Josh Peck: The Surprising Truth Behind The 127lb Weight Loss | E238

Last updated: Jun 2, 2023

The video is about Josh Peck's weight loss journey and the emotional struggles he faced growing up without a father.

The video is an interview with actor and comedian Josh Peck, who talks about his weight loss journey and the emotional issues that led to his unhealthy habits. Peck discusses his childhood growing up with a single mother and no father figure, as well as the financial struggles he faced as an actor. He also opens up about his anger towards his circumstances and how he used food and other substances to cope. Peck eventually realized he needed to make a change and sought help to overcome his addiction. The interview also touches on Peck's relationship with his absent father and how it affected him.

  • Josh Peck is an actor and comedian, known for his role in Drake and Josh.
  • He grew up with a single mom and never knew his dad.
  • Despite his success, he still worries about his financial status.
  • At 18, he lost 127 pounds, but still struggled with emotional issues.
  • He turned to drinking and other substances, which hurt his relationships and work.
  • Josh recommends finding a support system and seeking therapy.
  • Josh's story shows that success and weight loss don't necessarily solve emotional issues.
  • Josh emphasizes the importance of mental health and self-acceptance in his weight loss journey.
  • Comedy was a release and a superpower for Josh and his mother.

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Introduction

  • Josh Peck is an actor and comedian, known for his role in Drake and Josh.
  • He grew up with a single mom and never knew his dad.
  • Despite his success, he still worries about his financial status.
  • At 18, he lost 127 pounds, but still struggled with emotional issues.
  • He turned to drinking and other substances, which hurt his relationships and work.
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Early Life

  • Josh was born in 1986 to a single mom and never knew his dad.
  • His mom always wanted a child and saw him as a gift.
  • His father, who had another family, decided not to be in his life.
  • Josh and his mom navigated the world together.
  • His mom was unemotional about his dad, almost like the fog of war.
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Weight Loss and Emotional Struggles

  • At 18, Josh lost 127 pounds, but still struggled with emotional issues.
  • He was angry at his dad and his circumstances.
  • He felt like he wasn't enough, despite everything going right.
  • He turned to drinking and other substances, which hurt his relationships and work.
  • He realized he needed to do something and act his way into right thinking.
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Advice and Conclusion

  • Josh recommends finding a support system and seeking therapy.
  • He also emphasizes the importance of taking action and not just thinking about it.
  • He asks viewers to subscribe to his channel to help it grow.
  • Josh's story shows that success and weight loss don't necessarily solve emotional issues.
  • It's important to address the root cause of the problem and seek help when needed.
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Josh's Childhood and Relationship with his Mother

  • Josh's father was not present in his life, but his mother did a good job of presenting his positive qualities.
  • Josh's mother was a self-made businesswoman and a natural comedian.
  • Despite financial struggles, Josh had an extremely loving childhood filled with laughter.
  • Josh and his mother were more like partners than a traditional mother-son relationship.
  • Josh was the man in his mother's life.
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The Pain that Led to Josh's Weight Gain

  • Josh believes that everyone experiences a certain level of pain in their lives.
  • Adolescence is a time when we become more attuned to where we are not enough in certain areas.
  • Josh was particularly sensitive to the unfairness of the world and his place in it.
  • Josh's pain led him to turn to food for comfort.
  • Josh's weight gain led to bullying and further emotional struggles.
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Josh's Weight Loss Journey

  • Josh tried various diets and exercise programs, but nothing worked long-term.
  • Josh eventually found success with a trainer who helped him change his mindset and approach to food and exercise.
  • Josh lost 127 pounds and has kept it off for several years.
  • Josh's weight loss journey was not just physical, but also emotional and mental.
  • Josh learned to love and accept himself, regardless of his weight.
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The Importance of Mental Health and Self-Acceptance

  • Josh emphasizes the importance of mental health and self-acceptance in his weight loss journey.
  • Josh believes that weight loss is not just about physical health, but also mental and emotional health.
  • Josh encourages others to seek help and support for their mental health struggles.
  • Josh believes that self-acceptance is key to long-term success and happiness.
  • Josh hopes to inspire others to love and accept themselves, regardless of their weight or appearance.
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Childhood Struggles

