‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ – Juicing your way to a better body

‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ – Juicing your way to a better body

Fat Sick Nearly Dead Joe Cross

Joe Cross may have an Aussie accent, but he has an All-American gut.

Or, at least he did before embracing a juice-heavy diet.

His physical transformation, like a reverse “Super Size Me,” is the heart of a new documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” The film takes the Michael Moore/Morgan Spurlock approach, letting Cross’ personality power the narrative.

He’s a likable bloke with a sensible message the masses could stand to hear. “Fat,” available via Video on Demand services starting April 1 as well as select theaters, veers into infomercial land a mite too often. Cross extols the virtues of fasting without really breaking down the consequences or letting any skeptics have their say. But there’s enough humanity between the juicings to make the movie a nutritious ride.


Cross, who co-directed the film, is staring down more than just an eating problem as the film opens. He suffers from a rare auto-immune disorder which could cut his life short if he continues eating to excess. So he takes drastic measures. He decides to go on a 60-day juice-only fast to lose weight and take some control over his life.

It works – and then some. He stops taking the myriad pills meant to keep him healthy and watches his body slim down in remarkable fashion. When he meets a heavyset American suffering from the same disorder, the two team up to prove the wonders of a juice diet.

“Fat” leans heavily on Cross’ no-nonsense persona and a smattering of sharply executed animated bits. He’s not the ruffled Everyman like Moore claims to be, and he’s far less of a jokester than Spurlock. He’s serious about his mission, but he’s also genial enough to make others open up about their own weight issues. Cross’ “man on the street” interviews feel precious at first, but when he bears down gently on his subjects some frank answers emerge about why so many people lug around so many excess pounds.

“I’m here for a few good years, and I’m gonna eat what I want,” one person tells Cross.

Cross and co. clearly support the juicing method for better health, and some sequences feel like contrived advertisements for the plan. But Cross doesn’t always sugarcoat its appeal. When a housewife goes on the juice fast for 10 days she admits the juice doesn’t taste very good and that’s she’s initially starving without her three regular meals to fill her stomach.

The film’s heavy-handed message is blunted by its clarion call for personal responsibility, a reasonable antidote to any proselytizing going on.

“Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know. Eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. Start moving and stop the excuses. But by putting a human face on our eating woes it could change a few hearts, minds and stomachs.

(Photo: Joe Cross connects with Phil Staples, an American suffering from both lousy eating habits and the same auto-immune disease Cross endures in “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” Reboot Media)


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opusNo Gravatar March 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm

“Eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. Start moving and stop the excuses.”

Forgive me, but that’s an incredibly ignorant statement. If someone is more than 20 pounds overweight then the weight is a symptom of another problem. That’s why people who lose a lot of weight keep putting it back on, the underlying problem is never addressed. Would you glibly say anorexics simply need to start eating and stop making excuses?
Anorexia and obesity are two sides of the same coin.

cftotoNo Gravatar March 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I think that coin of which you speak is remarkably complicated. And yes, there are many reasons why a person might be heavy, from low self esteem to childhood abuse to you name it. There are also plenty of people who love junk food (like me) and prefer to sit on the couch rather than take a stroll (again, like me) and don’t have any deep seated psychological issues surrounding their weight.

I don’t mean to minimize the social and emotional issues at play with weight gain, but at the end of the day the person does have to change his/her lifestyle habits to be successful at losing weight. My comment you quoted describes how the film doesn’t offer flip answers but rather hints at some basic truths. Its core message is one we’ve heard before for those who really want to lose weight, but it packages that message in an interesting, thought provoking fashion.

opusNo Gravatar March 24, 2011 at 12:15 am

As your site is a movie review site I won’t continue with anymore comments along this line after this.

“I don’t mean to minimize the social and emotional issues at play with weight gain, but at the end of the day the person does have to change his/her lifestyle habits to be successful at losing weight.”

Are you a few pounds overweight or obese?
There’s no question most of us live on foods that are bad for us and spend too much time on our butts, however those underlying problems that cause someone to be obese are more wide spread than I suspect you think.

cftotoNo Gravatar March 24, 2011 at 12:19 am

I’ve always been at a decent weight … although I’ve tweaked my diet over the years to be healthier (swapping out whole milk for skim, whole wheat bread/pasta for standard bread/pasta) as a concession to aging.

thebutlerdiditNo Gravatar March 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Sounds like an interesting doc. I find Spurlock horribly unlikable, so I gave up about 20 min into SuperSize Me, but I think I can get behind this. And maybe get motivated to juice, myself.

christinaNo Gravatar May 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I totally think it’s an awesome doc. My husband definately needs this diet. I shutter at the fact he make have a heart attack at any moment. We said “FOR BETTER OR FOR WORST”!! and this is it.

