[Podcast] Ep45: How Reality Editor Gray Jones Lost 60 Pounds

Gray Jones is an accomplished reality television editor (here are his credits on IMDB), who recently completed his journey to lose 60 pounds. He is no stranger to a sedentary lifestyle and long hours, but he bucked the trend and decided it was time to make a serious change in his life. And the greatest part about his story is that he lost the weight doing nothing more than making a series of very simple, small changes over time.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • Gray’s background and experience as an editor and how his health deteriorated over the years after falling into a sedentary lifestyle
  • The sign Gray received that made him realize he had to make a change in his life
  • Gray deciding he wasn’t going to “diet,” he was going to make a “lifestyle change” that was permanent
  • Where Gray started on day 1 and the actionable steps and small changes that he followed to lose the weight

– The pros and cons of eating right before bed and/or staggering your meals to maintain your metabolism

  • How Gray tracks his sleep, steps, and caloric intake to develop awareness

– Gray’s decision to cut soda out of his life and why he never looked back

  • How sugar is more addictive than cocaine or heroine and why you’re unwilling to give up soda
  • How reading nutrition labels can change your life, and Gray’s discovery of how many foods have artificial sweeteners
  • How to change your perspective from pushing the boulder up the mountain to gently nudging the snowball down the mountain
  • Gray’s way to include “cheat foods” into his diet without really cheating

Useful Links:

Alpha Dogs Post-Production

“Enter the Zone: A Dietary Roadmap” by Dr. Barry Sears

“Rich Food, Poor Food” pt 1 (why artificial sweeteners are bad for you)

“Rich Food, Poor Food” pt 2 (how to learn to shop for healthy foods)

The Fitness In Post program

The Fitness In Post Fitbit Leaderboard

Is diet soda worse than regular soda?

Gray Jones on Twitter

Gray Jones at ‘Staff Me Up’

The TV Writer Podcast

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.


Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. Zack helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs overcome procrastination, depression, and creative burnout so they can get sh*t done and achieve the most meaningful goals in their lives...without sacrificing their sanity in the process. If you’re interested in learning how to better manage your time, your energy, and develop ninja-like focus, download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”