The host of America’s The Biggest Loser, Alison Sweeney, is dishing out her best diet secrets picked up over six years of hosting the hit weight-loss show.

“The most important tip I have for people is not to jump on the bandwagon of a fad diet or some sort of extreme version of weight loss or nutrition because you end up feeling like committed to something where you’re depriving yourself or you’re eating only certain types of foods,” Sweeney, 36, told Fox News.

“And that’s not good for your either.”

After struggling with her weight for most of the 1990s while starring in Days of our Lives, Sweeney went on to reinvent herself as a diet and fitness expert after taking on hosting duties of The Biggest Loser in 2007.

“If you stick to a diet that’s more well-balanced, finding the right nutrients that you’re supposed to have in your daily diet and just eating better portions, and sort of balancing that out the way, you know, that’s healthy you can do that your whole life.”

The mother-of-two explained that the calorie counting really is the best way to lose weight – and keep it off.

“Calories are a really good barometer of it but calories aren’t the enemy either. I mean you’re supposed to have a certain amount of calories.

“There’s a certain amount of good kinds of sugar that you do need to have in your diet so that’s not necessarily the enemy either.’

And her number one weight loss motivation tip? The results are really up to you.

‘”You can’t lose weight for other people and as much as you would love to that’s true in reverse,” she shared.

“You may love your daughter, your spouse, your parent; you cannot help them lose weight.  You can’t do it for them.  You have to want to do it for yourself and you have to do it for yourself.”

She said when she finally set realistic goals and stopped comparing herself to others, success came her way.

Do you think calorie counting is the best way to lose weight?