Lavonne McCumberNo Gravatar May 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm

A real eye opener! I love my juicer! I’ve been juicing for several years – never felt better!

DaleNo Gravatar May 31, 2011 at 4:38 am

Lavonne,
I’m curious if you think a 60 day fast is doable for a first time faster? I ordered a juicer and the movie (I will get the juicer June 3rd I believe and I don’t know when the movie will arrive). I’m serious about doing this and I am expecting great results. I’m certain there will be some weight loss and that is exciting for me because I could stand to lose a minimum of 25 lbs to be out of the obese range and losing 50 lbs would put me very close to my ideal weight. However, I’m more concerned with overall health and longevity. I don’t care terribly about taste or even being hungry. I just want to improve my health.

MaxNo Gravatar July 13, 2011 at 12:20 am

opus stop making excuses!

The underlying issue with you is your laziness. The reason I use to be fat like many fellow Americans is due to high protein, high carb and high calorie diet with no physical exercises.

Running On JuiceNo Gravatar July 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Dale, I would not recommend a 60 day juice fast for a beginner.

I speak with some experience here as I was a fat boy who got fit. I lost fifty pounds through juicing and exercise.

You can see my before and after photos here :http://www.runningonjuice.com/about/

If you are serious about juicing here is the way to do it.

week 1: Make a juice once a day for breakfast for 7 days.
week 2: Go one day with just juicing, no ‘real food’. Keep juicing for breakfast for the rest of the week.
week 3: Go on a 3 day juice fast!
week 4: If you manage to complete 3 days try for 7 days. If you were unable to last the whole 3 days, try again.

I never did more than 7 days on a juice fast to be honest. I am now fifty pounds lighter and working on shifting the last ten pounds.

You should check with your Doctor that you are ok to do this though.

For those who say its a lifestyle change you are absolute right. I used to eat all the crap and drink whiskey like Richard Burton on a wild night out. Something had to give. Juicing, does change your palate and it does reboot your system. After a 7 day juice fast I was craving vegetables rather than big macs.

Rebecca KayNo Gravatar July 22, 2011 at 3:47 am

I’m ready to cleanse. After seeing the movie and consulting my Dr. I am ready to do a 30 day cleanse. I was looking at the juice recipes that the movie suggests, however I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for other blends?

Running On JuiceNo Gravatar July 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Rebecca, fantastic that you are going to juice your way to a better health.

Having done this several times my advice for you would be to try a 7 day fast first. That in itself is a challenge. At the end of the 7 days if you feel good then push for 15 and after try 30 days.

I think its better to give yourself smaller goals and work through the challenges that way. In fact that was the advice given to Phil Staples. I think he was on an initial 10 day plan but he felt good and carried on.

Let us know how you get on!
Running On Juice.com

RhondaNo Gravatar July 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Ok I was turned on to this site by a neighbor who tried this for 6 days and was down 8 lbs. I ordered by juicer and today is my first day of juicing…wish me luck. I am about 30 lbs heavier than I would like to be. I am a police officer that has mandatory training in a few months and if I can’t pass, I lose my job. I also was diagnosed as borderline type II diabetic so this is my last hope. A better way of eating, a better way of learning what is a healthy start for me. I will attempt the 7 day then keep going from there.

Running On JuiceNo Gravatar July 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Good Luck Rhonda. if you need advice or inspiration feel to drop me a line…your neighbour should be a good source of inspiration though.

I feel its much easier to complete a juice fast when you know someone who has gone through it.

Runningonjuice.com

BivianaNo Gravatar July 25, 2011 at 2:31 am

Hello. I watched the documentary.My husband and I work out everyday, and eat healthy. I was around 15 pounds overweight. From 150 pounds to 136 in only 13 days. Husband went from 205, to 196. We have few extra pounds to achieve our goal weight. We feel good, and healthy. Thank you Mr Cross . Keep up the good work.

