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Give The Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson credit for her attitude.

After her stunning 155-pound weight loss - and resulting 105-pound frame - were revealed on the Season 15 finale, the 24-year-old faced major backlash.

Millions of viewers of NBC's weight loss competition, and some of the trainers who helped her, thought she had gone too far and was too skinny now.

Rachel Frederickson didn't see it as just criticism, though. Just concern.

Rachel Frederickson After The Biggest Loser

"I'll always be grateful for the concern everyone had," Rachel tells Us Weekly.

"I will say, I had so much positive support, even on social media. Honestly, you look at it and you say, 'Wow, if people are talking, they're concerned or supportive.'"

"And at the end of the day, that's pretty amazing to have so many people aware of what I went through," she added, "and what others are going through."

Wow. That is one positive outlook. She admits it wasn't always easy, though.

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The Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson hasn't kept all the weight off since the show's finale, and in her case, she says that's a very good thing.

The winner of the 15th season, who shocked the cast and TBL viewers with her wild 155-pound slimdown, revealed that she has since gained 20 back.

She does not regret the big response to her big reveal, however.

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"It started a discussion about body image. That's huge," Rachel says of the debate over whether she was too thin upon revealing her winning figure at the time.

Since then, "I've gone up about 20 pounds," she adds.

As a result of that, "I think I'm at my perfect weight."

That would put the 24-year-old Rachel Frederickson at a sound 125 pounds, after weighing for the final time on The Biggest Loser at just 105.

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When Rachel Frederickson revealed her weight loss on The Biggest Loser finale, even Jillian Michaels was agasp. Until now, though, she hadn't opened up about it.

"I was stunned," the trainer told HuffPost Live.

"I thought she had lost too much weight."

Michaels said the show implements a number of checks and balances, including having the trainers check in with contestants even after the ranch.

But she had no idea Rachel Frederickson had been losing so much on her own, bringing her weight loss total to a staggering 155 pounds (out of 260).

"In my opinion, this had fallen through those checks and balances," she said of The Biggest Loser winner and her controversial season-ending reveal.

Frederickson herself has since said she may have gone to an extreme, admitting: "Maybe I was a little too enthusiastic in my training to get to the finale."

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The Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson, 24, visited Today this morning, and if she was looking to quell criticism of her appearance, she succeeded.

She certainly appeared much healthier than earlier this month, when she won The Biggest Loser and shocked the world with her astonishing weight loss.

Rachel Frederickson on Today

The former swimmer dropped 155 pounds (starting from 260 when the show began) in just a seven-month span, and stunned viewers with her big reveal.

Even trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper were stunned.

Rachel Frederickson came under fire for being too skinny and the show itself was criticized for what some believe is a lack of ethics and oversight.

But since then, the former swimming standout seems to have slightly filled out, with much less severe facial features in what she calls her "maintenance mode."

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When Rachel Frederickson unveiled her 155-pound weight loss in just seven months on The Biggest Loser finale, jaws literally hit the floor. Or at least fell in that direction.

Jillian Michaels' reaction was priceless, while the 24-year-old's trainer, Dolvett Quince, admits he was as "shocked" by her appearance as the viewing populace.

"The first thing that went through my mind was, 'That's just too much,'" he said.

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Rachel Frederickson tells People that perhaps she competed a little too hard, working out six hours a day in the three months leading up to her astonishing reveal.

"Maybe I was a little too enthusiastic in training to get to the finale," says the contestant, who won $250,000 on The Biggest Loser, and who also defends her actions.

Asked point blank whether she has an eating disorder or whether she is too skinny as a result of dropping to 105 lbs., Frederickson replies, "I am very, very healthy."

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In the wake of The Biggest Loser's controversial finale last week, some critics are calling for the NBC show to alter its format, or be canceled altogether.

Rachel Frederickson revealed she'd lost a whopping 155 lbs. - including 45 in the past three months alone - to win this season, and spark controversy.

Now, experts in health, fitness and public relations are weighing in on The Biggest Loser and how it can be improved for future seasons and contestants.

Five suggestions appear below. See if you agree ...

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Rachel Frederickson before and after the huge weight loss that won her The Biggest Loser championship!


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Rachel Frederickson before her amazing weight loss on The Biggest Loser. She weighed 260.


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Rachel Frederickson after her weight loss on The Biggest Loser. She lost 155 of her 260 pounds, now weighing in at 105.


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Rachel Frederickson working hard to lose weight on NBC's The Biggest Loser. Mission accomplished and then some.


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Rachel Frederickson won The Biggest Loser with this incredible weight loss transformation. She's only 105 pounds now!


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Rachel Frederickson, The Biggest Loser winner, lost a ton of weight! Those stats speak for themselves!


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Rachel Frederickson, The Biggest Loser competitor and later winner. What a transformation she achieved.


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David Brown, Rachel Frederickson and Bobby Saleem of The Biggest Loser fame. Which one of them won it all?


