Minnesota 'Biggest Loser' winner on 'Today' show: 'It was absolutely healthy weight loss'On Wednesday's "Today" show, Stillwater native and "Biggest Loser" winner Rachel Frederickson was interviewed about all the controversy surrounding her dramatic 155-pound weight loss.
By: Amy Carlson Gustafson, St. Paul Pioneer Press
On Wednesday's "Today" show, Stillwater native and "Biggest Loser" winner Rachel Frederickson was interviewed about all the controversy surrounding her dramatic 155-pound weight loss.
When Frederickson was on the NBC morning show Feb. 5, the day after the "Biggest Loser" finale where she revealed her new, very thin body, there was no mention about the buzz Frederickson's mega weight loss had caused on social media. But three weeks after the finale, Savannah Guthrie talked to Frederickson about the aftermath of winning the popular NBC weight-loss TV show.
And while Guthrie didn't ask Frederickson what her current weight is, the 24-year-old former swim champ definitely looked healthier than the last time she was on the show.
Frederickson told Guthrie she felt amazing on the stage during the "Biggest Loser" finale and thought she shined in her dress, but later discovered the critical chatter on Twitter. She said she was surprised because she "felt so proud of everything I had accomplished."
Guthrie asked Frederickson if she understood why people were worried about her after she lost nearly 60 percent of her body weight in such a short time and whether it was a healthy weight loss.
"It was absolutely healthy weight loss," Frederickson said. "I dieted, exercised and did it healthy the whole way. I appreciate all the concern, and I can see where it comes from. 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."
Frederickson said she's in the maintenance mode of her weight-loss journey. She also said her mom was her No. 1 role model. Guthrie ended the interview by asking whether Frederickson feared old habits coming back.
"Of course, that thought always comes up," she said. "But I think that what I've learned is that I have an inner strength, I have a voice, and I can trust myself. I didn't trust myself, I was critical, and I judged myself."
After taking home the "Biggest Loser" crown and its $250,000 prize, Frederickson's weight loss has been debated excessively. She was featured on the cover of People and various tabloid magazines and was talked about on TV entertainment news shows.