  • Josh Peck felt pain growing up due to being overweight.
  • He didn't realize he was eating unhealthily, but felt like he ate like any other kid.
  • Being different and knowing life would be challenging caused him pain.
  • Comedy was a currency for him and his mother, and it was a distraction.
  • TV was an escape for him, and sitcoms projected healthy families that he wanted to be a part of.
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Comedy as a Superpower

  • Comedy was a release and a superpower for Josh and his mother.
  • It was a natural byproduct of his mother's upbringing.
  • Comedy could control the energy of a room and endear people to you.
  • It was a wonderful distraction for Josh.
  • Comedy was a currency for Josh and his mother.
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TV as an Escape

  • Sitcoms were Josh's favorite TV shows growing up.
  • They projected healthy families that he wanted to be a part of.
  • Comedy in sitcoms was objective and clear what worked and what didn't.
  • Josh lost himself in hours of watching TV shows.
  • Becoming an actor was like going to work for the hospital that cured his disease.
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Food as Love

  • Josh's first love was food.
  • He didn't realize he was eating unhealthily.
  • Food is great and everyone loves it.
  • John Stamos is the biggest food guy Josh knows.
  • Josh loves food, but is also a very fit person.
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Josh Peck's Weight Struggles

  • Josh Peck was obsessed with food growing up
  • He became very overweight from the ages of 13 to 18, reaching 290 pounds
  • He realized that he was using food as a coping mechanism
  • Food was a reward and a way to medicate his emotions
  • He struggled with his weight for many years
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The Link Between Food and Emotions

  • Josh Peck learned about the link between how he felt and how he ate
  • He realized that actors often turn to food for comfort on set
  • Food is often used as a way to cope with emotions
  • Food is seen as a reward and a way to celebrate
  • Food can also be used to medicate pain and emotions
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The Paradox of Using Food to Cope

  • Josh Peck used food to ease his pain, but it caused more pain in the long run
  • Food was a temporary solution to his emotional struggles
  • Using food as a coping mechanism led to weight gain and health problems
  • Josh Peck realized that he needed to find healthier ways to cope with his emotions
  • He learned to identify his triggers and find alternative ways to deal with them
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The Ubiquity of Food in Society

  • Food is often associated with celebrations and events
  • Food is used to reward and comfort
  • Food is ubiquitous in society, from holiday meals to pumpkin spice season
  • Food can be a way to bring people together and create community
  • However, food can also be a source of stress and emotional turmoil
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The Paradox of Addiction

  • Short-term reward of dopamine hit leads to long-term punishment of critique and self-talk
  • Brain is trained to go to things that numb feelings
  • Underlying issue continues to grow and requires more medication
  • Addiction can be food, drugs, drink, smoking, sex, gambling, debt, etc.
  • Dopamine serotonin response triggers addiction
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Comedy and Emotional Struggles

  • Comedians often come from feelings of being not enough
  • Achieving success doesn't necessarily heal relationships with parents
  • Comedy is specific and clear, like boxing
  • Being funny usually comes from very unfunny reasons
  • Comedy can be a defense mechanism
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The Relationship Between Comedy and Looks

  • It can be hard to reconcile how someone can be gorgeous and funny
  • Funny is often reserved for those who weren't necessarily that good-looking
  • Being funny can be a defense mechanism for those who feel inadequate
  • Comedy can be a way to make others happy and gain approval
  • Comedy can be a way to cope with emotional struggles
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Choosing a Career Path

  • Being an actor professionally didn't seem like a reasonable career path
  • Started doing stand-up comedy at eight years old
  • Comedy became a way to cope with emotional struggles
  • Comedy was a way to make others happy and gain approval
  • Comedy became a career path because of a love for making people laugh
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Early Life and Career

