EXCLUSIVE: Sara Rue is the New Jenny Craig Spokesperson!

12/02/2009 at 09:00 AM ET

Alison Dyer

Valerie Bertinelli and Nicole Sullivan are about to be in even better company as Eastwick star Sara Rue joins them as the newest spokesperson for Jenny Craig. The 31-year-old actress tells PEOPLE that she can’t wait to start the program. “My weight has fluctuated my whole life, and because I’ve been on television since I was 11 years old, everyone has seen it,” she explains. “I think like so many women in this country I have a problem controlling what I eat sometimes based on my emotional health.” Bertinelli, who lost 40 pounds on Jenny Craig, tells PEOPLE that Rue “is me three years ago. She’s every woman who’s ever started a diet.” She will be a good spokesperson because, “she’s real. She’s honest.” Rue’s initial weight loss goal is 30 pounds. Then, she says, “we’ll see how my body looks, how I feel, and go from there.” Her first post-weight loss goal? “Rock climbing or wind surfing!” Rue says. “The things that I’m just too intimidated the size I am now to do.” But the big question remains: Does she want to follow in Bertinelli’s footsteps and sport a bikini? “If I look half as good as Valerie does at the end of this, maybe, possibly,” Rue says, smiling. “I don’t know if I’m more scared of sharks or being in a bathing suit. Maybe sharks, depending on the day.” For more on Rue, pick up the December 14 issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.–Monica Rizzo

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Jenna on

I think she looks so much better heavier. She is gorgeous just the way she is! Too bad she thinks she needs to be skinny to look good.

Alissa on

I wish people would realize you DON’T need Jenny Craig to lose weight. You need to learn how to cook and portion control yourself. Otherwise, you’ll gain it back once you go off the program. I lost 30 lbs on JC and gained it back plus some. Once I started cooking my own meals, watching my portions and exercising…I lost it all and have kept it off for 3 years. It can be done without expensive plans!

SusiQ on

Oh, sure, you can continue to eat your “regular” favorites!! If you’ve found a pizza place that makes mini-mini cardboard circles with a little tomato sauce & a few chips of cheese and calls it “regular pizza”!! And when you reach your desired weight and try to go back to “everyday” food, what do you think will happen to your weight then? You’ll baloon up like a Macy’s parade float. I worked with a woman who lost 65 pounds on Jenny, started eating real food and gained back the 65 PLUS 30 more. ONLY a healthy diet & moving your body will result in permanent weight loss. You MUST retrain your eating habits.

Kim on

I think Sara should lose the weight if it’ll make her feel better, but JC isn’t always necessary. I’m w/Alissa. It’s all about what you eat, portion control, and exercise. I did Tae Bo in my living room just 3 times/week and ate fairly heathier (whole milk to 1%, no soda, no fast food, no late night snacking, etc.), and lost 20 lbs. in 3 months. I still had my desserts because you shouldn’t deprive yourself, but the small, common sense changes make a BIG difference!

Ashley on

To Ariana – People gain weight back, not everyone can keep it off.

Anastasia on

Good for Sara! I’m on Jenny Craig and it does work. And, despite the negative nellies on this comment board, it does not cost any more than I spent on groceries prior to joining. In some ways it costs less because rather than eat out all the time we eat at home more. The food is good, not everyone likes everything, but there are plenty of delicious healthy choices to pick from to make up for things you may not like. The Jenny food is only a small percentage of the overall program, every meal includes foods that you buy at the store and prepare, such as fresh fruits and vegetables or dairy items. If it doesn’t work for some people, it’s probably because they are not sticking to it. It’s not a quick fix and anyone who uses it as such will fail.

To Ariana who questions how Sara could have been big, lost weight and then gained it back, you have obviously never had weight issues. While it may seem like it would be easy to stay slim after dropping alot of weight, that’s just not reality for alot of people. It’s hard work and a daily struggle. Just like people who try to quit smoking or drinking and fall off the wagon. Only when talking about food its all the harder, because we need to eat to survive.

Diane on

I agree with the others, Jenny Craig is very expensive. They should use every day people and lower there prices, so that its more affordable

Missy on

I am on Jenny and I will tell you it does work, I started at 249 and now Im 190. It is expensive, but it has been the best money I ever spend. I would love to see a real person as a spokesperson as well. I guess Jenny Craig feels if we see a celebrity losing the weight we will try. I must admit when I read Valerie’s book, I joined. lol

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Olga on

Hey ladies, don’t get on the Jenny Craig hype – don’t be lazy remember this is a life long plan that you practice everyday. Count your calories, walk, or do some form of exercise. Remember it took a long time to gain and now we have a life time to take it off. One day at a time. It does work. I did Jenny also and gained – now I am on the right track!! Don’t put yourself down. There is no magic bullet.

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