Minnesota native Rachel Frederickson is publicly addressing her dramatic weight loss on the NBC reality competition "The Biggest Loser."
Frederickson talked exclusively with People magazine about her controversial win last week in a new cover story titled "Too Thin Too Fast?" She dropped nearly 60 percent of her body weight – going from 260 to 105 pounds in a 7 1/2-month period – to win the show's top prize of $250,000.
But she was immediately scrutinized on social media before the episode concluded.
Frederickson, who graduated a three-time state swimming champion from Stillwater High School, says to People, "Maybe I was a little too enthusiastic in my training to get to the finale." She says she worked out six hours a day and consumed 1,600 calories a day.
"I was a contestant, and I trained like an athlete for the finale," Frederickson says. "Now I am a girl in her real life."
Frederickson, 24, also told the magazine that she is not trying to lose additional weight.
Frederickson's trainer, Dolvett Quince, told People that Frederickson passed all the required medical tests in preparation of the final episode, "ensuring she was healthy."
However, Quince added, "The first thing that went through my mind was, 'That's just too much.'"
Quince also said the contestants' health and well-being is the "No. 1 priority" on "The Biggest Loser."
Meanwhile, a source tells E! Online that the show says it is considering some "small but significant tweaks" in response to the Frederickson controversy.
"There might be more focus on what happens to the winner after they are supposedly done with the show," a source tied to the series told the publication.
In Frederickson's case, she dropped an additional 45 pounds before she appeared on the finale.
E! Online says Frederickson, at 5 feet 4 inches and 105 pounds, is below the National Institute of Health's healthy body mass index.