Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet MovieFat sick and nearly dead diet, is a juice diet based on a documentary film released in 2010.

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). This is NOT a boring documentary on “how I did it”, but it is fun, informative and extremely motivational. It may even inspire you into buying a juicer and starting a juice diet.

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.

Joe Cross
Starting weight:309 pounds/140 kg
Ending weight:227 pounds/103 kg
Weight lost:82 pounds/37 kg
Length of juice fast:60 days

Phil Staples
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

See below the good things about 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

See below the not so good things about 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.

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Juicer

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet JuicerBreville 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 same exact juicer used by Joe and Phil in the film.

This is a centrifugal juicer, which is the type chosen by most beginners. 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.

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.

Juicing Tips from Joe Cross

Tip 1

Tip 2

Watch Joe Cross Make the Mean Green Juice from the Movie

Fat Sick And Nearly Dead Juice Recipe

The Mean Green Juice that they drink in the film is extremely delicious and a great starting recipe for beginners. See the Mean Green Juice recipe below to get started.

Mean Green Juice Recipe

Makes about 16-20 ounces, or 2 large glasses

1 cucumber
4 celery stalks
2 apples
6-8 kale leaves
1/2 lemon
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

Fat Sick And Nearly Dead 2

A follow-up film, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead 2, starring Joe Cross is now available. Watch the trailer below!

15 Responses to Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet

  1. michael taylor says:

    Just starting day one today. Was inspired by your video and I also a trucker, with Phil.

    • Gina Crawford says:

      We started on Feb 29, so we are one day ahead of you! I had bad headaches second day but now feel great!

  2. Daniela says:

    I love the movie and tried it out for about 2 weeks. My husband, while supportive, did not participate. It wasn’t easy and really hard during day 3, but afterwards it got easier. I feel a lot better, have more energy, and lost about 6 pounds.

  3. Kellie says:

    Hi I am just starting now I am in a wheel chair and can’t execise but I want to to this I want to lose weight about 30kgs in whole does in matter that I can’t execise I do have a vibration machine from cardio tech that I use everyday for 20mins can someone tell me please.

  4. Dillon says:

    hey i think what you guys are doing is awesome im seventeen and plan on doing the 10 day fast thanks for the inspiration

  5. Charmaine Cruickshank says:

    Hey Jo, Love you work. Just a quick question regarding your juicing. I already juice but I add water and mix a lot of the pulp of the fruit and veges in, as I feel I don’t won’t to waste any of those nutritious foods. Should I not do this and just get the plain juice? Please advise
    Kind regards Charmaine

    • Tiffany from FastSlimBody says:

      Hi Charmaine,

      This website is not associated with Joe or his movie. To answer your question, it depends. Most of the nutrients will be in the juice, but all the fiber will be in the pulp. Since we all need fiber and it would be shame to throw all the fiber away, it is certainly better to make some use of the pulp. There are some creative solutions available on the internet. But from a pure juicing perspective as shown in the movie, you don’t need to use the pulp.

      Hope that was helpful.

  6. Alex says:

    In the movie there were other juices that you and Phil drank. Where can we get those recipes and still be in line with the juice fast reboot? Please advise.

    • Tiffany from FastSlimBody says:

      Hi Alex,

      This website is not associated with Joe or his movie. Unfortunately I don’t have an answer to your question, but you may be able to get an answer on Joe’s website (www.rebootwithjoe.com).


  7. lyn says:

    As all of you i was also inspired by the movie, so i started this and lost 10lb. i was at 220 then but i stopped and i ate chicken with mashed potatoes one night at dinner the next day I felt horrible. not guilty horrible physically horrible. I started doing this again because who wants to walk around feeling bloated. and sick .

  8. Myrna says:

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    on the topic of this webpage, this webpage is really remarkable.

  9. Joe The Juicer says:

    A truly amazing blog post and, in many ways, better than my own! It’s certainly true that Phil Staples continues to lose weight and is almost at the stage where he will consider himself a healthy human being. What a great step forward from where he was in 2010. This is an inspiration to us all!

  10. Annie says:

    Is it safe to only drink the V8 fusion ?

  11. Cameron Ree says:

    Hey Joe;

    just watched your 2nd film last night.

    have not watched your first one yet.

    Went out and bought a juicer today. tonight after dinner, my 17yr old elite hockey playing son and I made our first drink;

    1 celery stalk
    1 orange with peel
    4 strawberries
    1 banana
    4 large kale leaves

    we both agreed that while the juice appearance made us very skeptical, we were very impressed with the taste and how we felt an hour later!

    While we are both very fit, our diet is only so/so.

    This will be a game changer and will give my son a terrific base to work from as he goes off to live on his own and have his own family.

    Joe…you are awesome! keep it up.


    Cam (Otter Lake BC Canada)

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