Sara Rue's Body Transformation: 'I Lost 50 Pounds!'

08/04/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

Alison Dyer

If you see Sara Rue on the street, chances are she’ll be smiling. That’s because the actress has lost 50 pounds since signing on as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig last December. “I have such a better relationship with food than I’ve ever had in my life,” Rue, 31, tells PEOPLE. “I’ve learned how to control portions, I’ve learned how to eat healthfully.” Best of all, she is enjoying exercise for the first time in her life. Rue, who used to just walk the dogs around the block, now regularly logs 45-60 minutes of cardio 5-6 days a week on the treadmill and is in training for her first half marathon. But her eight-month journey was not without its fair share of obstacles. “I spent the first few months of this program wearing my pedometer and getting in my 10,000 steps every day,” Rue says. “When I started running I would run for one minute and walk for ten. Now I can run for two-and-a-half hours straight. That’s insane! I never would have thought six months ago that I would be able to run that much.” Nor did she think she’d be enjoying another activity—shopping. “Barely squeezing into a size 14 when she embarked upon her weight loss journey, the 5’8” Rue is now a lean “size 6.” Busy planning a Spring 2011 wedding with her fiancé, teacher Kevin Price, Rue recently popped into Vera Wang in Beverly Hills to check out a 70 percent off sale. “I wandered to the back of the store where all the bride gowns were. The woman zipped it up and she had to clamp it in the back because it was too big,” Rue says, laughing. “It was just a great feeling.” –Monica Rizzo

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Angie on

Congrats Sara! You look great!!! Very inspiring!!

Tyler E. on

So basically Sara Rue transformed her self from chubby cute to very common..

tamian on

Why the infatuation with the size? If you feel good and look good what difference does the size make?
It’s the same with shoe size. I have small feet, big deal.If a shoe doesn’t feel right in my normal size I go up until it feels right without flinching at the size.
I feel sorry for the females that are so stuck on comparing themselves to every other starving female. Some of these girls look skeletal in their bathing suits.

Congrats for losing the weight.Good luck on maintenance!

T on

why do people make weight loss all about looks? there’s far more to it than that. it’s about being healthy. imho, the change in appearance is an added benefit, but shouldn’t be the main focus. self-confidence is great at any size, but being overweight is unhealthy. it puts a person at greater risk for various health problems, diabetes among them. I’d rather be more lean and healthy than overweight and put myself at risk for a number of health problems.

lala on

to jla3991:

Size 14 is NOT fat. A lot of it has to do with how tall a person is. I think that anyone over 5′ 9″ wearing anything smaller than a 10 looks anorexic and is at risk from health problems associated with being underweight. There is no one size that fits everyone. It is based on the individual. If that’s how your mind works, I’m glad that I will NEVER have you as a trainer (if you are actually one at all)

Sherrie on

For those reading the negative comments who are thinking about following in Sara’s footsteps but think it’s all Hollywood nonsense: please don’t take them to heart. I’m a normal, busy woman who decided two years ago to lose 40 pounds and succeeded. It CAN be done.

It’s more than watching what you eat and exercising. It’s making a choice every morning when you wake up and holding it tight until you go to bed at night. Hard as that sounds there’s nothing like fitting into your old jeans and thinking about all of those cupcakes you didn’t eat, all of those hours of sweating and knowing that you’re reaping the rewards of your commitment.

I think it’s sad that there are people who choose to be negative about something as difficult and commendable as losing 50 lbs. I can’t imagine how much harder it would have been if there had been such naysayers in my ear at any point in my weight loss journey.

Does everyone have to fit a sample size? Of course not, but for those who don’t feel like they’re where they’d like to be and would like to make a change, I applaud and encourage you to join people like Sara and myself, and all of the countless individuals who fight their fight every day. It CAN be done!

sooverit on


“Maybe you big girls think a size 6 is so tiny because you can’t fathom what it would look like on yourself.” You have to be the most inconsiderate person I have “heard” in quite sometime. I am a size 6 and used to be a size 12. A size 14 or a 12 does not constitute a “big girl”. It’s people like you that make it hard for people to get heathly. Talking down to some is not a very mature thing to do.

Abigail on

@jessica: the “size 14 is the norm” comment was one of the first few posts made on this article above.

@lala: you may not want to overgeneralize here. I am 5’11” and wear between a 4 and 6. My body mass index (BMI) is completely in the healthy range for my height and weight. I certainly don’t look anorexic.

Often times people assume the taller you are the bigger your dress/pant size should be. That’s certainly not the case. As clothes go up from size 2-16, they get wider – not longer. Trust me!

Your height and weight combined is a better indicator of your health than dress size. I applaud everyone who is working hard to achieve their healthy weight, regardless of dress size!

Dee on

Adorable now and before!

masalaman on

I loved Sara rue when she was big and love her now. Just a gorgeous smile with all the right curves. u go girl

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