When Rachel Frederickson left The Biggest Loser ranch, her goal was to keep the weight off and then some. She succeeded, to put things mildly.
Returning to the show 45 lbs. lighter than she left it, for a total weight loss of 155 lbs., the spotlight is now focused on whether she is too skinny.
Currently a size 0/2 and 105 lbs., Rachel Frederickson herself briefly addressed the controversy that has erupted following her amazing transformation.
"First and foremost, my goals are to be healthy and strong," the former competitive swimmer said about the backlash her slender frame has caused.
"I'm an athlete," she added. "I've been an athlete since I was a little girl. And I went on The Biggest Loser journey to find that confidence that I lost."
Asked about her diet and exercise regimen, The Biggest Loser winner said:
"I just continued to follow the support system that I had from The Biggest Loser's [diet] plan, Dr. Cheryl's nutritional advice and ... continued to eat super healthy."
Citing several recipes from the Ranch, she said egg white French toast and an egg white, spinach, tomato and mushroom omelet are her "go-to breakfasts."
At the same time, she's taking "maybe three, four classes a day" at the gym. "I even went home over the holidays to Minnesota, and I went running outside."
Reiterating that she is in "maintenance mode," she said she was excited for "this next part of my journey, as my body balances and, you know, it finds its rhythm."
Will she tone it down? Possibly, she says: "It's going to be about finding, maybe doing a yoga class this day, a gym class this day and I even, I think I'm going to try dance classes."
The Biggest Loser trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper have declined to address the firestorm surrounding Frederickson and her body this week.
Her trainer, Dolvett Quince, spoke out, saying, "Rachel's health is and always has been my main concern and her journey to good health has not yet ended!"
Interesting wording there. Asked whether she felt she was now at a "healthy and sustainable" weight on Tuesday, Frederickson replied, "absolutely."
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