What Happened To Rachel Frederickson After Her Controversial Biggest Loser Win?

"The Biggest Loser" has seen some dramatic weight transformations over the years. Fans may remember contestant Rachel Frederickson, who had one of the most controversial wins of all time. Viewers were astounded by her substantial weight loss as she shed 155 pounds during Season 15, bringing her weight down to 105 pounds. Many people believed that she had gone too far with her extreme and quick changes in weight. Physician and best-selling author Ian Smith told USA Today, "If Rachel lost her weight through hard work and determination, I definitely applaud her efforts. However, to lose 60% of your body weight in a short period of time can be unhealthy and put a person at risk for several medical problems including gallstones, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances."

Yet Frederickson swore that she lost weight properly. She told Today, "It was absolutely healthy weight loss. I dieted and exercised and did it healthy the whole way." Nonetheless, it was painful for the reality TV star to face so much criticism.

Rachel Frederickson subsequently struggled with her self-esteem

Rachel Frederickson was beyond thrilled to win Season 15 of "The Biggest Loser." In an interview at "The Biggest Loser" finale, she revealed, "I feel so wonderful. I mean it's been — what a life-changing opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime to get the second chance back and I've taken hold of it, I've run with it, and you know I'm taking charge of my life and it just means the world." However, with a 155-pound weight loss, many fans voiced their opinions that her transformation was drastic and unhealthy, per Us Weekly. The immediate controversy took its toll on the reality TV star.

Following her victory on "The Biggest Loser," Frederickson was represented by Today as a "Voice of 2014." She described how hard it was to be the subject of such harsh criticism, noting that it was hurtful. She wrote, "My self-esteem once again was affected by other people's voices — this time, the kind that live forever in Facebook posts or written in the pages of magazines." Yet, Frederickson embraced her inner strength in order to get through these tough times. She concluded her essay with some powerful words of wisdom, writing, "My question to you is this: What voices will you allow into your life to tell you who you are? Everyone's voice is powerful. Is your voice going to be one that tears others down or one that lifts this world up with positivity, hope, and love?"

Rachel Frederickson found balance at last

So, what has Rachel Frederickson been up to since competing on "The Biggest Loser"? Not much is known about her current status, as her Instagram profile is private and she hasn't posted on Twitter since 2015. However, she revealed some key details about her life in her 2014 Today article. She wrote, "I've been taking college classes, working in voice-over, walking dogs at the local shelter, training for my first marathon, and through my new career at DreamJobbing [a website that aids job search], I'm helping others change their story."

She also gained some weight after the show, telling Us Weekly, "I've gone up about 20 pounds. I think I'm at my perfect weight!" She found just the right balance in her eating and exercise habits. She said, "I work out an hour, six days a week. I love classes like SoulCycle. I also loosely count calories, but sometimes I might eat an Oreo. It's not the end of the world."