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‘Biggest Loser’ winner Rachel Frederickson: ‘The athlete in me really came back’

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We had a chance to talk with “Biggest Loser” season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson, 24, who broke show records with her nearly 60 percent weight loss to take home the $250,000 top prize.

In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, we asked her about her plans to keep at her goal. The 5-foot-5 voiceover actor went from 260 pounds to 105 pounds during the course of the show and her time at home.

“I’m definitely going to continue on this path with the support of everyone at ‘The Biggest Loser’ and make them proud,” she said and added that now that the show is over, she’s hoping to find balance with exercise, work and eating.

We asked her about some of the favorite recipes that fueled her on The Biggest Loser Ranch.

“Every day on the ranch I made this French toast. It’s an egg-white French toast and it is to die for,” she said. “That is my go-to breakfast or that or I make an egg white, spinach, cherry tomato and mushroom omelet. And then we made these sweet potato chips for the challenge with Sam Kass from The White House.”

But her dramatic weight loss was Topic No. 1 during the interview.

“I am extremely proud of the way I lost the weight on the show,” she said. “I did everything so naturally, and the athlete in me really came back.”

What did she think of the public discussion about her weight?

“First and foremost, my goals are to be healthy and strong, I’m an athlete. I’ve been an athlete since I was a little girl,” the former competitive swimmer said. “And I went on ‘The Biggest Loser’ journey to find that confidence that I lost and through the challenges, through the challenge that I fought to get into the finale, I found that girl again.”

She repeatedly stressed that she’ll be working on finding a balance between the weight she once was and her final weight. “Now it’s about putting on the pendulum swing and finding that balance,” she said.

“I went to an extremely heavy weight and now it’s about finding that balance in my lifestyle and just maintaining this active, healthy, strong person that has just come out through this seven-and-a-half month journey.”

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