When The Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson revealed she had lost 155 pounds over the course of the season, she faced some backlash. Some felt her dramatic weight loss had gone too far, and trainer Jillian Michaels is apparently one of them.
"I was stunned," she said during an interview with HuffPost Live. "I thought she had lost too much weight."
Michaels explained that the show has "checks and balances" meant to make sure the contestants are not taking things too far. After they leave the ranch, they are supposed to be monitored by their trainers. Michaels said the show failed Frederickson, and that she never should have been allowed to lose what she did.
"In my opinion, this had fallen through those checks and balances," Michaels said.
Frederickson appeared in the final episode to show off her weight loss, but later seemed to understand the consequences. In an interview with People, she said, "Maybe I was a little too enthusiastic in my training to get to the finale."
The 24-year-old's comments suggest she may not be training so intensely in the future.
"I trained like an athlete for the finale," she added. "Now I am a girl in her real life."
But Michaels said the amount of weight lost by Frederickson may signify deeper problems that were not solved by the show.
"Anybody who gains too much weight or loses too much weight... these are manifestations of the same issue," she said. "It simply means that somebody is utilizing their relationship with food to manage emotions that are painful, hard, difficult to face or control."
And although Frederickson said she may be cutting back, she made sure to explain that "I've never felt better. I keep saying it: I am healthy."
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