JoshNo Gravatar July 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Like most I have been overweight nearly my entire life. After watching the film, along with a few others along the same topic, and much research, I’m now on my third day of juicing. I won’t lie and say every juice recipe I’ve made has tasted great, because it hasn’t. However I’m determined to make this work.

I started by replacing dinner every night with a blend of fruit and veggie juice for a week. Then I added a fruit juice in the morning for breakfast for a week. Now im doing nothing but juice. Since I started I’ve already lost 7 pounds with a final goal of 75.

Steven H.No Gravatar August 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I started the diet about 9 day’s ago and have already lost 22lbs….. My wife and i had watched the documentary on NETFlix for the XBOX 360 and I started the diet a week later. I started at 267lbs and am now down to 245. Only 21 more days to go. I love this diet.

SueNo Gravatar August 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I plan on starting a juice diet this weekend I was wondering if you drink juice 3 times a day or if you get hungry do you make some up inbetween times?

Running On JuiceNo Gravatar August 9, 2011 at 3:23 am

Sue, if you find yourself getting hungry I suggest making another juice. There are no hard and fast rules on this.

Another alternative is to drink water when you are hungry. Usually its mental hunger rather than physical hunger. Your mind plays tricks on you. When you have dieted before have you noticed how often you think about food? All the time right….?

I usually take 4 juices sometimes 5. Good luck with it!

Greg DNo Gravatar August 10, 2011 at 2:53 am

I disagree with the statement ““Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know. Eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. Start moving and stop the excuses.” How many people really know anything about juice fasting? How many have done their homework on it? Not many. While drugs commercials rule the airways, nobody ever hears anything about the miracle of juice fasting. And it IS nothing short of a miracle.
I’ve experienced juice fasting for myself. In just 28 days, I lost over 30 pounds, normalized my blood pressure and cholesterol, got off all my medications, cured my depression, had vast amounts of energy and mental clarity, and empowered myself to change my whole way of living. You don’t get those results by just “eating more fruits and vegetables”. This is exactly the kind of downplaying that discourages people from making the kind of radical changes that really work to regain their health, and their faith in their own body’s ability to heal itself.

DanaNo Gravatar August 10, 2011 at 5:23 am

I’m dieting and I don’t spend all day thinking about food. Then again, I’m getting enough animal fat in my diet, so I’m not constantly hungry. In fact, I have to push myself to eat, as often as not.

We’re not meant to live on plant juice. We do not have the physiology to support it. What we ought to be eating is something more like the so-called Paleo diet and reducing unnecessary carbs (mostly sugars and starches) down to a level our bodies can tolerate.

If you have certain nutritional reserves topped up you can put up with juicing for a while. But eventually you will hurt yourself.

SueNo Gravatar August 12, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I have been juicing for 7 days now only cheating twice with half a penunt butter sandwich, and I have not seen any weight loss. I only want to lose 25-30 lbs so I am not expecting to see 10 lbs loss but something. What am I doing wrong? I drink a juice for breakfast and sip on some duing the morning and through the afternoon about 30 oz total then 16oz for dinner. I really like the fact I don’t get hungry that way.

AlessandraNo Gravatar August 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Sue, sometimes it takes awhile, esp if you are past 40. Your body is still doing healing and cleansing work…if you keep at it (do another 7 days with healthy eating breaks in between) it will happen. You just have to be patient. Also, be careful of yo-yoing…at first it can happen…..you have to eat well after juice fasting….not overeat, and not eat bad foods. If you slip…don’t beat yourself up…just figure out what happened, how you can get around that, and start again. I have been trying to be 100% raw for years now (personal decision) and while I have not been trying all that hard…I do keep coming back to it..and I keep learning more about myself and about how to do raw in a way that works for me…and my eating habits have changed alot. I now do not eat many of the things I used to eat…..rarely eat dairy or meat anymore, don’t eat pasta, pretty much only have sprouted grain bread……can give you lots of advice and show you websites I think you would really be interested in….let me know if you would like more info….I will get an email if you post a comment to this.

AlessandraNo Gravatar August 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm

And yes, I have lost weight., 20 pounds…got stressed…put it back on, ….lost 10 again,..still have another 10 to go….I was only about 20 pounds more than I like to be. I am 56.

