Jillian Michaels Says Biggest Loser Winner Rachel Frederickson “Lost Too Much Weight”

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Jillian Micheals  had no idea Rachel Fredrickson had lost 155 pounds by the show’s series finale. During the live finale, Jillian and fellow trainer Bob Harper, looked stunned when Rachel revealed her super skinny figure. Jillian even mouthed “oh my god” several times. Rachel went from a size 20 to a size 0/2.  Jillian talked to HuffPost Live in a recent Skype interview and spilled the details.

“Nobody told me like, ‘Oh hey, Rachel is very, very thin.’ Bob [Harper] and I had no idea. Nobody had told us. Nobody had said anything to us. So yes, I was stunned. Obviously I thought she had lost too much weight.”

“I was immediately concerned and wondering how this happened.”

“In my opinion, this had fallen through those checks and balances. With that said, anybody who gains too much weight or loses too much weight, ironically these are manifestations of the same issue. It simply means that somebody is utilizing their relationship with food to manage emotions that are painful, hard, difficult to face or control.”

Rachel Frederickson Talks Biggest Loser Controversy on Today Show

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Rachel Frederickson appeared on the Today Show today and discussed the weight loss controversy surrounding her extreme weight loss that ended with her winning The Biggest Loser.

“You know, I did work so hard for the finale and finding myself again,” she explained to TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. “I felt amazing on the stage. I felt like I shined in my dress. Then I got off the stage, and Twitter was all abuzz.”

“I was (surprised), because I felt proud of everything I’d accomplished,” she said. “My journey was my own, and I loved it; I lived it. So, I felt really proud of what I did.”

“It was absolutely healthy weight loss,” she assured. “I dieted and exercised and did it healthy the whole way. I appreciate all the concern, and I can see where it comes from. There is the ‘movie magic’ — it’s over (the course of) seven months; it’s almost a year of my life losing the weight. I was very unhealthy at 260 pounds and now, post finale, I’m the healthiest, most alive I’ve ever felt.”

She’s now in maintenance mode and does worry about slipping up:

“Of course, that thought always comes up, but I think what I’ve learned is that I have an inner strength,” she said. “I have a voice and I can trust myself. (Before) I didn’t trust myself. I was critical, and I judged myself.”

“It’s just this self-image that you’re with you the rest of your life, so you better accept you and love yourself. If everyone can have that gift, then that’s amazing. That’s what I’ve gotten from ‘The Biggest Loser.'”

NBC - Rachel Seeing and Reacting to her "Before"

NBC – Rachel Seeing and Reacting to her “Before”

Biggest Loser Controversy – Did Winner Rachel Frederickson Lose Too Much?

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NBC – Rachel’s Before and After

Rachel Frederickson lost 155 pounds on The Biggest Loser, winning the $250,000 prize. However, some are wondering if she lost too much and are worried about her health. 24-year-old Rachel, who is 5’4″,  went from 260 pounds to 105 pounds.

E! reported today that The Biggest Loser producers are considering “small but significant tweaks” to the show in light of the controversy including more support and check-ins for the contestants after they leave the Biggest Loser ranch.

After seeing her dramatic weight loss, some speculated Rachel is suffering from an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, while Rachel says her transformation was due to a 1,600-calorie-a-day diet and working out over eight hours a day. She says she walked for hours every day at a treadmill desk, did daily gym workouts, and attended up to four exercise classes a day, including Zumba and spinning.

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NBC – Rachel Looking Very Thin

Trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper gasped when Rachel did her big reveal during the show’s finale. Harper was stunned saying, “We’ve never had a contestant come in at 105 pounds.”

Rachel’s trainer, Dolvett Quince, author of the 3-1-2-1 Diet, defended Rachel on Facebook saying, “Please try not to look at one slice of Rachel’s journey and come to broad conclusions.”

Many contestants regain weight once they’re back to real life and some have speculated that her extreme weight loss and fitness are just the result of a contestant determined to win the $250,000.

Fellow contestant Ali Vincent said “I’m hoping she will follow her plan to get back to her fighting weight. If in a few months she’s still exactly where she is right now, then it’s our responsibility to get her some help.”

Rachel told People Magazine, “I came here to gain back my life, and I did exactly that. I’ve found that proud, confident girl that has so much respect for herself.”

So, what do you guys think?

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NBC – Rachel Seeing and Reacting to her “Before” Body