ALLISON SWEENY OF THE BIGGEST LOSER SHARES HER WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS CAME FROM BETTER DENTAL CARE
As host of the hit television series The Biggest Loser, not to mention award-winning actress, author and mother, Alison Sweeney inspires many to better health and fitness. Improving the lives of the show's contestants and fans is a role she relishes. But her own motivation to take a giant step towards living better in her early twenties did not come from being a highly visible celebrity, it actually came from her dentist.
During a frank discussion about tooth decay, Alison's dentist explained to her how oral health is the gateway to general health, and how both have a common enemy---sugar.
"It was such an eye-opener," Alison recently told Dear Doctor. "I didn't think I ate that much sugar."
Her dentist brought to light all the foods Alison was eating that might be harming her teeth and at the same time adding unwanted pounds--soda, "honey flavored" cereals, and lots of bread and pasta. "My dentist spelled out for me what constitutes 'sugar' in all its forms, and because he was approaching it in a different way--the effect that sugar has on the body besides weight--I was probably was more receptive than at any time before."
Alison's dentist explained to her how he kept his own carbohydrate consumption under control by eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. He also mentioned that other patients had followed suit and lost a significant amount of weight.
"I figured I'd give it a shot, and it really paid off," she reports. "I stayed with my dentist until he retired, and he always takes good-natured credit for my fitness."
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