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rachel-frederickson-weight-gain-headerThe Biggest Loser star is much happier following some weight gain.

After winning the 15th season of The Biggest LoserRachel Frederickson has gained weight - and is OK with it. After shocking the world with her transformation by dropping to a dramatic 105, Frederickson is happy about gaining twenty pounds. See what Frederickson has had to say about the weight gain and conversations that were sparked following her time on the show. 

Frederickson doesn't regret the audience's response to her dramatic weight loss story.

"It started a discussion about body image. That's huge," she said. After the show, there was plenty of talk about her weight, saying that after the slim down Rachel was way too thin.

"I think I'm at my perfect weight," she said, after gaining some of the weight back. Rachel, 24, is now at 125 pounds. Both Rachel and the show received some negative backlash, with critics saying they celebrated an unhealthy approach to weight loss. 

Now that Rachel is happy with her weight, she says, it is all about maintenance. A recent Facebook post from Rachel said, "Navigating maintenance mode is a journey in itself! Can be daunting..." To keep her slim figure, Rachel says "I work out an hour, six days a week. I also loosely count calories, but sometimes I might eat an Oreo. It's not the end of the world."   

A recent photo of her heading to the Oscars in a gorgeous blue gown shows how the weight gain has given her a slender but definitely more filled out figure:



Last week, Rachel was on Today looking happy and healthy and shared how great it felt to have the show's audience buzzing about the work she did to lose the weight. "I felt amazing on stage...There was just so much chatter about it." 

For the future, Rachel has plans to keep the weight off. "Maintenance mode," she says, "is just as hard as losing the weight, I think. It's a big balance." Rachel looks great now and if she sticks to her plan, she should be able to stay at a healthy weight. 

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