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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Jenni on

She looks fantastic! But I personally wouldn’t try Jenny Craig! Weight Watchers is fantastic! and look at Jennifer Hudson ;)

Jamie on

Good for her she looks great!

jean on


Randi on

Right on Mich!!! I am so beyond sick and tired of these celebrities saying “look at me, look at me, I’m a size 4 or 6” when it is blatantly obvious that they are not. And then they want to turn around and try to tell their fans to be comfortable and confidant with who they are…all the while lying to their faces!!!

Lauren on

I agree with Randi and Sharon. What gives? She looked fine before? Why does everyone always insist on fitting in the size 4-6 mold? It sickens me actually. Don’t these people want to EMBRACE their curviness? Don’t these people want to STEP OUTSIDE THE BOX or COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES?! I am a size 14. I want to lose about 10 lbs and be a size 12. I don’t want to be a stick. I am proud to have my hourglass shape and curves and I am PROUD to be differen’t. If you want people to be confident with themselves, first you have to be confident in yourself. These celebs need to learn that. Like look at Jordin Sparks….she is beautiful! And she is my size! She is not rib skinny, she is REAL.


Lauren on

A suggestion I have for PEOPLE. I LOVE your magazine and I am happy these people are losing weight, but could you PLEASE write LESS articles on the weight spectrum? You’re making other girls feel insecure and their is more to life than a number on a scale. Thanks. :)

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Samantha on

Good for you Sara! She’s inspiring me to start running again, I’d love to drop down to a six again (I’m an 8) not because I want to be thin, but because I want to feel fit again.

jessica on

@mich: why be such a hater?! she absolutely could be a 6!! pictures make you look a little bigger and i think she looks skinny! i wear a size 4 and i think i look bigger than Sara in pictures. so just be happy for her and shush it.

JT on

Sara looks amazing!! Congrats on the weight loss and her new found love of exercise :)

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