AnnaNo Gravatar August 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Opus, with all due respect, I think you are dead wrong. After years of being told my weight was an issue of self-loathing and unresolved emotional issues, I found that it was neither. Once I quit eating processed ” food” and started eating REAL food — living, raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds — the weight fell off easily, quickly and without hunger. Obesity isn’t a mental disorder…it is the result of starving ourselves of nutrients while overfeeding ourselves with processed crap that our bodies don’t know what to do with. Funny how once I began feeding my body real food, it healed itself of the obesity and the emotional ” issues” disappeared.

MaryjaneNo Gravatar September 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I was wondering how much juice everyone is drinking a day. I was exposed to the 92 day juice feasting before seeing this movie and they suggest a minimum of a gallon of juice a day. First of all that is a lot of juicing and secondly it’s challenging to drink that much, so I’ve just been drinking enough to keep from being hungry. On day 8 so far so good. Felt a little sluggish the first few days but on day 8 now and going to do at least 10 and then like like Running on Juice said I’ll see how I feel and keep going. Down 4 1/2 lbs and would like to lose a total of 10.

AlessandraNo Gravatar September 12, 2011 at 2:30 am

Mary Jane….if you are doing fine on the amount of juice you are drinking….then it’s good. You should go by how you are feeling…that is a good rule of thumb. If what you are doing doesn’t feel good, then for you, it isn’t good. But since it sounds like you are doing just fine on less juice….then that is fine. However, if you need more energy, drink a bit more juice. I too have done the 92 day juice feast way…a gallon of juice a day…found that some days that was what I needed other days I needed less. I lasted 17 days…only stopped because I was tired of all of the work….or just my usual self sabotage…I was feeling great!

MaryjaneNo Gravatar September 13, 2011 at 5:26 am

Thanks Alessandra. I think I probably need to drink more just because I get hungry more frequently than I expected and others have said that after the first few days you shouldn’t be hungry. My energy level is fine but I’m not doing a lot of exercise or really physical stuff and I would like to start to add more of that. 17 days is a good attempt, I’m only on day 9 and have thought of quitting a few times, especially when I smell something really yummy and I miss coffee, but glad that I gave it up at the same time. Anyway thanks for the response, I appreciate the feeedback. Did you still ease back into solid food?

AlessandraNo Gravatar September 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

It does sound like you might need to drink a bit more juice. I just let my hunger dictate. It is best to ease back into eating, as the longer you cleanse the more of a shock to your system it would be if you were to just eat normally, eat cooked foods etc. The desire is there to eat….but you have to control it, and eat lightly. There is a real danger of doing a yo-yo thing with your weight and your food if you aren’t careful…which is hard on the body and the mind. So definitely, yes, ease back into solid food, esp amounts of food.

MarthaNo Gravatar September 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I saw the documentary and I love it. Can you tell me what brand or kind of juicer is better, because I started juicing today and my juicer does not give a lot of juice, but a lot of residue from the vegetables. thank you

JasonNo Gravatar September 21, 2011 at 5:07 am

@Martha Could you define a lot of juice? We have (my roommates, girlfriend, and I pitched in for) a good juicer and it’s indeed shocking how little juice you get but yet matches up perfectly with some recipes I’ve seen. For example, my girlfriend found a list of recipes that makes 16 oz. or 26 oz. of juice, and there’s quite a list of ingredients to put in. I’ve noticed that cucumber, tomato, and most fruits make up the bulk of the volume of the juice. But at the same time, the rest of the veggies don’t offer as much volume.

For our very first juice, we ended up using an entire bag of baby spinach thinking that we were supposed to have a substantial amount of juice from it. Man was that juice gross… haha!

Ron PayneNo Gravatar October 3, 2011 at 2:37 am

Wow! Great movie with even better information! Can you share what type of juicer that was used in the film? Too many on the market with too much hype on some of them!
Thanks

BrianNo Gravatar October 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Looked to me that the Juicer he was using in the film was a Breville. Not sure which model, I have the the one down from the top of the line. It works great for me,I think the top of the line model is more of a commercial use type. Twice the price of the one I bought anyway. Guess in the end it comes down to what you are prepared to pay.

MoukieNo Gravatar October 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Great Doc and it’s got me wanting to try juicing. I was wondering if I can just buy the Naked juices as the juice machines are so expensive and I just can’t afford to invest in one right now plus buy the fruits and veggies…Is it ok for me to try this using the various Naked Juices?

