Minnesota native and "Biggest Loser" winner Rachel Frederickson told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday she's proud of her weight loss and insists it was absolutely healthy. Frederickson spoke less than three weeks after some critics thought she appeared gaunt on the finale of the reality competition.
The Pioneer Press says Frederickson addressed the controversy over her dramatic 155-pound weight loss with "Today" co-host Savannah Guthrie. Frederickson, a three-time swimming champ who graduated from Stillwater Senior High School, did not reveal to Guthrie how much weight she put back on.
Addressing people's concerns about losing so much weigh so fast, Frederickson told Guthrie that "it was absolutely healthy weight loss."
"I dieted, exercised and did it healthy the whole way. I appreciate all the concern, and I can see where it comes from," Frederickson said. "And there is the movie magic, it's over seven months – it's almost a year of my life. I was very unhealthy at 260 pounds. Now, post finale, I'm the healthiest, most alive I've ever felt."
Rachel Frederickson before and after "The Biggest Loser" (photo: NBC).
Frederickson created a firestorm on social media – including tweets of stunned looks of two of the show's trainers – when she walked out onstage during the finale of "The Biggest Loser" 20 days ago. Many tweets questioned whether the 24-year-old had an eating disorder.
NBC has a before and after gallery of all of this season's "Biggest Loser" contestants.
Her dramatic transformation has been heavily scrutinized by the media as well, where magazine covers and talk show hosts have debated whether the Los Angeles-based voice-over artist went too far in her ambitions to lose weight.
Frederickson told Guthrie she was surprised at the reaction to her weight loss, but has no regrets.
"I felt so proud of everything I had accomplished," Frederickson said. "My journey was my own. I loved it. I lived it. I felt really proud of what I did."