Stepping out at the Hot in Cleveland season premiere on March 27, Valerie Bertinelli was the model of restraint as she chatted with co-stars Betty White, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves.
While temptation beckoned from the buffet table, the bubbly brunette avoided the spread with a steely will, resisting the siren’s call of hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and onion rings — foods she once found irresistible.
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But Valerie is on a mission. The actress is defending herself against cruel new tabloid reports alleging she’s recently gained 50 pounds.
"I broke my foot three months ago and the weight started to creep up," she admits, although nutrition and weight-loss expert Dr. Fred Pescatore tells Closer it looks more like just 10-15 additional pounds.
Me and the boys @NFLonFOX #WildCardWeekend #healing #sunday pic.twitter.com/vcEUCxVTbv— Valerie Bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) January 5, 2014
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"I haven't been able to move. My doctor even told me, 'Do not get your heart rate up.'" With her foot finally on the mend, Valerie is eager to start peeling off the pounds again.
One person not doubting Valerie's resolve is her boot-camp fitness instructor, Ditanyon Demps. "Valerie likes challenges," he shares with Closer. "In three years, we've never done the same workout twice." When she's in her groove, Valerie works out with Ditanyon up to five days a week.
While her injury has frustrated her — "I just want this foot to get better already," she's railed — Valerie already knows she has the willpower to get back to her goal weight.
In 2009 at the age of 48, the 5'2" actress successfully shed 47 pounds on Jenny Craig, appearing in a jaw-dropping TV commercial wearing a green bikini and weighing just 132 pounds!
The star has already removed all junk food from her home and any sense of shame about her fluctuating waistline is gone too!
“I’ve gained a few pounds. We have to take the shame out of it,” Valerie says, adding she has no intention of starving herself to slim down faster. “I still like to eat, and I’m going to eat!”
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