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Alison Sweeney lost a significant amount of weight before she became the host of The Biggest Loser. However, the soap star says she learned how to lead a healthier lifestyle from the show, admitting she has always been prone to fad diets. 

"I was a total sucker for both the fat-free and sugar-free crazes. I used not to eat breakfast in the morning because I thought it was just one less meal to worry about," Sweeney told Fitness magazine. "When I started Biggest Loser, I wasn't eating enough and would compensate by consuming foods that weren't good for me. I really credit the show for introducing me to quinoa, lentils and other healthy options that taste good." 

As a mom, actress and television host, Sweeney doesn't have much time on her hands for working out -- but she manages to fit cardio and strength training into her busy schedule. 

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