'Biggest Loser' Winner Rachel on Her Shocking Weight Loss: 'Now It's About Finding the Balance'
You saw the looks on trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels's faces when "The Biggest Loser" contestant Rachel Frederickson revealed her 155-pound weight loss to the audience at Tuesday's season 15 finale … they were shocked, as was the audience, and Frederickson's fellow competitors.
Losing 59.62 percent of her 260-pound starting weight left the one-time nationally competitive swimmer with 105 pounds on her 5'5" frame, a body many critics and viewers called out as too skinny, and even frighteningly thin.
Oh no. I feel like Rachel lost too much. I actually feel concerned. I had to turn away. #BiggestLoser— Arianne Young (@Bettykiss) February 5, 2014
There needs to be a red line that disqualifies finalists for too much weight loss based on a minimum BMI threshold #biggestloser— Joseph Jaffe (@jaffejuice) February 5, 2014
Former contestant Kim Nielsen tweeted:
And I thought I was too skinny at The Biggest Loser finale......that was ridiculous!!— Kim Nielsen (@KimBL13) February 5, 2014
Frederickson's response to the comments and criticisms?
"With my journey, I truly found the person I want to be," the 24-year-old voiceover artist said during a press call on Wednesday. "So, it's about the lifestyle for me, and now, adding in the maintenance lifestyle, adding work, and finding the balance and adjusting the exercising. I think this is all going to become a rhythm and it's just so exciting … I've never felt this great, and I know I'm going to feel even better."
[Photos: 'The Biggest Loser' Season 15 Makeovers]
The facts: Frederickson lost the weight in seven-and-a-half months, four on "The Biggest Loser" ranch — under the daily care and supervision of the show's trainers and medical staff — and three-and-a-half months on her own. She says once she left the ranch, she followed the 1,600-calorie-a-day eating plan she'd been given on the show, and began working part-time so she'd have enough time every day to take as many as four exercise classes.