First she was too big. Then she was too small. Now, Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson has found her happy medium. Nearly two months after she shocked viewers of NBC's weight loss competition with her 155-pound slimdown, the 24-year-old voice actress is 20 pounds heavier — and thrilled. In the new issue of Us Weekly, she opens up about life after The Biggest Loser, maintaining her health, and indulging in the occasional Oreo.
"I've gone up about 20 pounds," the now-125-pound Frederickson tells Us. "I think I'm at my perfect weight!"
Frederickson, a former athlete, received criticism back in February when she appeared on the season 15 finale of The Biggest Loser weighing just 105 pounds. She won the competition — which is now casting its 16th season — but many thought she had gone too far with her hours-long workouts and super-strict diet. These days, she's a little more relaxed with her routine.
"I work out an hour, six days a week. I love classes like SoulCycle," she shares. "I also loosely count calories, but sometimes I might eat an Oreo. It's not the end of the world."
As for what keeps her motivated? "We have monthly calls with the other contestants and the show psychologist," Frederickson explains to Us. "And our nutritionist is available 24/7. I'll call her from the farmers' market and say, 'What is this? How would I cook it?'"
Frederickson has come a long way from the 260-pound girl she was when she started the show, and she has no regrets about anything that's happened since. Even the backlash was "a gift," she says. "It started a discussion about body image," she tells Us. "That's huge."