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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Loren on

How inspiring! She looks wonderful, and it’s motivating me to get moving! Way to go Sara!

Angela on

That is great, she looks happy, confident and amazing!

Zoey on

She looks AMAZING!!!

I also have had to lose weight (I have lost 68 lbs in 2 years) it was due to some medical issues but it still has to come off! When you lose weight like that and go from a pretty girl to a STUNNING girl you don’t gain it back. TRUST me, I would know ;)!

Also, I went from a size 12 to a 2 by losing 68lbs, I don’t know why people don’t believe she went down to a 6. I think you guys are confused with how big a 6 actually is. Also, with vanity sizing that is everywhere now (I am 123 lbs. should I honestly be a size 2?? NO! Ha, but I will take it :)), it makes sense.

Stephie on

She lost the weight to be HEALTHIER and to feel better about herself. Being overweight is unhealthy so maybe all of the people who are criticizing her should spend their time trying to get healthier as well!

Zoey on

Also, I have a mutt doggie that looks JUST like her dog! So I think I love her!! :)

Dub on

As someone who is currently a size 14 and has previously been a size 6, let me say this:

First, she totally could wear a size 6. Probably a size 8 or 10 in some brands and probably as small as a size 4 in others. It all depends on your body shape. I have a friend who is overweight and can wear a size 4 because of her petite frame and “apple” body shape. So don’t use your own body as a measuring stick.

Second, there is a difference between loving yourself as you are and justifying bad habits. If you are a size 14 because that is your genetic predisposition while exercising and eating balanced meals, then you don’t need to change a thing. But if you are a size 14 (like me) because you have a problem with overeating, then you need to work on it – not because being skinny makes you a better person, but because being fit will extend your life and boost your health.

Should you hate yourself for being overweight? Of course not. Should you kill yourself trying to be a certain size or shape? Of course not. You should always love yourself for what is inside, but you should never condone bad habits (and an increased risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease) under the guise of “accepting” yourself.

So kudos for Sara Rue for losing it and inspiring others (like me) – now, let’s hope that she makes it a lifelong habit and not an obsession.


James on

I think she looks great in that before picture where she’s wearing the red top and the jeans.

jla3391 on

From a trainer’s view, a size 14 may be the AMERICAN average but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. We are a fat county. Sara Rue looks amazing. She was pretty before but VERY unhealthy. She was at risk for Type II Diabetes, stroke, heart problems, etc.
People REALLY need to stop using the whole “size 12/14 is the norm” as an excuse for being fat. That’s just what big people say. If Americans took better care of themselves our norm would be a 6 or 8, not 14.
Sorry to be harsh, but this excuse ticks me off.

Lia on

size 4 max. Why lie about your size just so you don’t appear to be obsessed with losing weight.. what a bad role model!

Niwotmom on

Well, if I could afford Jenny Craig, I would have lost weight too1

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