So Far, So Good: Sara Rue Loses 7 Pounds In 5 Days On Jenny Craig

12/03/2009 at 05:20 PM ET


It’s only been five days since she started on the Jenny Craig weight management program and actress Sara Rue is already down seven pounds, she tells PEOPLE. “For me, it was key that I started on Saturday (after Thanksgiving) because I didn’t have any distractions, I didn’t have to be anywhere. I could just focus on planning my meals and getting a good start on the weekend,” says the Eastwick star, who was announced as Jenny Craig’s new celebrity spokesperson Wednesday. Rue confessed that the biggest challenge for her is being so open about her weight. “I’m a very private person so talking openly about this is hard. But when the news broke on, I twittered about it and people were so supportive twittering back,” Rue said, noting that her first five days of dieting were surprisingly easy. “I do not feel deprived at all. There is so much food. I was eating all the food and I was sure I was gaining weight,” she says, laughing. Rue credits her two dogs for helping her adhere to daily walks, and enjoys hiking with her fiancé, education consultant Kevin Price. “I kind of like the idea of getting to January 1 and I’m already doing my New Year’s resolution,” Rue says. “But there’s nothing you can’t have on this plan. You just have to remember that nothing tastes as good as the first bite.” –Monica Rizzo

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McWifey on

She’ll gain it all back. I did.

Shana on

It’s widely accepted that anything weight loss more than 2 lbs a week is unhealthy and unmaintainable. You’re likely losing mostly water and musle, not fat. It’s too bad because Sara Rue sounds like a pretty smart girl otherwise.

PastJennyMember on

I used Jenny Craig 2 years ago, lost 30 lbs and haven’t gained any back. It’s true losing over 2 lbs per week IS unhealthy, but the first week or two of a diet you’re more likely to see a large amount of poundage to come off though it is not really all fat. It is your body getting used to the now much lower calorie intake per day.
Jenny Craig is fantasti, can’t wait to see how Sara does!

Donna West on

Like a previous poster mentioned, celebrity spokes people get all the “food” for nothing. That said, Jenny Craig food is SO overpriced and unappetizing, why not just eat normal food sensibly and exercise.

lake on

the first week is always easy. it’s the fun exciting part. Gaining weight was fun and exciting too, she just doesn’t remember.

Yes, I think more than 5 pounds in the first week is too much unless you start at 350+ pounds.

most people DO gain the weight back; it’s not an attack, just a fact.

HANNY 70 on

The best way is weight watchers..because you can eat anything you want, no restrictions..its realistic, and you can use the program with any life styles….even eating out in restaurants……. With the jenny craig, or nutrysistem, you die of hunger and you gain everything back…

Cash on

In the first week, you lose weight from losing water (pee) and poop because you’re body is adjusting to your new diet. Jenny’s food is lower calorie and it tastes like low-cal food. It smells good, but the taste is very diet. I wish her luck. On her show she looks like she’s already lost weight from when she was on her show with Eric Roberts.

Sue on

Yes, the first week IS just water loss. It is common to lose more the first week or two and THEN you get to the 1-2 pounds per week. Instead of criticizing her we should encourage her to continue. Good work Sara. Perhaps I can lose my 20 pounds with you!! I can’t afford Jenny Craig though so it will be harder but with people like you to inspire me maybe this time it will work.

Rhonda on

I was on Jenny years back and lost 40 lbs. The food was expensive and didn’t taste good, but I was happy to be 40 lbs lighter. When I got off Jenny (too expensive) I ate smaller portions like Jenny’s food, but gained all my weight back. It took about 6 mos to lose it and about 5 mos to gain it back.

missy on

Ya why dont they pick real people that cant afford the food and give it to them free??????????????

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