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Posted at 4:07 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Talking with Alison Sweeney about fit moms... and dogs

By Liz Kelly

Alison Sweeney on 'The Biggest Loser' set. (NBC)

What's Alison Sweeney's biggest piece of advice for new moms trying to drop post-pregnancy pounds?

"Commit to it," said the "Biggest Loser" host and "Days of Our Lives" mainstay in an interview earlier this week. " I talk about just going to take a shower, putting some make-up on -- your baby will survive and you'll feel better about yourself." Sweeney shares more tips for new moms in her upcoming book, "The Mommy Diet." (Hitting store shelves Dec. 28, just in time for New Year's resolutions.)

Sweeney's also targeting a new segment of the population for a fitness makeover: the family dog. She got interested in mutt maintenance when a vet said her own dog, Winky, was overweight.

After the jump, Sweeney talks about "The Biggest Loser," fit moms and how she whipped (no, not literally) Winky into shape...

The new "Biggest Loser" new season kicks off in January?

We've been in production for a long time. It was hard for me to get working on Winky, my dog. That's how my life is. I work both shows, both jobs all the time.

So, what was the deal with Winky?

I took my dog into the vet and he told us that my dog was overweight and I was like "I don't have time for this." It was a wake-up call for me to learn that I'd let something like that go astray. And, of course, as host of "The Biggest Loser" that I let that happen.

So how long has Winky been working on getting back in shape?

She's been on the Hills Science Diet weight loss progrtam for two-and-a-half months now, but we saw changes in one month. It was amazing. The system has pre-measured food and biscuits, so my son can take responsibility for Winky and do it for me. The results are fantastic.

I'm so proud because we got the word from the vet to make sure she's more active and at first that was hard, I was dragging her up the hill on our family hike. And suddenly she's running ahead of us, circling back for us. It's just so fun to have her be there as part of our family.

Would you say it was easier to introduce lifestyle changes to Winky or to "Biggest Loser" contestants?

It's funny because there certainly is a comparison. It's a tough transition. It's tough -- any time you have to make a change in your life, so whether it's the contestants living at the ranch or Winky here in my house, it's a shift. What I love is that [Winky] really didn't seem to notice. That's what I was most concerned about.

So you have a book coming out, too?

I do. It's called "The Mommy Diet" and it's about getting in shape during and after pregnancy -- being a mom and learning to balance. Your focus is entirely on your kid, so one of the things I talk about in the book is how important it is for you as a parent to be healthy and take care of your health.

What's your number one piece of advice for new moms looking to get back in shape?

My number one piece of advice is that you need to commit to it. I think as a parent you're so focused on your child and anything to do with you falls by the wayside. And when you step back and realize that your happiness -- nevermind your fitness and health -- will make you a better mom, that's when change happens. In the book I talk about just going to take a shower, putting some make-up on -- your baby will survive and you'll feel better about yourself. And I think it starts there.

I think sometimes women want to get fit too quick so you work yourself really hard and that maybe scares you and slows you down, so I came up with a plan for what kinds of exercises you can do along the way that aren't too tough for what your body has just been through. The woman who helped me write it had a C-section, so we talk about that as well. And multiples. We want to make sure we covered all the moms out there.

Is there possibly an exercise DVD for new moms in your future?

Alison: Anything's possible. There are a lot of options out there for us. We want to see how people react to the book and if they embrace it. If they want more -- there's more to come.

By Liz Kelly  | December 17, 2010; 4:07 PM ET
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