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Celebrity Chef Devin Alexander

How This Celeb Chef Got An Intervention


This Blog Post Is Part of The Inspiring Interview Series on TSS.

This Sunday July 20th is National Ice Cream day (as if we need an excuse to eat ice cream) and to celebrate it, I wanted to find out how to eat is as much as I can without gaining weight. So I sought out an expert and who else would be more appropriate than Celebrity Chef Devin Alexander, best known as the chef on that hit tv show The Biggest Loser who lost 70 pounds while still eating ice cream!

Not only is she a celebrity chef and a New York Times bestselling author, what I like about Devin is that she has a simple yet wonderful sense of style. On TV and on the red carpet, she’s always wearing figure-flattering dresses in solid yet bright colors. The thing was, she apparently wasn’t so sure-footed about style years ago and her friends had to step in to give her a style intervention. She also told me not to google photos of her

I had to smile when she told me this because not many people are aware that having great style is actually a skill, and it’s developed over time. I mean, I wouldn’t want anyone to look at photos of me in my teens and early 20s either.


Sexiest in Red I think

The gorgeous Devin Alexander.

And what makes her really inspiring is that she has maintained her weight loss for nearly 20 years without depriving herself at all:

“The trick is to eat sweets only when you REALLY want them…and to have something reasonable on hand for when that craving hits,” says Devin. “When I go to a party or to dinner, I’ll try the chocolate cake. If it’s not amazing, I stop…I chose to save my calories for sweets I really enjoy! That way, I rule the food…it doesn’t rule me…and I NEVER feel deprived!”

   Celebrity Chef Devin Alexander

Photo of Devin offering up one her delicious creations.

PS: I considered being a chef once but decided against it because I knew I’d only cook what I wanted to eat and what I want to eat is usually dessert.

So back to National Ice Cream Day , this is what Devin said would help with my sweet tooth :

  • Lighter ice creams –  ice cream bars, sorbets, frozen yoghurts, ices and other products. It’s all about finding one that you like.
  • “True Love in a Bowl” -Devin came up with the recipe for this treat for a former boyfriend and apparently it  will satisfy any craving for ice cream.
  • Halo Top ice cream – this is a delicious ice cream that is very light as well. Bonus: all natural! Find it at your grocery store.


Celebrity Chef Devin Alexander

By the way, she also told me she doesn’t brush her hair ever. (Which is not fair, Devin. Because you have gorgeous hair.)


And with that , enjoy National Ice Cream Day this weekend. Because I will ; )


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23 Responses

  1. Felyzzia

    I’ve seen her around. At first, I thought, she wasn’t a chef, she doesn’t look like one. For me, I had this misconception that chefs should be a little heavy on the side because of all the food they cook and taste and eat. But I was wrong. Not all chefs look the same. I like how Miss Devin takes care of herself and can control her taste buds while in front of sumptuous meals.

  2. Leigh Curtis

    Whenever I see her on her food show, I envy her sense of style and control. I can’t believe she’s conscious about her weight and that she wasn’t really stylish during her younger years. It’s great to have friends who intervened and helped her change her fashion style.

  3. Jody

    I think it’s unfair.. she looks great and not fat yet she cooks and bakes sugary and mouth-watering foods. Why am I not like her :( Thanks for the great interview, by the way! Wish I have the same determination.

  4. Everyday is national icecream day for me, so I’ll splurge and indulge myself with this sweets this weekend, too! Thanks for the sweet recipes ms. Devin and Heidi

  5. Taylor

    She does look gorgeous, I so envy her for still looking like that, not fat at all.. Ahh sometimes life isn’t fair, dont you think?

  6. Erin

    For a chef and dessert/food lover, she sure does have a great physique! How I wish I could have her determination and control over food :)

  7. Rowena

    I’d like to be the next Celeb Chef Devin Alexander one day! It’s so nice to see her still looking great even-though she cooks and eats a lot!

  8. Serena

    How come I didn’t know about National Ice Cream Day?! I should’ve splurged and indulged myself with all the delectable ice cream / gelattos on that day..

  9. I agree with you, Heidi, Devin does have gorgeous hair! And even a bubbly personality, to boot! I’m so jealous because she still gets to maintain her weight despite all the ice creams and foods that she’s able to cook. WOW!

  10. Isabelle C.

    i can’t believe I missed the National Day for Ice Cream! Chef Devin surely looks great, I’ve read one of her The Biggest Loser cookbooks and her story is inspiring indeed.

  11. I went to Devin’s website and I’m havin’ a great time with all the sweets and foods that ain’t fattening at all! Whoa, I’m really going to take a look at her books and tips! Thanks for sharing this inspiring interview/article, Heidi :)

  12. Katie

    That True Love in a Bowl looks delicious! I have some bananas; I might just have to try it to satisfy this craving for ice cream after reading this post…

  13. I gotta hand it to her for her metabolism, because she’s able to maintain her weight despite the temptation of the ice cream she eats. By the way, I checked her True Love in a Bowl banana-cocoa ice cream and I think my hubby is in for a treat!

  14. Gelli

    Wow, she’s incredible! I wish I could be like her, I mean, I wish I could eat all the ice cream and sweets that I want for the rest of my life and still stay slim… But, just like she said, it’s better to eat sweets when I really need to. And that would be, ah, twice a day?! yes, I think that’s reasonable enough.. 😀

  15. This post just made me smile.. Because, I’m so psyched for having an ice cream, right now! Yup, as in right now.. I’m so glad I get to spend this special day once a year, without worrying about my fats… LOL!

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