Jack BlackNo Gravatar October 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Lots of information floating around in here, and some of it is spot on and some of it isn’t that spot on. I would say, do not let your hunger dictate how much juice you are drinking. If you were to look up the caloric value of the Mean Green Juice, the one he drinks in the movie you would understand that it is only 200 calories. Drinking that 4 times a day nets only 800 calories, and most peoples caloric necessities of the day is about double that amount. So what are you going to do? Drink twice as much? I decided to simply throw a few more vegetables into the juicer of this recipe to up the value closer to 400 calories per quart of juice. The woman who said she is drinking about 46 oz. of juice a day is crazy, you should be drinking a minimum of 128 oz. (1 gallon) of juice a day. So if the recipe for the mean green juice is as follows, 4 stalks of celery, 1 cucumber, half a lemon, 6 stalks of kale, thumb size of ginger, and 2 tart apples…I simply add, another handful of parsley or spinach, 1 sweet potato (Simply the best thing you can juice, people in Africa have lived for centuries off king yams a derivative of the sweet potato), and about 4 carrots. This puts me much closer to my caloric needs for the day which is between 1600 – 2000, not counting the random fruit juices I make, like 8 apples or something, or 8 oranges. You need to consume more calories, that is probably why that woman isn’t dropping weight at all. Your body wants to shed excess fat, but to give it a reason to do so you need to provide it with enough calories and most importantly quality calories. Look at what chimpanzees eat, they are omnivores just like us and their diet consists of maybe 2 – 5% meat, and the rest comes from eating fruits and vegetables they find in the forest and the majority of their fat comes from seeds, etc.

Running On JuiceNo Gravatar November 8, 2011 at 8:19 am

I have now lost a total of 70lbs in under 2 years by juicing and exercise.

I know for those who watch FS&ND the world of juicing can seem daunting. I decided to write a FREE Juicing Starter Guide to accompany my running on juice blog.

Its available on the link above for free, along with a short video of my story.

KNo Gravatar November 11, 2011 at 7:34 am

I put on weight gradually over the last 8 years to get from my normal weight of 210 – 200 lbs to my current weight of over 400 lbs. I am over 40. I finally just got sick of the health issues, the cost of the amount of food I was eating, and of how I felt.

I got a Breville Juicer and have been juicing for 10 days now (as of tonight). Nothing but around 32 – 48 oz of fresh, organic fruit and vegetable juice per day. The only time I cheated was on the 3rd day I had an organic avocado.

After about the 4th day I felt great and was no longer hungry at all. I have lots of energy and need only 5 – 6 hours of sleep per day.

The only thing strange is I was expecting to lose weight, but I don’t seem to be losing any. Only 5 pounds after 10 days and most of that was in the first few days.

I plan on going for 30 days and then i plan on juice fasting for the first 15 days of every month after that. I cannot believe how great I feel and how easy it is once you get past the first 4 days. I just hope all the excess weight starts coming off.

AlessandraNo Gravatar November 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Moukie….Naked Juices will not work as they are heated…so not raw. If you can’t afford a juicer (though a Juiceman is a good first juicer), make green smoothies. Do a green smoothie fast. I make mine with oranges (2) bananas (2) kiwi (2), 3–4 leaves of kale (I use the lacinato/dino kale) and 3-4 handfuls of mixed salad greens…with enough water to blend….to make…put in the oranges first, then the kiwi, then the banana…chopped into chunks…..chop the kale into 1 inch pieces, throw in, add 1-2 cups of water…blend…then add the salad greens and blend til it’s all quite smooth. I have a Hamilton Beach Wave Maker Blender…ordered it from the HB website…works well. You can add hemp seed for protein and flax or hemp oil for EFA’s to them….tasty and oh so good for you.

AlessandraNo Gravatar November 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm

K you definitely need to drink more juice…minimum of 4 quarts of juice per day. What you are doing is starvation, and is not sustainable…Your body holds onto everything it gets when it doesn’t get enough……drink more juices and make them green juices…and the weight will come off.

SaraNo Gravatar November 22, 2011 at 5:57 am

I am 23 5′8″ and 232 pounds. Every time I get into a relationship I gain weight because I am comfortable. I do not like any veggies I have researched recipes that have fruit with vegetables hopefully it covers the flavor enough. Does any one know of a cover taste. I am nervous because my spouse isn’t doing this with me so I will still have to cook for him and grocery shop (this is part of our arrangement). Does any one have a good way so I will not deter from this diet and still take care of my man? I have never done the juice fast although I am planning on a 4 week course to start out. I have to lose at least 60 lbs to help bring my confidence in life up. I hope this fasting will help me feel and look extraordinary. I’m extremely confident in this change of life style, and really hope for the best.

