Valerie Bertinelli is showing off her bikini bod.
The actress stripped down to a teeny bikini for the April 6 cover of People magazine, where she revealed she’s lost almost 50 pounds from her 5’4” frame.
Ripped and in shape at 48, Valerie the vixen – belly button ring and all – unleashed to the world what nine months of hard work and losing 49 pounds looks like on the new mag cover.
“It has been almost 30 years since Valerie last wore a bikini in public so this was a big deal,” People Senior Editor Galina Espinoza told Access Hollywood.
Valerie’s journey to svelte-dom began nine months ago when the 5’4” star tipped the scales at 172 pounds.
“On Jenny Craig, she did lose 40 pounds to get down to 132 but for this bikini shoot she went even lower,” Galina explained. “Workout wise, she amped things up.”
Valerie lost an additional nine pounds before the shoot by lowering her 1,700 calorie per day diet to 1,200 calories. She also cut out salt and hit the gym for one hour, four to five times per week. Valerie believes a combination of cardio and strength training minimized her “jiggly bits,” as she called them.
“It’s a much healthier relationship I have with food,” Valerie previously told Access. “I appreciate it. It’s more about nourishing my body than just soothing my discomfort.”
Valerie will reveal her two-piece campaign next Wednesday on Oprah, a move reminiscent of her Jenny Craig counterpart Kirstie Alley.