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Trainers Address The Biggest Loser Winner's Weight Loss

The Biggest Loser Trainers Address Winner's Dramatic Weight Loss

The Biggest Loser is known for dramatic weight-loss makeovers, but this week, viewers worried things went too far. Winner Rachel Frederickson debuted a controversial transformation when she weighed in at 105 pounds. The 24-year-old former swimmer had lost 60 percent of her body weight and won $250,000. While Rachel said, "I've never felt this great before," the media and fans on the Internet expressed concern, with some responses bordering on unsupportive. Now the trainer who worked with her on the show, Dolvett Quince, and his costar trainer Jillian Michaels are breaking their silence over the controversial finale.

Dolvett wrote on Facebook:

Last night's Biggest Loser Finale has sparked a huge reaction and I do not want the day to end without addressing it. Biggest Loser is a journey which has its ups and downs. Please try not to look at one slice of Rachel's journey and come to broad conclusions. Rachel's health is and always has been my main concern and her journey to good health has not yet ended!!

Jillian Michaels wrote on behalf of herself and fellow trainer Bob Harper:

So here it is.

Bob and I want to take a moment to congratulate all of the BL contestants on their hard work. We're not comfortable commenting on Rachel's journey because weren't her trainers and weren't given an opportunity to work with her at any point. Any questions about the contestants on the Biggest Loser should be directed to the show's producers.

As for Rachel, she said she's "going to embrace the new me and continue this journey." She says her "body is going to balance and find this rhythm with this new maintenance and it will be perfect."

Source: NBC
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RC1874 RC1874 1 year
I think, more than anything, this finale exposed the biggest flaw in the show. Do I think Rachel lost too much weight? Yes. If pressed, and not subject to confidentiality restrictions, I'm guessing Rachel might say the same. What it comes down to is that Rachel didn't have as much left to lose as the other two finalists. She knew that; we all knew that. But she had come so far and found so much success that in a sense it wouldn't be fair that she not win the final prize just because she didn't start as fat as the other two men. Add to that premise the fact that she had no idea how the other two finalists were progressing toward their goal. Of course she's going to over-do it. She's a fierce competitor and in the end it worked for her. What I'm most concerned about is that she'll feel this need to maintain her finale figure -- and that more impressionable viewers will think that her finale figure is what they should be striving toward. I wish NBC would acknowledge that the show's structure in a sense pushed Rachel to this extreme and then take steps to prevent this from happening again in the future. I'm also hoping that immediately after the show, Rachel went and treated herself to a steak with all the trimmings and scaled back her exercise regimen to something that is more reasonable and healthy.
Tisha15367187 Tisha15367187 1 year
Too much, too fast. looks anorexic
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