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Valerie Bertinelli Talks About Keeping It Off

It's hard to believe Valerie Bertinelli is 48; she still looks like a fresh-faced teenage star. Of course, it doesn't hurt that she recently shed 40 pounds. On the cover of the January issue of Fitness, the Jenny Craig spokeswoman talks about the pressure of keeping the weight off while in the public eye. Here are highlights.

  • On creating a positive relationship with food: "I love to cook. I enjoy the smells of a new dish; I like the camaraderie of cook­ing with Tom or my son. I'll put some music on in the kitchen while we work."
  • On celebrities losing weight: "Look, I understand the cynicism that we have all these people working for us, doing everything we need done. But that's not the case for me. I cook, I run my own errands. No one can do my workout for me — no one lifts the weights or does the treadmill or elliptical for me. I don't have someone calling me up to make sure I'm exercising."

She makes a good point: Even the world's best trainer can't do the exercises for you! For more of Bertinelli's thoughts on food and fitness,


  • On food pitfalls: "Certain drinks definitely put the weight on me. A glass or two of white wine is fine, but fruity drinks or hard alcohol — that'll pack on the pounds."
  • On the gym vs. outdoors: "I'm not big on the gym. I would rather be outdoors. You really can get fit without an expensive gym membership or fancy equipment. I have this one-mile loop around my house that I like to do. . . . I like to throw on jeans and a T-shirt and fit in a 15-minute walk here, 20 minutes there. It's fun to do activities with friends or family. On the weekends, for instance, we'll play Frisbee on the beach."
  • On plastic surgery rumors: "Sometimes I hear, 'Oh, she had plastic surgery.' No, I just finally got healthy. Looking back at old photos, I've realized that being over­weight ages you. As I lost the pounds, my vibrancy came back. But getting too thin ages you as well. I don’t want to lose too much; you don't want to be my age and still shopping at Forever 21!"

Wow, so true and so refreshing, don't you think? Do you agree that being too thin or too heavy can age you?

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almostloli almostloli 8 years
she's a great role model
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
She looks great and so happy.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
She looks great for any age, but she looks really great, especially for her age. Make sense?
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Spectra- good call on the Housewives! Usually I kind of ignore these celeb interviews, but this one is kind of inspirational. I think she looks absolutely phenomenal and incredibly healthy.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I think she's a good spokesperson...she takes accountability for her lifestyle and choices and she admits that it's all up to her to be healthy. I also agree that being too thin can age you. I know a couple of women at work that have a lot of wrinkles and lines because they're really thin. I think all of those Desperate Housewives actresses would look about 10 years younger if they gained 10 lbs each.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Good for her!
kia kia 8 years
She looks AMAZING! I hope she is also happy on the inside with the way she looks on the cover.
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
Being too then definitely ages you. I just think of those girls I know who have lost too much weight (especially when they've done it the absolute wrong way) and they are left with these hideous lines around the mouth, like premature wrinkles, only they aren't wrinkles at all. It's just sad. you need SOME fat to actually plump up your skin so it's not just hanging on bones!
La-Heidi La-Heidi 8 years
defintely. my mum is rather slim. whenever she loses more weight her face starts to be darker and wrinkly but when she eats regularly, she looks young and fresh
ellenp1214 ellenp1214 8 years
it totally does. rachel zoe is a classic example of how being too thin ages you! she looks terrible.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 8 years
Valerie is super cute and healthy looking at this weight.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
"Do you agree that being too thin or too heavy can age you?" I sure do. Looking great is a certain window of weight and fitness. Feeling good about one's self really helps, too.
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
She's right. She looks great for her age. There's nothing wrong with being a small size (anywhere - not just Forever 21) but once you get to a certain age you need to come to terms with it's not about size, it's about being fit and healthy and trying to live an active lifestyle. I know celebrities are expected to be thin (in most cases) but for non-celebs, its not realistic.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
She seems really down to earth and grounded about her weight loss, and I like that she emphasizes that she has to be the one to supply the willpower. Plus, her skin looks amazing for 48!
skygirl84 skygirl84 8 years
Definitely, Victoria Beckham looked so great when she was a healthy weight but when she is stick thin she looks gaunt and old.
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