Monday, July 07, 2008

Oprah puts on pounds as she overdoes on the dolce vita in Italy

Everyone's entitled to dump their diet and relax a little on holiday.

And it appears U.S. TV titan Oprah Winfrey has done just that after she was spotted enjoying the best food and drink on offer as she vacations in Italy.

As one of the celebrity world's most famous yo-yo dieters, it appears Oprah appears to be losing her battle with the bulge again.

Stepping out in a figure-hugging white top and flowing skirt, Oprah's fuller frame was on show for all to see.

Following a brief trip to Britain, where she attended Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday party, the billionaire business tycoon flew to Italy for a well-earned break.

Joined by best friend Gayle King, the 54-year-old has been enjoying the sights of picturesque Portofino, one of this summer's most popular celeb hotspots.

Despite being a small fishing village with a population of just 521, Portofino is a popular tourist draw in Italy and boasts a picturesque harbour, a 16th century castle and 17 metre high statue of Jesus Christ amongst its attractions.

After browsing local shops and signing autographs for fans, a relaxed Oprah enjoyed some alfresco dining as she sipped liquer and munched on olives while chatting with Gayle.

In the last few weeks, Portofino hosted the £5million wedding of Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin and has been the location of holidaying couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

Oprah looks thrilled to be eating and drinking what she wants after a self-imposed 21-day detox last month.

Oprah decided to embark as drastic action in a bid to 'jump start an inner makeover'.

Inspired by Kathy Freston's book Quantum Wellnews, Oprah abstained from caffeine, alcohol, sugar, gluten and animal products for three weeks.



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