Last week I went to a sneak peak of an upcoming film called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. The film’s producer and subject is Joe Cross, an Australian and a successful businessman. Joe documents how he used a diet of fresh juice to drop 90 pounds while traveling the united states. Joe’s film, his story and his approach to his health bring a message to those of us who want to be leaner and healthier.
About 3 years ago Joe weighed 325 pounds, which is a solid 90 pounds over his ideal weight. He got that way by eating too many burgers, fries, pizza and beer. No surprise there! He tried to lose weight using a variety of methods, but nothing worked. Joe stayed fat.
Then Joe became ill with a rare disease – an autoimmune condition that caused rashes and inflammation to cover his skin from head to toe. There is no known cure for his condition, and with flare-ups happening on a regular basis, Joe found himself taking vast quantities of medications to retain any quality of life at all. From this condition was born the title of the movie. Joe was fat, sick and nearly dead.
One day he woke up and decided to serve as a guinea pig for his own recovery. He had little to lose from a health standpoint. So what did Joe do? He flew from Australia to New York and embarked on a radical plan. The plan was to do a juice fast for 60 days. He would use a juice machine, fresh veggies, greens and fruit. He would drink it throughout the day. He would eat no food. No meat, sugar, coffee, pizza, alcohol, or other comfort foods.
Further, Joe felt he needed to support his efforts by removing himself from his day-to-day life, which is why he came to the U.S. But that wasn’t enough for Joe. He decided to use this time to create a film, where he would enlist a handful of other people to join him in his unusual experiment, while traveling coast to coast and asking people about their lives, their health and their eating habits.
I thoroughly enjoyed Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, where I got to witness Joe travel the country, while he dropped 1.5 pounds a DAY until he lost 90 pounds! His bloated body transformed to long, lean, and muscular and his face lost it’s plumpness while his chiseled features came to life. His spirits lifted as he lowered his dependence on medicine – and by the end of 60 days he was able to stop medication completely!
Now you may wonder if this was some type of starvation diet. Joe assures us that it is not, and that he was never overly hungry. Most of the time he was satisfied completely. Also, he was strictly under his doctor’s supervision. His blood was drawn once a week, and it showed a picture of lowered cholesterol and improved levels of iron and calcium. Meanwhile his blood pressure dropped to good levels quickly. Not a single problem ever showed up; rather improvements were noted across the board. Best yet, his rare autoimmune disorder disappeared completely after about 6 weeks!
During this time, Joe signed up a truck driver, named Phil onto the juicing plan. Phil was over 400 pounds, morbidly obese and suffering from the same condition. Over the course of filming and producing this story, Phil lost over 200 pounds, his condition cleared up, and he literally became a new man. Another woman who had experienced migranes regularly stopped having them after just 10 days.
People have been fasting throughout the history of mankind, and dating back from the biblical days. It’s been used as a cleansing process, a religious or spiritual rite, and just a boost for good health.
With approval from your doctor, the benefits of juice fasting include:
- Juicing provides complete micro-nutrition including the vitimins and minerals we need
- It gives your body a rest period from eating, while providing superb nutrition
- The nutrients are easily assimilated into the body with little digestive effort
- It can serve as a ‘reset’ button, teaching our taste buds to enjoy more nutritious foods
- It can help you overcome sugar, carb, fat, alcohol and caffeine cravings
- It can help heal your body from a wide variety of illnesses
- People who fast occasionally have been shown to enjoy higher cognitive skills and concentration capability
- It can be an excellent way to lose weight!
As the movie came to a close, a handsome, vibrant man was introduced to step up front. It was Joe - in person. He looked fit, alive and humble about his great results. He told us that the film wasn’t about him, it was about all the people who are now doing juice fasts around the U.S., like Phil – as a response to the epidemic of obesity we face today.
Moderating food can be a very difficult challenge, as you may know, and juicing takes the guesswork out of eating – since you’re only drinking. You don’t need to go the extreme that Joe did with fasting.
Joe states that a short, 7-10 day fast can provide a great weight loss opportunity and health boost by drinking your nutrient-rich food. If this is something that inspires you to action, check out their website for more information and see what you think.
Would You Like to Try Juicing?
If you’re open to giving juicing a try, I recommend picking up a copy of The Experts Guide to Juicing. It’s an easy read and teaches you how to safely lose weight with juice fasting, as well as how to improve your health, what juices are best to drink (and why) and much more.
We also often get asked what Juicer Joe Cross Uses. Joe like Breville Juicers, and you can read our review of Joe’s Juicer, the Breville BJE510XL Here.