Changes to Come to The Biggest Loser Rules

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More than the contestants are getting a makeover on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. After a controversial finale last February when season 15 winner Rachel Frederickson lost 155 pounds in seven months, the show’s trainer Bob Harper says new rules are being put into place.

“I know that after the shock of that weight loss, I think the producers are in meetings right now trying to figure out how it can be regulated more,” Harper told the New York Post recently. “I think you are going to be seeing new rules...I hope Rachel is good, I hope she is happy.”

BL drew criticism when 24-year-old Frederickson weighed in on the finale at 105 pounds, drastically down from her original weight of 260 pounds. Following the episode, conversation exploded: Had the reality show taken it too far?

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“You don’t want to ever go too extreme, because what’s going to happen? You’re going to get burned out...you’re going to get like, ‘I’m not doing this [bleep] anymore, it’s nuts,’” explained Harper. “So you find a certain amount of balance...to be able to sustain this lifestyle.”

Since the finale, Frederickson admitted that she might have lost too much weight. She told Us Weekly that she had actually gained 20 pounds following the show saying, "I think I'm at my perfect weight!" Frederickson also added that the backlash was well received: "It started a discussion about body image. That's huge."

While a rep for The Biggest Loser commented that, “The producers routinely look for ways to improve the show,” we’ll be waiting to see next season’s new and improved look.

 

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