Even though some have questioned the extreme 155-pound weight loss of The Biggest Loser‘s latest winner, Rachel Frederickson, the former professional swimmer could not be more excited or proud of her accomplishment.
According to Us Weekly, who spoke to the happy victor in a conference call where she revealed her reaction to Tuesday night’s win:
“Oh gosh, I just see a strong, confident woman, and I feel great,” the 24-year-old gushed. “I’ve never felt this great, and it’s very exciting!”
At a posted 5’4″ or 5’5″- but who is counting, Frederickson revealed that after starting the show at 260 pounds, her current weight of 105 pounds was her goal. It took a resounding 7 months to do what most spend years trying to do. Speaking from personal experience losing weight is a hard and slow process.
It takes a year to lose the weight and a lifetime to lose the bad habits. I looked at Rachel and my first thought is “Wow she looks amazing she is so skinny, and she is only 3 inches shorter than me.” My second thought “Is she too skinny?” I will say my first thought is my real thought and my second thought is a jab.
I reached my goal but struggle with a 5lb fluctuation and it frustrates me hence the jab. I had people ask me- “how much more are you going to lose?” and I had people say “You do not need to lose anymore.” My thoughts cannot be on her weight. My thoughts need to refocus on what I can control because that girl does not give two rips what I think. So that being said, what I think is that I can stand to be exactly 7lbs lighter and i would be happy- but when I get there will that be too much? I am not sure.
I wonder if Rachel reached a point that when she got to 120 lb that it was not good enough, so she went to 110, and so on. Weight loss can create monster, so I am here to say it is important to be a healthier version of you and do not let others dictate the person you should be. In the world of eating disorders both disorders on the skinny side and the heavy side, it is important to realize the following truth…it is a lifestyle and allow yourself to be healthier versions of the person you were.
- Try to lose 1 to 2 lbs a week- this is a sign of a Life Style Change!
- Keep your calories no less than 1200 calories per day- otherwise you are freaking starving!
- Workout should be 1-2 hours but not 5 to 6– unless you are running a marathon!
So do I think Rachel is too skinny? I will answer this way- I do not know her BMI and she has indicated she is not going to lose anymore- she is at goal. It is likely she will gain a little back- we all fluctuate. What I will say is after carrying that weight around, she probably is a lot lighter and happier which is exactly how I feel.
So I encourage anyone starting a journey, in the middle of a journey or at the end of a journey- be a healthier you and if you do not know what that is –meet with a Personal Trainer or Nutritionist- be smart and accountable and will reach your goal!