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The Biggest Loser Season 15 finalists are ready for their final weigh-in. Rachel ended up winning it all.


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Rachel Frederickson can't believe her weight loss on The Biggest Loser. Nor can viewers.


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Jillian can't believe it either.


1. Set limits on how much contestants can lose. Those who deem Rachel Frederickson too skinny argue that she was allowed to go way, way too far.

Producers "should put measures into place to ensure [excessive weight loss] doesn't happen again," says crisis public relations specialist Jesse Derris.

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The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper admits that he was as shocked as anyone when he saw Rachel Frederickson walk out during Tuesday's finale.

"I was stunned. That would be the word. I mean, we've never had a contestant come in at 105 lbs.," he says in an interview on the Rachael Ray Show.

Rachel Frederickson, 24, started the show at 260 lbs. Yes, 260.

  • Rachel Frederickson: The Biggest Loser Champion
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When she left as a finalist three months ago to work on losing weight at home, she was 150 lbs. Between then and the finale, she lost 45 more.

It was the latter that shocked Jillian Michaels and her Biggest Loser trainer counterparts as much as it did longtime fans of the popular NBC competition.

"What people don't understand is, when the contestants leave to go home … they're in charge of themselves," says Harper, 48, of the show's process.

"So, I had not seen her until that night, and so when she walked out, I was just kind of like, whoa. And I’ve been on the show since the beginning, forever."

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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.

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Rachel Frederickson before and after weight loss on The Biggest Loser. What a transformation.


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Rachel Frederickson before and after the huge weight loss that won her The Biggest Loser championship!


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Rachel Frederickson before her amazing weight loss on The Biggest Loser. She weighed 260.


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Rachel Frederickson after her weight loss on The Biggest Loser. She lost 155 of her 260 pounds, now weighing in at 105.


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Rachel Frederickson working hard to lose weight on NBC's The Biggest Loser. Mission accomplished and then some.


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Rachel Frederickson won The Biggest Loser with this incredible weight loss transformation. She's only 105 pounds now!


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Rachel Frederickson, The Biggest Loser winner, lost a ton of weight! Those stats speak for themselves!


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Rachel Frederickson, The Biggest Loser competitor and later winner. What a transformation she achieved.


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David Brown, Rachel Frederickson and Bobby Saleem of The Biggest Loser fame. Which one of them won it all?


The Biggest Loser Season 15 Finalists

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The Biggest Loser Season 15 finalists are ready for their final weigh-in. Rachel ended up winning it all.


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11. Rachel Frederickson in Disbelief

Rachel Frederickson can't believe her weight loss on The Biggest Loser. Nor can viewers.


Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser Finale

12. Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser Finale

Jillian can't believe it either.


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:

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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.

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Rachel Frederickson before and after weight loss on The Biggest Loser. What a transformation.
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Rachel Frederickson before and after weight loss on The Biggest Loser. What a transformation.


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Rachel Frederickson before and after the huge weight loss that won her The Biggest Loser championship!


Rachel Frederickson Before Weight Loss

3. Rachel Frederickson Before Weight Loss

Rachel Frederickson before her amazing weight loss on The Biggest Loser. She weighed 260.


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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.


Rachel Frederickson on The Biggest Loser

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.


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6. Rachel Frederickson, Biggest Loser

Rachel Frederickson won The Biggest Loser with this incredible weight loss transformation. She's only 105 pounds now!


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7. Rachel Frederickson, The Biggest Loser

Rachel Frederickson, The Biggest Loser winner, lost a ton of weight! Those stats speak for themselves!


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Rachel Frederickson, The Biggest Loser competitor and later winner. What a transformation she achieved.


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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?


The Biggest Loser Season 15 Finalists

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.


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11. Rachel Frederickson in Disbelief

Rachel Frederickson can't believe her weight loss on The Biggest Loser. Nor can viewers.


Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser Finale

12. Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser Finale

Jillian can't believe it either.


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.

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Fans weren't the only ones shocked by The Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson's weight loss. Jillian Michaels herself was at a loss for words.

The personal trainer appeared flabbergasted by Frederickson's 155-pound weight loss (from 260 to 105) on the show's season 15 finale on Tuesday.

When the 24-year-old former high school swimmer walked out onstage for the first time since leaving the ranch last fall ... this was Jill's reaction:

Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser Finale

Michaels could be seen mouthing "Oh my God" after looking at Rachel Frederickson. Several times, in fact, before NBC's camera panned away.

Shrinking from 260 pounds and a size 20 to 105 pounds and a size 0/2, she beat fellow finalists David Brown and Bobby Saleem for the $250,000 prize.

"It's crazy!" the 5-foot-4 reality star said. "But it's not about that. [My body] is absolutely the prize ... to have this energy and to feel alive means the world."

"I lost that athlete, I lost that inner confidence, that self-worth. Throughout the season I started to find that girl again, and at the triathlon, [she] was there.

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