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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Tammy on

She looks great and she looks smaller than size 6. I’ll bet a lot of you haters are fat!

mollayb on

she looks amazing! what a transformation!… except for the fact that her bubbly personality is just as upbeat, if not more so now!

Lizzy on

I think all the folks who say she isn’t a 6 must be shopping at cheap stores with tiny sizing like Forever 21. She totally looks like a size 6. It’s a shame that a 6 is still plus sized by Hollywood standards. I think she looked fabulous as a 14.

liv on

Her after photo is clearly photoshopped.

Mary Jo Cwiek on

In 2006 in 9 months I did the same thing as Valerie and Sara. I was a size 14. I am still 50# lighter. I am 5’7 and am a size 4 or 6 depending on the store. I think the Jenny Craig plan is great and at halfway to your goal and upon reaching your goal they teach you the skills to maintain in the world. I am a normal person not a Hollywood type. Congratulations Sara.

Jeremy on

while she looks good, I prefer her with the weight.

nicole on

what was wrong with the way she looked before?

kimberdee on

Mich – you would be surprised how small she really is. Pics / cameras add a lot of bulk / width to you and then when you see them in person they are tiny. Her being a size 6 is totally believable.

Lawyer822 on

She looks great but who wouldn’t lose weight when you don’t have to pay. I wish I could do Jenny Craig and not pay for it.

Luis on

Kudos to her personal trainer Christopher Lane for the great results!

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