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Valerie Bertinelli Weight Loss: 40 Pounds Lost After Ditching The Scale and Diets

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Valerie Bertinelli has ditched the scale following her dramatic 40-pound Jenny Craig weight loss in 2007. (Photos: Jenny Craig/People)

Valerie Bertinelli has ditched the scale following her 40-pound weight loss on the Jenny Craig diet in 2007.

Bertinelli, who has since regained about 15 pounds, said weight will be a struggle for her, Examiner reported.

“It’s always going to be a struggle for me for my entire life,” said Valerie. “I’m going to have up days and down days.”

In 2007, Valerie famously lost 40 pounds on the Jenny Craig diet. Her weight has since fluctuated, but she’s done with fad diets, has ditched the scale, and no longer obsessively weighs herself.

The 5-foot-4 Bertinelli slimmed down from 172 pounds to 132 pounds and even posed in a bikini for a Jenny Craig ad. Valerie, who battled a deadly drug addiction many years ago, said breaking her food addiction was harder than kicking her cocaine habit.

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Valerie Bertinelli hosts “Valerie’s Home Cooking” on the Food Network.

“I used food as a crutch, and I abused food in a way that I shouldn’t have,” said Bertinelli. “And it made me afraid of food for a while, too. But now I embrace it.”

Bertinelli shared her favorite recipes on the Food Network show, “Valerie’s Home Cooking.” Valerie also co-hosts “Kids Baking Championships” with master baker Duff Goldman.

“When the Food Network came on, I had it on all the time in my house,” said Bertinelli, the author of One Dish At a Time. “To be on it now is really surreal.”

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