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'Biggest Loser' Rachel Frederickson rips anorexia rumors: I regained 15 pounds

The "Biggest Loser" winner Rachel Frederickson said she's no longer dieting and working out intensely, and has regained 15 pounds.

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Biggest Loser Rachel Frederickson deny anorexia, defend weight loss.
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"I'm in maintenance mode. I have gained 15 pounds, so I'm up a little bit," a healthier-looking Frederickson told Access Hollywood.

Rachel said she feels amazing after her 155-pound weight loss, and dismissed reports she's suffering from the eating disorders anorexia or bulimia. The 5-foot-4 Frederickson, who previously weighed 260 pounds, slimmed down to 105 pounds and was named the winner of season 15 of "The Biggest Loser."

Rachel's emaciated body immediately fueled rumors she was suffering from anorexia or bulimia, but she said her weight loss was healthy, and she did not starve herself.

"There was quite a bit of talk, 'Did she lose too much? Is she healthy?' " said Frederickson. "And absolutely, I'm 100 percent healthy and I'm so proud of my journey."

Frederickson's skeletal appearance on finale night (Feb. 5) drew alarmed gasps from trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper. Harper later confessed he was "stunned" by Rachel's drastic weight loss. Jillian called her weight loss extreme and "too much."

Meanwhile, Frederickson's trainer, Dolvett Quince, author of The 3-1-2-1 Diet, said Rachel lost weight the healthy way, and asked fans not to jump to conclusions.

Frederickson has insisted all along that she did not starve herself to slim down, saying she followed a 1,600-calorie-a-day diet and worked out up to eight hours a day. The former competitive swimmer said she walked for hours every day at a treadmill desk, squeezed in daily gym workouts, and took Zumba and spinning classes.

Looking back, Frederickson understands people's concerns, but insists she was — and remains — perfectly healthy. "I'm really happy where I'm at," she said. "I've been happy at every part of my journey and I know that I'll continue on, but right now I'm happy."

Rachel's super-skinny appearance has caused outrage among "Biggest Loser" fans, who said selecting someone who looks unhealthy as the winner sends the wrong message. Show executives responded to the criticism by saying they will tweak the weight-loss competition to provide more support and check-ins for the contestants after they leave the Biggest Loser ranch.


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