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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tmpg on

Laura,

When people start to work out, they start to enjoy the way their bodies feel after working out. It changes their whole outlook on exercise and the way they feel. Yes, she may have liked herself before but exercise will motivate a person to do more and feel better so it becomes a part of their lives. I used to be so lazy and couldn’t imagine exercising willingly bc I hated it. Now I’ve slowly made it a part of my life and I can’t imagine going back. I feel so much better and so much stronger. So you’re wrong and you need to get your butt up and start finding out what people are talking about bc it’s obvious that you don’t work out.

Bippy on

Also people forget that celebs can have their clothes made, therefore allowing them to be whatever size they want to be..

Sorry for all of the typos earlier..

Texas Amber on

Man, a lot of haters. Shame.
She has done a great job. It is hard to lose weight for most people even if they have the time and money. It takes dedication. Good for her. She is such a beautiful girl at any size, but how awesome that she feels great about herself!

jennifer on

it’s no wonder this country has an obesity problem if people think being a size 14 is normal no matter what a person’s height is. There is no reason to assume that a person who decides to get healthy did it to copy a Hollywood ideal. Plus, a size 6 is larger than most actresses.

Laura on

It’s not just watching what you eat and exercise. I’m a size 16/18, workout 4-5x a week, 1-2 hours a day, eat small portions, healthy choices. I’m stuck in the mid 200s. To say every woman can be a size 6 is a blatant lie. To say it’s all about what goes in and out is also a lie. It’s genetics, metabolism, as well as choices. I’m as healthy as a horse, perfect BP, BS, and cholesterol because of how I choose healthy foo and activity. I’m just not the perceived “ok” size….

k on

wow. it’s ridiculous that so many people are concerned with what size she wears. she is thin and she worked hard for it; not only that, it’s exactly like someone mentioned before, what is a size 6 at one store may be a size 4 or 8 somewhere else. maybe we should spend less time worrying about sara rue’s clothing sizes, and worry more about our own. it’s easy to judge when you’re typing anonymously from behind a computer screen.

Heather on

Who cares if she’s done it before. Most people can’t do it a first time, let alone twice. It’s her decision and hers only if she gains it back. Not for anyone else to judge or make a mockery of. Whether she’s a size 6 or 8 or 10, does it matter? She looks great and just give her the praise she deserves or shut up.

Sacha on

I think she looks great. I am also 5’8″ and fluxuate between 140-145 and wear a size 4, 6 or 8 depending on the brand of clothing. I also went to JC to lose weight and it’s not a rip off. You pay for the food, which most is very very good. Then you do the work. I was motivated to lose so I worked out. Was it a joy all the time? Absolutley not. But if you want to see results on the scale and in your clothes, that’s what you have to do. It’s not rocket science — eat less, work out more. Duh.

k on

not to mention the fact that there is obviously a huge difference in her shape and size, just by looking at her. why would she need to lie about the size of her clothing?

Elle on

Oh, Sara! You look fabulous, but you will gain it all back. That’s the flaw with dieting, it’s just TEMPORARY — until you fix the real issues as to why you overeat in the first place. Good luck to her! But shame on being a role model for women doing WEIGHT WATCHERS. Dieting does not work – it’s a vicious cycle that ends in failure for most people.

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