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Get the Bod: Valerie Bertinelli's 48-Year-Old Bikini Body

Get the Bod: Valerie Bertinelli's 48-Year-Old Bikini Body

Valerie Bertinelli is on the cover of this week's People magazine, showing off her lean body in a bikini for the first time since she was 20 years old, just in time for her 48th birthday! Two years ago she was a larger version of herself, at 172 pounds, which she felt was more than 40 pounds over her ideal weight for a person who's 5'4".

So how did she lose the weight and get bikini-ready? To find out


Valerie used the Jenny Craig plan and became a spokesperson for the diet as well. In nine months she was down to 132 pounds. She exercised on her own, primarily walking 10,000 steps a day. After keeping the weight off for more than a year, she decided to kick it up a notch and hired a personal trainer in December, with her goal of feeling gorgeous and confident in a bikini.

Her 60-minute bikini workout was completed four or five times a week. It included running on the treadmill 30 to 45 minutes, but sometimes she switched back and forth between five minute intervals of running and strength training. To get strong and defined muscles, Valerie used a resistance band in combination with dumbbells. She alternated between up to 25 triceps dips, 20 push-ups, up to 30 squats, step-ups, and over 100 sit-ups total. The last three weeks before her bikini shoot, she lowered her daily caloric intake from 1,700 calories to 1,200, and also gave up a treat — champagne. Now Valerie is in the best shape of her life and said "I never, ever, ever had deltoids! Oh my God, when I'm doing exercises and I see them pop out, I'm like, Yes!" She's a huge inspiration for those of us who may be afraid to sport our bikinis.


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Pop-Champagne Pop-Champagne 8 years
she's a great role model and she's so cute! I'm so happy for her!
Maddi-Maye Maddi-Maye 8 years
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I read her autobiography and I must say that I think it's great that she lost the extra weight she had gained. Going down to 1200 calories a day is a little extreme, but I'm guessing she'll go back up to something more sustainable now that the photo shoot is over. I still wish that magazines didn't feel the need to Photoshop the crap out of every person they put on the covers...can't we see what Val's REAL body looks like in a bikini please?
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
I agree with your last comment, GreyGirl. Realistically, 1200 calories is too low for an adamant exerciser, but she also knew that thousands of unforgiving eyes would be judging her. At least she was honest about her extreme measures.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I'm sure she's worked hard, but I want to see the photo before it was retouched.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
Whoever did that photoshop job should be shot! If I were her I would be pissed! A 4 year old could do a better job than that... Anyway, she looks great... good for her!
laellavita laellavita 8 years
though her measures seem a little drastic to me, at least she's honest with them. i'm so sick of the celebrities who say, oh, i just walk my dog and make my pizza thin crust!
sfm1328 sfm1328 8 years
1200 is kinda the lower limit for calories when your trying to drop weight. Especially for something like this. As long as you are still working out, your metabolism wil stay up, and she said she just went down to 1200 for three weeks to get super lean. I think its fine and hope she does great. :)
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I'm proud of her, she's a role model for all of us that are working out right now!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
1,200 calories? For a person who is 5'4" and working out that much, should she be eating more? I'm not a nutritionist or anything, but that just sounds off to me.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
All I see from this is "she starved herself"... How long before all that weight piles back on again??
misskacie misskacie 8 years
Good for her. There's no motivation like knowing the world will be looking at pics of you in a bikini. Er, I would imagine. ;)
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I love a celeb who is honest with her weight. Thank God people aren't like OMG 135 lbs is so fat!!!
danni2009 danni2009 8 years
Oops pressed 'post' too early-what's the betting she piles it all back on again? 1200 calories a day is not sustainable in the long run.
danni2009 danni2009 8 years
1200 calories sounds a bit low given she does 1 hour workout 4-5x a week.
KellyV04 KellyV04 8 years
I love when celebrities take a healthy approach to weight loss and act like role models. It's a shame that after all of Valerie's hard work, People ruined her photo with inexcusably bad Photoshop. Why wasn't Valerie's real "after" body enough to inspire us?
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