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Bay area health pros weigh in on 'Biggest Loser'

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'Biggest Loser' winner facing backlash over weight loss 'Biggest Loser' winner facing backlash over weight loss
LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) - The winner of NBC's "Biggest Loser" is facing backlash over how much weight she lost.

Rachel Frederickson revealed on Tuesday night that she lost 155 pounds in sixteen weeks.  Many viewers took to the social media, calling it "extreme".  Some say the 10-size drop left Frederickson looking skeletal and unhealthy.

Several Bay area health professionals are talking about the challenges that come with maintaining a good weight after extreme weight loss, and the importance of seeking professional help.

“I’m all about a quick start,” Whitney Cabrera of Gold’s Gym on South Florida Avenue in Lakeland said.  “But you have to finish well."

Cabrera said if Fredrickson obtained her goal by eating whole foods, and maintaining a good exercise plan, then she should be fine.

Having support of friends, family, and health professionals is also key to maintaining a new, slimmer figure.

“A lot of health plans have a number you can call and very few people take advantage of it, that’s a good start,” Dr. Daniel Haight, VP of Community Wellness for Lakeland Regional Health said.

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