Amid flashing paparazzi bulbs and Jenny Craig
gourmet snacks, the curvy actress said on Wednesday, "My weight has fluctuated my whole life, and because I've been on TV since I was 11 years old, everyone has seen it. Like so many women in this country I have a problem controlling what I eat based on my emotional health." Sara Rue
aims to lose 30 pounds on Jenny Craig
, starting immediately.
The 31-year-old actress told That's Fit
she can't wait to start the program and looks to Valerie Bertinelli'
s 40-pound weight loss as her ultimate inspiration. Does she also want to follow in Bertinelli's footsteps and don a teeny weeny bikini for all the world to see? "Ah, if I look half as good as she did [points to Valerie], then possibly," said Rue. To help Rue achieve her goals, a Jenny Craig nutrition consultant will be on call as well as exercise experts and a team of dietitians. (We should all be so lucky.)
Molly Wangsgaard is a registered dietitian with Jenny Craig who consults on their new food menus. "We don't want any of our clients to ever go hungry. We believe in eating three hearty, well-balanced meals a day -- with unlimited fruits and vegetables available to every client. And we offer delicious snacks
for in between meals as well," Wangsgaard said. "This is not a deprivation diet."
Rue is counting on emotional support from Bertinelli, too, who just launched a new fitness DVD "Valerie Bertinelli Losing It and Keeping Fit.
" Bertinelli said, "Sara really wants to change her life in addition to transforming her body, and so I really see great success in her future because she's honest and ready to commit. Sara is the real deal."
Check out Valerie Bertinelli's success on Jenny Craig in the gallery below!
Valerie Bertinelli Shapes Up
shows off a dramatic 50-pound weight loss on an April 2009 cover of PEOPLE.
The 123-pound actress lost weight with the help of the Jenny Craig
diet and a workout
that included walking, running and strength training with incorporated resistance bands four to five times a week.
Stephen Danelian, PEOPLE
Valerie Bertinelli shows off a dramatic 50-pound weight loss on an April 2009 cover of PEOPLE.The 123-pound actress lost weight with the help of the Jenny Craig diet and a workout that included walking, running and strength training with incorporated resistance bands four to five times a week.
Stephen Danelian, PEOPLE
Bertinelli was just 15 when she landed a role on the long-running sitcom, "One Day at a Time." Bertinelli told PEOPLE that she has spent her life "consumed" by body issues and that as a teen in the '70s, she would go on crash diets.
As a teen star, Bertinelli struggled with weight. She has said that she became dangerously thin at times, reaching a low of 98 pounds.
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Nice-girl Bertinelli surprised everyone when she married guitarist Eddie Van Halen in 1981. They were together for 25 tumultuous years, through Van Halen's battle with alcoholism and cancer. She has said that while her husband struggled with one kind of addiction, hers was with food.
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Bertinelli and Van Halen had one son together, Wolfgang, born in 1991. Bertinelli has said that in the years following the painful split from her husband, she began a pattern of emotional eating and began to gain weight -- and avoid the camera.
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Bertinelli teamed up with Jenny Craig (left) in 2008. The actress became spokesperson for the popular diet plan at her highest weight of 172 pounds and set a goal of losing 30. Less than a year later, she exceeded her goal, losing a total of 50 pounds.
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Bertinelli penned an autobiography in 2008, "Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time," in which she openly discussed her food issues, life as a teen star, her rocky marriage and her comeback.
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Bertinelli shows off a sleek, sexy figure at the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection show during Fashion Week in February 2009. The star, who admitted to being shy and self-conscious about her body, has learned to have some fun flaunting her new look.
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Fitness expert Nicole Dorsey Straff is a Los Angeles-based exercise physiologist and author, and frequently writes about diet, health and wellness.