No future winner of The Biggest Loser is likely to look as rail-thin as Rachel Frederickson, thanks to "small but significant tweaks" to the series, reports indicate.
Sources connected to the show tell E! News that producers are looking to add more support and check-ins for contestants after they shoot the final episode.
The discussion about what happens to the contestants after leaving the ranch can be traced to the winner of the most recent season, Rachel Frederickson.
In the three months between the grueling on-air workouts and the season finale weigh-in, she lost an additional 45 pounds and shocked the audience.
At 5'4", she weighed in at 105 pounds, down from a peak of 260, leaving Jillian Michaels and the show's other trainers with their jaws on the ground.
In turn, "there might be more focus on what happens to the winner after they are supposedly done with the show," says one source tied to the hit series.
In past seasons, most contestants have actually gained back at least nominal sums of weight after leaving the ranch where The Biggest Loser is filmed.
When they leave the show, they aren't closely monitored or offered the multiple hours of workouts they receive while filming, thus the modest reversal.
Not Rachel. She continued to lose weight, and HARD.
While some praised her dedication to the cause, others said her resulting body mass index was unhealthy and that the show's methods were unethical.
Dramatic weight loss will continue to be the focus on the series - it is the reason for it, after all - but that time period is now being revisited and rethought.
Frederickson's trainer, Dolvett Quince, defended Rachel's extreme weight loss on Facebook: "Biggest Loser is a journey which has its ups and downs."
"Please try not to look at one slice of Rachel's journey and come to broad conclusions. Rachel's health is, and always has been, my main concern."
"Her journey to good health has not yet ended!!"
What do you think? Do The Biggest Loser changes as described above need to be made? And is reigning champion Rachel too skinny for her own good?