Jelly Roll’s Inspiring Weight Loss Journey With Gary Brecka: 53 Pounds Down

Jelly Roll & Gary Brecka / Instagram

Jelly Roll has repeatedly shared the profound impact of his weight on his life, characterizing it as a pressing issue that needed addressing.

At the 2023 CMA Awards, during a conversation with Fox News Digital on the red carpet, Jelly Roll had shared that he was prioritizing his happiness and did not have a set weight-loss goal in mind.

“I don’t even have a goal when it comes to health,” he shared. “I just want to keep doing the right thing and feeling better. I’m starting to find a will to live and I wanna lean into that, that’s it. I just want to be happier.”

Born Jason Bradley DeFord, the 39-year-old has successfully shed over 200 pounds in recent years. He highlighted his dedication to prioritizing what he believes is best for his well-being, particularly on a mental level.

“I’ve been working out. I’ve been losing weight, slowly but surely. I’m about 45-50 (pounds) down coming off tour, walking into the CMAs. I’m drinking less than I’ve ever drank, and I feel incredible. I’m drinking water like a fish. I’m getting it right out here. I want to touch people as long as I can.”

Jelly’s Personal Journey

In a social media post shared by the singer in 2019, Jelly Roll shared his personal thoughts on his weight journey and the struggles he has faced because of it.

“Obesity is something I’ve truly dealt with my entire life. As far back as pre-kindergarten I remember being the big kid. And from there it just continued to get worse. I’ve spent most of my life sad and depressed and I can say 90% of the reason is because of my obesity…I’m done talking about it, I’m done wallowing in my self pity over it and not doing nothing about it — I AM READY FOR CHANGE.”

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The “Son Of A Sinner” singer recently joined the Full Send Podcast, acknowledging host Kyle for motivating him to take part in a 5K this May. Kyle’s encouragement significantly fueled his determination for the challenge.


5k by May baby!!

♬ I Call Everybody Bubba – Jelly Roll

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Teaming Up With Gary Brecka

At the beginning of 2024, Jelly Roll teamed up with Gary Brecka, a human biologist and fitness guru. Together, they embarked on a transformative journey.

Their singular goal: to assist Jelly Roll in shedding 250 pounds within the upcoming 12-14 months.

When asked about his experience working with Jelly Roll, Brecka remarked, “He’s awesome, man. First of all, I love his music and I love his story, too. He’s been public about working with me and I’m so excited to be on this journey with him. He’s been very vulnerable about it, too. He said, ‘You know Gary, this is the first time that I felt like my weight is killing me.’

Starting at a weight of 494 lbs, Jelly Roll aimed to lose a significant amount of weight under Brecka’s guidance.

As Brecka and Jelly Roll embarked on this journey together, the focus remained on genuine transformation and a commitment to making a positive impact on Jelly Roll’s health and well-being.

Making Progress

Now, Jelly Roll has shared that he is 50 pounds down!

In a recent social media post shared by Brecka, Jelly can be seen on screen engaging in a conversation with Gary about his recent weight loss accomplishments.

“I am officially 50 pounds down motherf***ers!” Jelly starts off the video.

He continues, “Gary Brecka baby! Dude, I’m down 53 pounds as of Saturday. So, you remember we met about this journey early December and I really got on it ‘cause everything came in right at the end the first of January. So we’re down 50 something pounds, dude in the last three f***ing months, man. I’m kicking a**.”

Brecka’s caption on the post emphasized how inspiring it has been to witness Jelly’s story unfold.

“From tackling those daily steps to embracing a whole new lifestyle, it’s been nothing short of inspiring to witness. Down 53 pounds and fueled by determination, Jelly Roll’s story is a testament to the power of simple changes and steadfast commitment. Thank you for sharing your journey and proving that every step counts towards a healthier, brighter future. Let’s keep moving forward, one step at a time.”

Congratulations to Jelly on his recent weight loss!