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Past Biggest Loser Winners on Rachel Frederickson: 'She Wanted To Win'

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As the public continues to debate whether The Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson had gone too far by dropping from 260 to 105 lbs., past winners of the NBC reality weight-loss competition shared their thoughts on the shocking reveal with PEOPLE.

"She did what she had to do," says season 10 winner Patrick House, who once tipped the scales at 424 lbs. and currently weighs 220.

"Rachel's transformation was like any Biggest Loser contestant," says the 6'2" House. "She had to do the best that she possibly could, and at the end of the day, there's a carrot dangling that's a quarter of a million dollars up for grabs."

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Biggest Loser's Bob Harper: 'I Was Stunned' at Rachel Frederickson's Weight Loss

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The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper admits he was shocked when he saw Rachel Frederickson walk out during Tuesday's finale and show off her exceedingly thin frame.

"I was stunned. That would be the word. I mean, we've never had a contestant come in at 105 lbs.," Harper says in an interview airing next Thursday on the Rachael Ray Show.

Frederickson, 24, started the show at 260 lbs. When she left as a finalist three months ago to work on losing weight at home, she weighed 150 lbs., and later lost 45 more.

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Biggest Loser's Rachel: I Exercise Up to Four Times a Day

Originally posted 02/06/2014 07:20 PM

The Biggest Loser's Rachel Frederickson: I Exercise Up to Four Times a Day

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When Rachel Frederickson left The Biggest Loser Ranch three months ago, she had the same goal shared by all of the show's contestants: to continue shedding weight.

But after returning to the show 45 lbs. lighter than she left it – for a total weight loss of 155 lbs. – the spotlight is now focused on whether Frederickson, 24, may have resorted to extreme measures to lose the additional weight in advance of the show's Tuesday finale.

Currently a size 0/2 and 105 lbs., Frederickson herself briefly addressed the controversy in a conference call on Wednesday.

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Biggest Loser Winner Rachel Frederickson's Trainer Speaks Out About Her Weight Loss

Update 02/06/2014 11:00 AM Originally posted 02/06/2014 09:50 AM

The Biggest Loser Winner Rachel Frederickson's Trainer Speaks Out About Her Weight Loss

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The Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson's dramatic weight loss swiftly fired up concern over her health and well-being, and whether her 155-lb. plunge may have gone too far.

Now, the man who was instrumental in helping her shed her weight – trainer Dolvett Quince – is weighing in on the controversy.

"Last night's Biggest Loser Finale has sparked a huge reaction and I do not want the day to end without addressing it," Quince wrote in a Facebook message posted Wednesday night.

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Biggest Loser Winner Rachel Frederickson: Did She Go Too Far?

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At The Biggest Loser finale, Rachel Frederickson stood proudly on the scale to show off her 155 lb.-weight loss.

But rather than be a cause for celebration, Frederickson, 24, and her transformation has sparked concern that the 5'4" contestant may have taken her weight loss too far.

Frederickson started the show at 260 lbs. and, as a finalist, left the ranch weighing 150 lbs. to work on losing weight at home on her own. By the finale about three months later she had shed another 45 lbs. and weighed in at 105 lbs. to a size 0/2.

"I just love myself and I am embracing it," Frederickson told PEOPLE on Tuesday night, seemingly unaware of the concern over her appearance.

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Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: Remembering the Finale's Special Moments

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

What an incredible night! I am so proud and thrilled for all The Biggest Loser contestants – and their families!

I tell the contestants during rehearsals that this is just a big party, a celebration for what they've all accomplished, and it's true. The wave of love coming toward the stage from the wonderful audience of family, friends and fans just blows me away every season. So whether you were cheering at home or in the theater, thank you! And your support was felt by all on stage.

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The Biggest Loser Reveals Its Winner!

Originally posted 02/04/2014 11:05 PM

The Biggest Loser Reveals Season 15 Winner!

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On The Biggest Loser, when you lose, you win. You win big.

With a $250,000 prize at stake, three very different contestants stepped up to the scale on Tuesday night's finale to see if they had lost what it would take to win the grand prize and the title of The Biggest Loser.

In a season that celebrated second chances, finalist Bobby Saleem, 28, epitomized the theme of the 15th edition of the NBC weight-loss competition. Saleem – whose struggles with his sexuality inspired his trainer Bob Harper to make his own public declaration – had been eliminated in week nine, but the attorney from Chicago earned a spot in the top eight as the biggest at-home loser of all the eliminated contestants up to that point in the season. This pool of contestants included American Idol's Ruben Studdard, who had already returned once earlier in the season amid controversy.

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Biggest Loser's Chelsea Arthurs and Jennifer Messer: Real Life Begins After the Finale

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Chelsea Arthurs and Jennifer Messer admit they felt so strong after completing the first ever Biggest Loser triathlon.

"Never in a million years would I ever have thought that I would even sign up for one, compete in one or complete a triathlon, and it was amazing to cross that finish line," explained Jennifer, 42.

"I didn't place first, but I finished it and it felt amazing and I was so proud of myself," added Chelsea, 28, who has since registered for her first half-marathon in Raleigh, N.C.

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Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: See Rachel's Jaw-Dropping Makeover

Update 01/22/2014 11:15 AM Originally posted 01/22/2014 10:15 AM

Alison Sweeney's Biggest Loser Blog: See Rachel's Jaw-Dropping Makeover

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Alison Sweeney is the host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, the award-winning star of Days of Our Lives, and author of The Star Attraction and The Mommy Diet. She's also a director, producer, wife and mom. Like she has for the past three seasons, Alison will blog each week about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser. Follow her on Twitter: @Ali_Sweeney.

It was makeover week on The Biggest Loser Tuesday – the episode that every contestant dreams of reaching and one that moves me to tears every time.

By the time I saw the contestants this week, they had been with Tim Gunn and Ken Paves and they each looked stunning. Marie's hair change was genius! She looked so breathtaking and clearly her husband was shocked. I'm so glad she was willing to trust Ken's vision.

When Rachel walked out, my jaw literally dropped and I could have never dreamed on day one that she would look like this. Her smile lit up the night and to have her parents then tell her how great she looked was just such an incredible moment.

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Alison Sweeney Leaving Days of Our Lives After 21 Years

Originally posted 01/21/2014 09:40 AM

Alison Sweeney Leaving Days of Our Lives After 21 Years

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The days of her life suddenly became years. And after spending 21 of them as Sami Brady on the soap opera that made her famous, Alison Sweeney is getting ready to say goodbye.

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