When Rachel Frederickson stepped out on stage to show how much weight she lost, no one was prepared for her transformation. She even shocked the other trainers. According to Us Weekly, Feb. 28, 2014, Jillian Michaels, “The Biggest Loser” trainer, finally speaks out about Rachel’s dramatic transformation.
The camera captured Jillian while she mouthed, "Oh my God" several times as Rachel walked out on stage for the season finale. Jillian spoke out in a Skype interview with the Huffington Post about Rachel's weight loss. She said, "Nobody told me like, 'Oh hey, Rachel is very, very thin.' Bob [Harper] and I had no idea. Nobody had told us. Nobody had said anything to us. So yes, I was stunned. Obviously I thought she had lost too much weight."
The trainers keep track of the contestants once they go home, but its with their own team members. She said that somehow Rachel seemed to fall through the cracks to lose that much weight. The trainers are very concerned that she has gone to the other side of the spectrum. Instead of being overweight, she is close to being anorexic.
Jillian continued to say, "In my opinion, this had fallen through those checks and balances," she continued. "With that said, anybody who gains too much weight or loses too much weight, ironically these are manifestations of the same issue. It simply means that somebody is utilizing their relationship with food to manage emotions that are painful, hard, difficult to face or control."
When the season started, Rachel weighed 260 pounds, but by the season’s end, she was down to 105 pounds. That means she lost 60% of her body weight. It is the most any contestant has ever lost. Rachel insists that she followed a healthy weight loss plan and did not take things too far.