‘The Biggest Loser’ Season 15 champ Rachel Frederickson ignited a firestorm of controversy when she lost 60 percent of her bodyweight to earn the title, making her the first contestant in the show’s long history to end a season underweight. However, Rachel is denying all accusations of having an eating disorder, telling reports she eats ‘five times a day!’
24-year-old Rachel Frederickson shocked Biggest Loser fans (and her trainers) when she shed 155 pounds and revealed a frail 105 lb. frame on the show’s Feb. 4 finale. Find out what she had to say about her dramatic weight loss — and those eating disorder accusations — below!
‘Biggest Loser’: Rachel Frederickson Denies Eating Disorder
During a Feb. 5 phone conference, Reality TV World reports that Rachel skipped around all of the questions about her alleged eating disorder.
“Oh gosh, I didn’t even see [those rumors!]” she said, when a reporter mentioned the backlash. “I feel like my journey on The Biggest Loser was my path, and I followed the advice and had the support of the Biggest Loser medical team at the entire journey. So [my weight loss] has just been natural, and I’ve enjoyed every part of it. So I’m going to continue on that path and maintain this healthy lifestyle and just really enjoy this new life.”
When prodded again, Rachel insisted that her “1,600 calorie” diet “budget” came at the behest of her Biggest Loser family.
“We are given a calorie budget and I stuck to that,” Rachel said. “I’ve done lots of working out and the finale was very enthusiastic [about losing weight]… I followed The Biggest Loser exercise and healthy eating routine, so I actually eat five times a day because it’s better for your metabolism. I eat a protein in every meal, and then when I had down time, my butt was in the gym.”
Fair enough. Still, reporters expressed frustration at Rachel’s refusal to directly address the omnipotence of the online rumors, as she instead focused on how excited she was to be at 105.
“I am extremely proud of the way I lost the weight,” she continued. “I did everything so naturally, and the athlete in me came back… I’m definitely going to continue on this path with the support of everyone at The Biggest Loser and make them proud while I’m in this maintenance mode of life; finding balance with exercise and putting in work and eating. So absolutely I’m going to continue being healthy.”
Sorry, folks — looks like Rachel isn’t going to budge!
Rachel Frederickson On Jillian & Bob’s Shocked Reactions
One of the biggest testaments to the extreme nature of Rachel’s weight loss were the highly-shared facial reaction of trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, who didn’t seem too thrilled about Rachel’s new frame:
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The trainers posted a very telling statement saying that they “weren’t comfortable” commenting on Rachel’s weight loss, but Rachel insisted that their shock was only due to excitement after not seeing her for 3 1/2 months.
“Yeah, Dolvett [Quince] was my trainer on the ranch and you don’t see anyone — no contestants — [after you leave the ranch],” Rachel explained. “From the minute you walk through those doors, it’s like, ‘Wow! Look at everyone’s transformations!’ It’s truly overwhelming in the room anyways, and exciting, but then just to see everyone and how wonderful they look, it’s just truly amazing.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Did Rachel dance around the issue, or did she answer to your satisfaction?
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