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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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Lisa on

Sarah did lose weight before and was actually very thin……must have gained it back because what she was doing was not a lifestyle change and just a “diet”. She is still smaller than she was before so it’s good that she is getting back on track. I do agree that Weight Watchers is more about the lifestyle change and more livable than Jenny or Nutrasystem.

Susan on

Go Sara! I’m cheering you on!

Tammy on

I’m a Weight Watcher. I’ve never really been “fat” but I always thought I was. I’ve tried every program there is, including Jenny Craig. Jenny Craig food is good, by the way. But the bottom line is, unless you’re truly willing to change your lifestyle by eating better and exercising regularly, no program is going to be successful for the long haul. Jenny Craig got Valerie Bertinelli started but it was her determination and dedication that kept the weight off. Hopefully, Sara will have the same results. She’s adorable.

Lisa on

Is she exercising? That is the key to long term weight loss. I am not knocking how she is doing it, but without exercise the weight will come back. I am in a constant weight struggle and am just now realizing that I HAVE to make time for the gym or nothing will change. Three days a week of cardio and weights is finally doing the trick. I wish her luck…it is a battle that is not easy to win!

Lu on

When can people just be happy for someone who is trying to improve themselves. If she chooses this program than good for her. Everyone needs to find what works for them. There is never a plan that is one size fits all. Modify it and move on.


katie on

Jenny Craig does not work!!!! She will gain it back just like my two friends who were on it!!!

kelli on

I am jealous! I have been trying to lose weight also, and I have been going to the gym 4x a week and watching what I eat for 3 months. Haven’t lost a pound! :(
Same thing happened when when I decided to only drink water(I occasionally drink milk & have a mixed drink). Some people lose tons of weight from drinking only water, when I lost none :(

Tina on

Any program where you lose a pound a day is not a good plan; anything over 1 1/2 per week is simply water weight (not fat or muscle; simply water). You cannot eat ‘anything’ you want and lose fat; you are only losing water weight and it will not stay off – Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, etc. are only so popular cause the Hollywood crowd promotes it – this way of eating is not healthy, nor will it keep the weight off as a life long goal.

L on

I wish you all the luck……..I’ve been on Jenny Craig on and off for years. Gaining then losing then gaining. I figured when I was on the Jenny Craig diet I lost about 12 lbs. at the most and it cost me $1,300.00+. Very expensive. I wish you all the best, one of your strengths is having Valerie their to help guide you, she is awesome and very positive.

nana on

Why do they always use a celebrity as a spokes person? THEY can afford to buy their own food. They need to use a middle class working person that can’t afford the meals and use them as a spokes person. They all do it – Jenny Craig, Nutra System.

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