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.
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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
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
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 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
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
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
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!