Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet
The Film: Fat Sick and Nearly Dead
“Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” is an amazingly inspirational film that follows the weight loss journeys of main character Joe Cross and Phil Staples. Based on the huge interest in juicing and massive interest in Joe Cross’s juicing movie, a second movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2” came out in 2014.
With the juicing diet, Joe lost 82 pounds in 60 days and Phil lost 95 pounds in 61 days. Fast and nothing short of amazing.
Here is a short trailer of the first movie (a must watch movie). I expected a boring documentary on “how I did it”, but it was fun, informative and extremely motivational. It got me into buying a juicer and starting a juice diet. Take a look..
This is a must watch movie for anyone who is wanting to lose weight. And actually for anyone who wants to get inspired! The movie is not just about a juice fast diet, but about two men facing their uncomfortable problems and taking consistent action.
The main character Joe Cross is not only 100 pounds overweight, but he has been suffering from an autoimmune disease that causes rashes all over his body for the last 9 years.
Phil Staples is a truck driver that Joe comes across at a truck stop, who is even more obese at 429 pounds, who eventually calls Joe for help.
In the movie, both Joe and Phil visit their doctors in the very beginning to get an initial checkup, then get periodic testing to monitor their conditions.
Joe even carries around his juicer in his car to make his own juice.
The first few days are the worst for both, since the change is mentally difficult and their bodies are detoxing. However, after the initial period, they both seem to be adjusting to the fast and even feeling good.
After 60 days of juice fasting, Joe loses 82 pounds, is feeling energetic, looking very handsome, and eventually he is completely off his meds.
The story about Phil is also absolutely amazing. Just in the first 5 days, he loses 17 pounds. By the end of his 61-day juice fast, he loses 95 pounds and he continues to lose weight, losing a total of 202 pounds after 10 months.
His dedication and success get noticed by people around him, and he inspires his brother and the people in the community to try the juice fast and actually lose weight.
How Much Weight Did They Lose?
Here are the results of their weight loss journeys.
Starting weight:309 pounds/140 kg
Ending weight:227 pounds/103 kg
Weight lost:82 pounds/37 kg
Length of juice fast:60 days
Starting weight:429 pounds/195 kg
Weight after 61 days of juice fast:334 pounds/151 kg
Weight lost after 61 days of juice fast:95 pounds/43 kg
Weight after 10 months:227 pounds/103 kg
Weight lost after 10 months:202 pounds/92 kg
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet
In the film, the diet is basically a pure juice fast. In other words, the only thing you consume is juice made from fresh vegetables and fruits.
If this sounds too daunting to you, Joe Cross’s blog website lists some other variations of the juice fast including a short weekend juice fast, or a combination of a juice fast and eating solid foods.
During the juice fast, you can drink the juice 4-6 times per day, 16-20 ounces for each juice.
Recommended combinations are 80% vegetables and 20% fruits.
Caffeine is not allowed during the diet, in order to give your body a break.
Pros of the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet
- You will most likely see very fast results.
- You will detox your body and become healthier.
- You will feel energized through consuming lots of nutrients.
- Juicing is easy and anyone can do it.
Cons of the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet
- The first few days will feel horrible.
- Some individuals may experience nutrient deficiency if juice fasting is done for too long.
- Any extreme diet has a high risk of rebound weight gain. Make sure you do not go back to your old way of eating.
The 5 Minute Guide to Juicing
If you heard enough and want to get started, we put together a 5 minute guide to juicing.
Step 1 – Purchase a juicer
Most beginners choose a centrifugal juicer. It works and is the cheapest way to get started. For details on the pros and cons of different juicer types read more on Buying the Right Juicer.
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor is the juicer used in the film Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. Click here if you want to buy the juicer used by Joe and Phil so effectively to lose weight so quickly.
Step 2 – Buy produce
Make a grocery list based on specific juices you want to make, or you can simply buy the following vegetables and fruits.
These vegetables and fruits provide a lot of juice, are easy to juice, and taste great. They are perfect for beginners.
