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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Amy on

If I were a spokesperson and was getting paid to lose the weight I could do it to. We the regular people have to pay a lot of money to go through this system.

k on

@Amy — really? plenty of people lose weight and keep it off, without “getting paid to do it”.

ChrisC on

Obesity is quickly becoming an epidemic in this country. Juvenile Diabetes is on the rise at a frightening rate. If we continue to increase, when will it stop? Will a size 18 become the new size 10? So what if she gains some of the weight back, at least she is trying to do something for her health. Don’t forget that the battle is not to lose weight, but to keep it off. All you bashers out there need to get a grip on reality and change your lifestyle too.

Abigail on

Size 14 is the norm for 5’8”? That would mean women who are 5’10” would be a size 16 and up? That doesn’t sound right.

Heather on

@elle – How do you know she hasn’t dealt “with the real issues that cause you to overeat”???? How do you know she hasn’t made a LIFESTYLE change as opposed to just Dieting???? Shame on YOU for placing your excuses and flaws with dieting on anyone else but yourself!!

debbie on

Liked her better heavy, she had a pretty face!

Ellorysgirl on

C’mon, the pic on the left when she says she was a size 14, is more like an 18, and the pic on the right where she says she’s size 6 is the way I looked (at 5’7″) when I was a size 14. I guess if you pay enough, you can have your clothes labeled any way you want.

Diane on

She has always been one of my fav. actress…I have always thought she was beautiful!!! she looks great, good job!!!

Abigail on

I am 5’11”, wear either a size 4 or 6, and have a healthy body mass index(BMI). I think people should take caution before they label what is the “norm” because BMI is a better indicator of overall health.

jessica on

um who said size 14 is the norm for 5’8?! wth? newsflash: anything over an 8 (i don’t care how tall you are) is plus-sized. and anything over a 12 is just plain FAT. women who tell themselves otherwise are just trying to justify being lazy and out of shape.

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