  • Josh Peck grew up in New York with no connections to show business.
  • His mother was a natural performer with a beautiful singing voice.
  • Financial struggles led his mother to suggest he audition for a performing arts high school.
  • He got in and saw kids studying and succeeding in Broadway shows and TV shows.
  • He realized it was possible to make a living doing what he loved.
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Meeting with Nickelodeon

  • Josh Peck auditioned for Nickelodeon at their headquarters in Times Square.
  • He auditioned for a movie and got the part, which led to his first trip out of the country to Canada.
  • His mother pointed out the president of Nickelodeon, Albie Hecht, and suggested he tell him he wants to be on "All That."
  • He told him and nine months later, Hecht called and offered him a role on "The Amanda Show."
  • This move changed his life and brought him to LA for his first TV show.
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Working at a Young Age

  • Josh Peck started auditioning at a young age and got his first role at 12.
  • He missed out on traditional adolescent experiences like school events and sports.
  • He wishes he went to school in the UK because of the uniforms.
  • He missed out on a lot but doesn't regret his career path.
  • He now has two sons and people suggest he put them in show business, which he finds weird.
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Emotional Struggles

  • Josh Peck's father left when he was young, which led to emotional struggles.
  • He felt like he had to be the man of the house and contribute financially.
  • He struggled with body image and weight issues, which led to a 127lb weight loss.
  • He realized that his worth wasn't tied to his weight or his career success.
  • He hopes to be a good father to his sons and break the cycle of absent fathers in his family.
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Josh Peck's Non-Traditional Path

  • Josh's upbringing and environment allowed him to pursue a non-traditional path in performing.
  • He was an overweight kid and didn't gain self-esteem from traditional systems.
  • His mom nurtured his performing talent like she would if it were little league or an instrument.
  • Josh's circumstance and struggle oriented him towards his mission.
  • Trauma and things we'd never wish on a child can end up creating their brilliance.
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Financial Struggles After Drake and Josh

  • Despite being on a hit show, Josh was not set for life financially.
  • He did not receive residuals from Drake and Josh.
  • Kids CV did not have residuals at that time.
  • Josh was worried about next year's financial status like anyone else.
  • Josh got honest and broke down his financial situation in his book.
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Commenting on Misunderstood or Unclear Aspects of His Life

  • Josh's book was a chapter ending in his life.
  • He editorialized his life and commented on things that were misunderstood or lacked clarification.
  • He wrote the book in an effort to talk about his life less.
  • People would make assumptions about his financial situation because of his past success.
  • Josh's friend and advisor on the book encouraged him to give an exact picture of his financial situation.
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Gratitude for UK Fans

  • Josh won his first Kids Choice Award at the UK Kids Choice Awards in London.
  • He was not properly appreciated for his work in the American Kids Choice Awards.
  • He thanks the UK for appreciating his work as a young actor.
  • Josh is pleased to talk about his book with someone who has wonderful insight into it.
  • The book is now in the Library of Congress.
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Life After Drake and Josh

  • The show made about $100,000 a year for the four years it was on.
  • Josh Peck had to find more work after the show ended.
  • It's important to understand the context of the show's earnings.
  • The show was popular with younger kids, but also had a timeless quality that attracted new fans over time.
  • Reruns played a big role in the show's continued popularity.
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Superfoods and Health

  • Josh Peck has been changing his diet and paying attention to his health.
  • He has been working with health experts and using superfoods and green foods to improve his diet.
  • He is an investor in Huel, a company that offers convenient superfood products.
  • Huel recently announced a new product called Daily Greens, which contains 91 superfoods and plant-based ingredients.
  • Josh Peck has been using Daily Greens and finds it to be a game changer.
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Zoe and Gut Health

  • Josh Peck is also an investor in Zoe, a company that uses data to understand our bodies better.
  • Zoe helps people understand how their gut health affects their overall health.
  • Zoe can help people reduce their risk of long-term disease and increase their energy levels.
  • Zoe is now a sponsor of Josh Peck's podcast.
  • Listeners can use the code CEO10 to get 10% off their Zoe program.
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