- Lots of cucumbers
- Lots of celery
- Lots of carrots
- Some zucchini
- Some apples
- Some pears
- Some lemons
There are many vegetables and fruits that you can juice, allowing you to make a variety of juice recipes and consume various nutrients for the quickest weight loss. Read more about best vegetables and fruits to juice for weight loss.
Step 3 – Start juicing
Juice any of the above vegetables and fruits in any combination you like.
Step 4 – Clean the juicer parts
Rinse the juicer parts with warm water immediately after you are done juicing.
If you allow the produce to dry, the juicer parts will become very difficult to clean.
Clean the juice filter with a brush.
Set aside to dry.
Step 5 – Enjoy the juice!
Enjoy the juice within 30 minutes of juicing for maximum nutritional value.
The Quickest Way to Lose Weight with Juicing
The fastest way to lose weight with juicing is to do a juice fast, during which time all you consume is fresh juice.
Many people have lost an amazing amount of weight with juice fasting, some even losing 1 pound a DAY.
However, it is not for the faint-hearted. The first 3 days can be extremely tough, as your body gets adjusted to a liquid diet and experiences detox symptoms.
Juice fasting is also an effective way to detox your body, as your body does not have to digest food and can rest, and your body can use the extra energy to remove toxins and repair damage.
As a matter of fact, detoxing is one of the reasons why you can lose weight so quickly with a juice fast. During your juice fast, you create a virtuous cycle of nourishing your body with nutrients, repairing your organs, releasing toxins along with the fat cells that store them, and allowing your body to better absorb and utilize nutrients, all the while not burdening your body with toxic foods such as fast foods, junk foods and processed foods (or even solid foods!).
There are many ways to try juice fasting and it really depends on the individual which method is best.
The length varies from 1 day to 60 days. According to Dr. Fuhrman of the Eat to Live diet (he was also the physician in the movie Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead) doing a juice fast for 3-5 days is safe for healthy adults.
For anything beyond 5 days, it is recommended that you consult and be supervised by a physician.
It is also recommended that you check with your doctor before beginning a juice fast if you have any particular health concerns or conditions.
If you take prescription medication, be sure to check with your doctor since some vegetables and fruits may interact with the medication.
If your current diet is heavy on fast foods, processed foods and sweets, consider taking some time to change your diet gradually before jumping into a complete juice fast.
Juicing Tips from Joe Cross
Common Side Effects
Whether you go on a complete juice fast or simply introduce fresh juice into your diet, you may have side effects, or detox symptoms. These are also called the Herxheimer Reaction.
These symptoms occur as your body adjusts to the new diet and gets rid of toxins.
Click here to see possible symptoms you may experience while juicing. If the symptoms are severe or go on for a long time, be sure to see a doctor.
Juicing for Busy People
Just because you are busy at work or at home does not mean that you cannot successfully lose weight with juicing! With a little planning and creativity, you can drink your juice when you need to even if you have a busy schedule. Click here to see tips on juicing for busy people.
AVOID THE TOP 12 JUICING MISTAKES
If you’ve decided that a juicing diet is something you’d like to try, whether in the form of a juice fast or just simply adding fresh juice to a healthy diet, make sure to avoid these common juicing mistakes.
Watch Joe Cross Make the Mean Green Juice from the Movie
Mean Green Juice Recipe
Makes about 16-20 ounces, or 2 large glasses
4 celery stalks
6-8 kale leaves
1 small piece of ginger
Handful of spinach (optional)
Mean Green Juice Directions
Wash all produce well
Peel the lemon (optional)
Cut up the lemon and apples
Remove apple seeds
Mean Green Juice Substitute Ingredients
Cucumber -> Zucchini
Apples -> Pears or Carrots
Kale -> Spinach, Collard greens, Romaine leaves, or Cabbage leaves
Lemon -> Lime
UPDATE on Fat Sick and Nearly Dead
A follow-up film, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 2, starring Joe Cross is now available. Watch the trailer below!