep the weight off. She had some humorous moments in the book, but overall it was great to see such honesty about how the weight came in the first place and how much of a fight it was to lose it on the ranch despite being sent home and then coming back.

I would definitely recommend it to anyo
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Alex
I'm a huge fan of The Biggest Loser, so I've been wanting to read this book by the first female winner for awhile.

This was a very, very quick read. Ali talked a lot about Jillian but said barely anything about Bob - I'd love to know if he's the same person off camera. I vividly remember her season and the other contestants so I liked hearing more about them. I really enjoyed the glimpses of what living on the ranch is really like and what filming a TV show actually entails. I could definitely no
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kelli
I really enjoyed reading this book. I am currently on a weight loss challenge myself and wanted some motivation. Ali went from 234 pounds to 122, if that isn't motivation I don't know what is. She also confirmed what I am doing with my weight loss challenge...eating more vegetables and counting the calories. Although a lot of people frown on counting calories, if it worked for her I am all about it!! I also liked how it incorporated the power of positive thinking! Ali was actually eliminated, bu ...more
Pamela
Eh. Simple writing. Not very insightful. Interesting in spots, but nothing much here for me to take away. It reads like a magazine story.
Bea Bolinger
A good little motivational book. Yes she was the Biggest Loser's first female winner but she's really used what she's been handed to be a positive role model. The book isn't great but it is a story about a believable everyday woman doing something for herself that was scary and selfish but necessary. We could all learn to put ourselves first a little more often especially when it leads to the same kind of rewards and opportunities. I support you Ali, I just wonder why you're so vague about your ...more
Lacey
The first time I watched the Biggest Loser was the year that Ali won. I can remember cheering her on, because I just fell in love with her personality and her spunk. I was excited to read this book, and found it to be very inspiring. I liked reading more about what happens behind the scenes at The Biggest Loser. However, it felt as though the last half of the book was all the same message, just written with different words. Also, being LDS myself, I felt as though she portrayed the LDS faith (ak ...more
Melanie
I watched one episode of The Biggest Loser the first or second season. I happened to catch a "temptation" and I thought it was terrible to put all of those overweight people in a room full of every kind of treat imaginable. I decided that I didn't like the show and never watched it again until last season. I wanted to see Rulon. I became a huge fan of the show, (not Rulon) and so when I saw this book I was excited to read it. I liked it. It was interesting to read a little bit about what happene ...more
Lauren
Sep 08, 2011 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that needs a kick in the buns to get started on their road to a better life!
Recommended to Lauren by: Tiffany Hoyt
Ali Vincent is one of my biggest inspirations, and this book was exactly what I needed to kick my arse into gear! A lot of what she went through and the things she claimed were holding her back are the same for me, so being able to read an account of someone who was able to do it and do it well has been so inspiring! If you want to get fit at home, but need a little kick start to get on track, this book may be that for you! Of course, it won't inspire everyone the same way it did me, but I'm sur ...more
Natalie
I finished this book in one day... it was fast and easy to read! I am a huge fan of the Biggest Loser and so I was excited when I found out about this book. The best parts of the book were the "behind the scenes" of the Biggest Loser... things that we don't see on TV. Ali also had lots of good tips and tricks she used while she was on the show that led her to being the first female BL winner. The other parts of the book were somewhat disorganized, but overall it was still interesting to read abo ...more
Nadia Giordana
I just finished reading Ali's book and it was exactly as I had anticipated. I met Ali briefly at the MOA in November and was happy to get her to sign my copy. Reading the book was a treat. I especially liked reading about some of the things that happened behind the scenes, and I loved that Ali was so open and honest about herself and her relationship with her mother. Watching Ali on season 5 of Biggest Loser played a part in keeping me on track with my own weight loss efforts (something I wrote ...more
Karen
Won this through the First Reads giveaway. Received it rather quickly and read it just as fast! I'm not a diehard Biggest Loser fan, but I do watch it on occasion. After seeing some of Ali's photos in the book, I definitely remember seeing her on the show. She is quite an inspiration! She provided behind the scenes tidbits on the casting process and ranch living as well as insight into her past and motivational messages that will make you want to get up off the couch and get moving. I thoroughly ...more
donewithdora
It would have been nice to have a little more depth & detail to the book because the changes she's made are inspiring. The season she won is the one season I watched consistently, so it was nice to have a little more insight into her journey. I enjoyed reading about her pink party (carpet, rose petals, punch, shirts, a pink wheelbarrow filled with 99 lbs. of fat) & adopting pink as her signature color. I liked her twist on the No Fear brand (KNOW Fear), and the reminder of Jillian's mant ...more
Jennifer Burns
This book details the weight loss and life transformation of Ali Vincent, season 5's biggest loser. It has a lot of behind the scenes on the Biggest Loser set.

I would call it a must read for Biggest Loser fans, but if you are looking for ideas on how to lose weight, you will probably have to look elsewhere.

Every book has food in it:
"I did start to find my self doing things I shouldn't, like standing in front of the freezer at night, dipping into the frozen yogurt for another spoonful when I wa
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Cory
Okay . . . amazing might be going a bit far, but I really did like this book. Ali was the first woman to win The Biggest Loser and I enjoyed her very much while she was doing so. This book had some tips and tricks in it, but mostly it was just one woman saying "This is my life, and this is how I did it, and this is what I learned." It was very honest and real. And I did find it to be inspiring as I think about having a healthier lifestyle.
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