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Valerie Bertinelli Ditches Scale After 40 Pound Weight Loss: Debuts Food Network Cooking Show

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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 and subsequent 15-pound weight gain.

Bertinelli said weight will always remains a big 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, so she’s done with fad diets and 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.

“Host Valerie Bertinelli in the kitchen as seen on Food Network’s Valerie’s California Kitchen, Season 1”

“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 is excited to share her favorite recipes on “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” which debuts on the Food Network Aug. 8. Before getting her 10-episode cooking show, Valerie was a longtime Food Network fan.

“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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