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Biggest Loser's Rachel Frederickson Looks Back at 'Hurtful' Time After Win

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The Biggest Loser's Rachel Frederickson Opens Up About Controversial Weight Loss

Originally posted 12/09/2014 09:30AM

When Rachel Frederickson's 5'4" frame weighed in at a scant 105 lbs. at The Biggest Loser finale in February, the voiceover artist from Minnesota faced a barrage of critics accusing her of an eating disorder.

Even trainer Bob Harper admitted that he was "stunned" by her weight loss.

As one of the Today show's "2014 Voices," Frederickson penned a revealing blog post in which she opens up about how "hurtful" the negative comments were, and how they reminded her of what landed her at the Biggest Loser Ranch in the first place.

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Wife of Late Biggest Loser Contestant: He 'Was Made Especially for Me'

Wife of Late Biggest Loser Contestant Damien Gurganious: He 'Was Made Especially for Me'

Originally posted 12/06/2014 01:35PM

Damien Gurganious planned to take his wife out for Peruvian food and a movie once he got out of the hospital after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease last month.

Instead, on Nov. 24, "he passed away on my birthday," Nicole Brewer-Gurganious, his wife and fellow Biggest Loser contestant, tells PEOPLE. He leaves behind their 2-year-old daughter, Giselle.

"Damien had a way of making every day feel like your birthday," says Brewer-Gurganious, 44. "He loved life and treated every day as if it were a gift."

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The Biggest Loser's Damien Gurganious Dies from Rare Disease

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The Biggest Loser's Damien Gurganious Dies from Rare Disease

Originally posted 12/05/2014 08:40AM

Damien Gurganious, who appeared on the seventh season of The Biggest Loser, died Monday from a rare disease at the age of 38.

The Biggest Loser: Couples 2 competitor suffered from a sudden onset of a rare autoimmune disorder that caused bleeding in his brain, PEOPLE has confirmed.

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The Biggest Loser's Jackie Pearson: Losing Weight Has Made Me a Better Mom

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The Biggest Loser's Jackie Pearson: Losing Weight Has Made Me a Better Mom

Originally posted 11/17/2014 09:30AM

Weighing in at 291 lbs., Jackie Pearson wasn't the person or mother she wanted to be.

"I just felt like I was existing in the world. I was existing and hiding," the 36-year-old mom of two tells PEOPLE. "My husband was the one who took my daughter to birthday parties and to play dates. I stayed in the house."

But now that Pearson has become a contestant on season 16 of The Biggest Loser, she has lost 83 lbs. and started living the life she's always wanted.

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The Biggest Loser's Blake Benge:'I Don't Want to Be Overweight the Rest of My Life'

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The Biggest Loser's Blake Benge: I Wanted to Lose Weight for the Wrong Reasons

Originally posted 11/08/2014 05:30PM

Blake Benge says she's tried every diet under the sun, but it wasn’t until she changed her outlook that she started to lose the weight.

"You name it, I tried it," the 19-year-old Biggest Loser contestant tells PEOPLE of her life spent on diets. "When I was out with my friends, I wanted to eat pizza with them and have popcorn at the movies. Then when I would come home, I would be back on a diet. It was always this flip-flop of being on a diet at home and then binge-eating when I got a little freedom."

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Watch the Top 10 Biggest Loser Finale Reveals – All in One Place

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Watch the Top 10 Biggest Loser Finale Reveals – All in One Place

Originally posted 11/05/2014 09:00AM

No one knows how to make an entrance like a Biggest Loser contestant.

Over the past 15 seasons, contestants on the NBC reality weight-loss competition have provided some amazing and shocking moments for the live finale. And, in honor of the show's 10 years on the air, PEOPLE has a video compilation of 10 of the most inspirational Biggest Loser success stories all in one place.

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The Biggest Loser's Gina Haddon: I Put Myself First Now

The Biggest Loser's Gina Haddon: I Put Myself First Now

Originally posted 11/01/2014 02:20PM

As a wife and mother of two, Gina Haddon always put herself last.

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Alison Sweeney Says Goodbye to Days of Our Lives

Alison Sweeney Says Goodbye to Days of Our Lives

Originally posted 10/30/2014 08:30PM

She was loved, she was loathed, but Sami Brady was never ignored.

And Thursday, her final day in the fictional town of Salem, was no exception. As Sami left for Hollywood, Alison Sweeney, who played the character for 21 years, posted an emotional farewell to her fans on Facebook.

"We've been through a lot together, haven't we?" she wrote. "It was quite literally a dream come true for me … I'm proud of who I've become as a result of my 21 years in Salem."

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Biggest Loser's Mike Murburg: My Late Son's Dying Wish Saved My Life

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Biggest Loser's Mike Murburg: My Late Son's Dying Wish Saved My Life

Originally posted 10/18/2014 02:05PM

After burying his son, Mike Murburg ballooned to almost 400 lbs. – but he also credits his son for saving his life and setting him down the path to healthier living.

"It really didn’t get to me until I was about five minutes away from The National Cemetery," the Biggest Loser contestant tells PEOPLE of realizing the role his son played in his weight-loss journey. "Then it occurred to me that by making me promise him that I would [get healthy], he saved my life."

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A Solo Reality Show? Jillian Michaels Dishes on Life After Biggest Loser | Jillian Michaels

A Solo Reality Show? Jillian Michaels Dishes on Life After Biggest Loser

Originally posted 10/17/2014 05:00PM

For 10 years, celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels scored a huge following for thundering down tough love while motivating contestants on The Biggest Loser.

But after announcing in June that she was leaving the show – yet again – many wondered whether the fitness pro would eventually muscle her way back to prime time.

Could a solo reality show be tipping the scales?

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