Despite criticism from The Biggest Loser viewers for losing too much weight, Rachel Frederickson says she did it in a healthy way and she's proud of it.
The 24-year-old was crowned The Biggest Loser winner Tuesday night after going from 260 pounds to 105 pounds, a stunning loss of 155 pounds.
That's 60 percent of her weight going in, and given her 5'5" height, Rachel Frederickson was criticized by many watching (and tweeting) for being anorexic.
She, however, is not paying attention to this.
1. Rachel Frederickson Before and After Photos
Rachel Frederickson before and after weight loss on The Biggest Loser. What a transformation.
2. Rachel Frederickson Before and After
Rachel Frederickson before and after the huge weight loss that won her The Biggest Loser championship!
3. Rachel Frederickson Before Weight Loss
Rachel Frederickson before her amazing weight loss on The Biggest Loser. She weighed 260.
4. Rachel Frederickson After Weight Loss
Rachel Frederickson after her weight loss on The Biggest Loser. She lost 155 of her 260 pounds, now weighing in at 105.
5. Rachel Frederickson on The Biggest Loser
Rachel Frederickson working hard to lose weight on NBC's The Biggest Loser. Mission accomplished and then some.
6. Rachel Frederickson, Biggest Loser
Rachel Frederickson won The Biggest Loser with this incredible weight loss transformation. She's only 105 pounds now!
7. Rachel Frederickson, The Biggest Loser
Rachel Frederickson, The Biggest Loser winner, lost a ton of weight! Those stats speak for themselves!
8. Rachel Frederickson, Biggest Loser Competitor
Rachel Frederickson, The Biggest Loser competitor and later winner. What a transformation she achieved.
9. Rachel Frederickson, David Brown and Bobby Saleem
David Brown, Rachel Frederickson and Bobby Saleem of The Biggest Loser fame. Which one of them won it all?
10. The Biggest Loser Season 15 Finalists
The Biggest Loser Season 15 finalists are ready for their final weigh-in. Rachel ended up winning it all.
11. Rachel Frederickson in Disbelief
Rachel Frederickson can't believe her weight loss on The Biggest Loser. Nor can viewers.
Rachel insists that she makes "super healthy" choices, and eats no more than 1,600 calories a day that includes a combination of carbs, fat and protein.
"I worked out a ton," she said on a media conference call. "I followed the advice and supervision of the medical team at The Biggest Loser the entire journey."
"I'm extremely proud of the way I lost the weight," Rachel continued. "It's okay to have your own path and be different ... it's been pretty empowering."
Meanwhile, Biggest Loser trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, who were noticeably stunned Tuesday, broke their silence on Rachel's weight loss.
Sort of. Jillian posted on Facebook: "So here it is. Bob and I want to take a moment to congratulate all of the BL contestants on their hard work."
However, she specifically added that she would not be weighing in on the topic:
"We're not comfortable commenting on Rachel's journey because we weren't her trainers and weren't given an opportunity to work with her at any point."
She concluded, almost like a disclaimer, that "Any questions about the contestants on The Biggest Loser should be directed to the show's producers."
Basically ... please don't drag me into this controversy in any way, shape or form.
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