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'Biggest Loser' Winner Rachel Frederickson Gains 20 Pounds After Too Skinny Criticisms

April 3, 2014 (8:54 am) GMT
Frederickson, who faced backlash due to her drastic weight loss on the NBC reality show, now weighs 125 pounds and feels that she's at her 'perfect weight.'

Rachel Frederickson did listen to the criticisms addressed to her following her drastic weight loss on "". Two months after she was announced as the winner of the show, she has gained about 20 pounds.

"I've gone up about 20 pounds," she tells Us Weekly in the latest issue. "I think I'm at my perfect weight." Frederickson previously shed 155 lbs. or 59.62% of her initial weight to 105 lbs. on the NBC reality series.

She sparked concern among viewers who thought she looked anorexic during the show's season 15 finale. "It started a discussion about body image. That's huge," she said of the extreme weight loss.

Of how she maintains her slim figure, she reveals, "I work out an hour, six days a week. I love classes like Soul Cycle. I also loosely count calories, but sometimes I might eat an Oreo. It's not the end of the world."

When stopping by "" on February 26, Frederickson admitted to , "I did work so hard for the finale and for finding myself again. I felt amazing on the stage. I felt like I shined in my dress. I got off the stage and Twitter was all abuzz. There was just so much chatter about it."

She added at the time, "I'm in maintenance mode, which is just as hard as losing the weight, I think. It's a big balance."

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