'Biggest Loser' Rachel Frederickson Confesses How Much Weight She's Gained

rachel fredericksonAll eyes were on Biggest Loser season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson when she took the stage -- and what the audience saw made jaws drop to the floor. Having dropped 155 pounds, Rachel won the grand prize but left America in a state of shock, debating whether or not the 24-year-old was truly the picture of health and happiness. Now, two months -- and 20 pounds -- later, it seems like she really is. 

Rachel admitted to Us Weekly that she felt like she initially took her weight loss too far and that since the show wrapped, the scale has bounced up to 125 pounds ... which she couldn't be happier about.

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She says that upon seeing her appearance on the BL finale: "The first thing that went through my mind was, 'That's just too much.'"

But in the time since, she says that thanks to relaxing her diet a bit while continuing to work out for an hour six days a week (doing classes like SoulCycle!), she's reached her "perfect weight." Noting that she regularly speaks to the show's psychologist and her nutritionist about her grocery shopping and cooking habits, she doesn't give herself a hard time about the occasional snack or treat that's off-plan, explaining:

I also loosely count calories, but sometimes I might eat an Oreo. It’s not the end of the world.

So true, and so wonderful that she sees that. Definitely a healthy, balanced perspective.

Rachel also notes that she sees silver lining in what happened after she won the show: 

It started a discussion about body image. That's huge.

Also ... true. But it's still concerning to think that she felt she had to go so low in the first place. That it took 20 pounds above her "winning weight" for her to feel like she was at the perfect weight. That's simply NOT okay. For that, I'd blame The Biggest Loser more than Rachel herself. Something apparently has to give about their process and how they reward weight loss.

As for Rachel, I feel like we can only admire her for not only being honest about putting on those 20 pounds, but embracing it and owning her journey, which definitely hasn't been the most conventional (or necessarily best-advised), but has gotten her to what she sees as the "perfect," happy, healthy place.

What do you think about Rachel's weight gain? How do you think The Biggest Loser needs to change?

 

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