NBC’s hit reality TV show, The Biggest Loser, awards Danni Allen $250,000. On Season 14, Allen went from a size 20 to a size 4 to lose an amazing 121 pounds. Early morning, TheWhatItDo.com catches up with Allen, who shares her journey on the Biggest Loser.
TWID: People struggle with their food. They love their food too much. They go work out- but still not eat right. How has the Biggest Loser experience changed the way you eat?
Danni Allen: Yes, certainly. I mean, the best thing that they taught us is learning – learn your food. You know, don’t go just by the basics of what you read in a book, and it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle, right? You have to actually know what you’re doing, and the best thing that The Biggest Loser gave us the tools was to experiment with great food. You know, we cook in the kitchens together. We tried different things, and many times they sucked. We’re like, ugh, that’s not something we want to try, but we knew we didn’t like it, so we tried something else until we found something we liked. The best thing you can do is find something you like. You can’t force something down. It’s just not going to work. So we were able to give the tools of what we knew i was healthier, and then you know, Jillian helped break down for me when time – what time of days you should eat, so when you’re having carbs, those should be at breakfast, because you have the rest of the day to burn it off and you kind of have the king, queen, pauper mentality.
TWID: What did it take to make you be motivated enough to lose the weight and to finally make that change to be more healthy?
Danni Allen: You know, I think one of the biggest things that I had gone through right before this whole experience was my father was put into the hospital and in the ICU and it was too scary of a moment where I thought I was going to lose my dad, and he turned 50 years old in that hospital bed, and I knew that I was very much like my dad, and if I continued the lifestyle that I was living, I would end up too in the hospital at 50 years old, which should be halfway through my life, not ending my life. And with the miracle of him turning around and he started to get his life back together, I knew I needed a change, and when I tried out for The Biggest Loser, it was just supposed to be my turning – you know, my ignition to light the fire, and it ended up being my miracle and that was one of the biggest things. It was like, you know, Biggest Loser was there to give me the tools because I knew I was ready for the change.
“You can’t have it, if you can’t see it” Allen says.