Alli HindsNo Gravatar December 5, 2011 at 7:27 am

I was fortunate to see this documentary while visiting my sister in California. My sister I decided that we would try it for ten days

PhillNo Gravatar January 18, 2012 at 4:13 am

I started juicing on Jan 1st and will be doing so all the way until the end of Jan unless I hit my goal weight first.

So far (18th of Jan) I’ve lost 7.4kg (14.8 pounds) and have gone down 3 belt sizes. I’m now only 5kg off my goal weight and pretty sure I’ll hit that by the end of the month.

It definitely works. Some days are harder than others but just stick with it.

My quick tips:

* Drink at *least* 2 litres of water on top of your juicing every day.
* Juice as much green vegetables as you can – aim for a 60-70% green vegetables and the rest fruit as often as you can. Drinking purely sweet fruit juices will load you up on sugar and reverse the weight loss.
* Always, always, always add some ginger and or 1/2 a lemon to the green juices as it significantly helps to reduce their bitter aftertaste.
* Get plenty of sleep and do some light exercise.
* When hungry – drink juice. The amount needed will vary from day to day.
* Remember that weight measurements only matter from week to week. Measuring daily is fine but it’s quite possible for weight to go up on a daily basis even though you are losing weight each week.
* Review your goal every day – why you are doing this.

Most Importantly: you should spend AT LEAST as much time planning how you will change your diet after you come off juicing as you did when you prepared to start juicing.

If you come off the juice fast and go straight back to a carb, saturated fat diet with lots of soda and deserts you’re going to put that weight on faster than you took it off.

If you want to be healthy and trim for the rest of your life then you will need a major diet overhaul. Study the 4-Hour Body, Paleo and Low Cab diets and find something that you can work with. Exercise portion control and move regularly.

Remember: losing weight is not the goal. Keeping that weight off permanently is.

KimNo Gravatar January 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

How do you get your protein?? I had gastric bypass surgery 4 years ago, I lost 100 lbs, the first year after surgery and have recently started to put on a few pounds, overall, I just want to FEEL better, I am sluggish, tired and dont every sleep well. However, this surgery requires us to have alot of proten in our diets. Any suggestions on how we can get good amounts of protein in a juice program?

Fran CharlesNo Gravatar February 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

After I watched the documentary I started the next day. Only after I ate the 2 slices of meatloaf I had left over. Two days later I have lost 2.2 lbs. I was very depressed the day I started. Today I have more energy than I have had in 3 months. I’ll keep going, I now weigh 176.2 lbs. Hope I can keep going, I’m excited about this.

AnnaNo Gravatar February 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm

FWIW, after years of buying Oprah’s assertion that I had a deep seated emotional problem that fueled my obesity, I found that once I started juicing and embraced a vegan lifestyle with minimal processed food, the weight just fell off. Furthermore – gasp! – there were no hidden emotional issues. For me, it was ALL about the food — about the quality of the nutrients I took in (or didn’t) – NOT about the quantity or time of day or unresolved childhood issues.

I don’t believe for a nanosecond that most obese people are fat because of an inability to cope with emotions. Maybe some, but hardly 50-60% of the population. I do believe that the insidious fat-sugar-salt in processed foods become addictive in much the same way that alcohol or drugs do. The food industry spends millions of dollars to insure that they do exactly that.

Overeating is the body’s way of trying anything it can do to find some nutrients. Once we give it what it really needs – true nourishment — and quit filling it with toxic (albeit tasty) processed non-food, it loses the impulse to overeat.

That’s been my experience.

JulieNo Gravatar February 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Tomorrow will be my last day of my 30 day juice fast. I can’t believe I stuck to it for so long! I never stick to anything! But I was ready to do something…I felt tired, slept terrible, had continual sinus problems.
In 30 days, I’ve lost just over 20 pounds. I’m very proud of this, and I feel awesome! It has made me realize that I don’t need to eat poorly to feel satisfied. The juice satisfies me completely. I will start back to eating with light amounts of veggies and fruits. I’m truly nervous about eating again, but feel confident in my will power now to eat the right things.
What intrigued me to do this journey, is the fat, sick and nearly dead documentary. I am grateful for the experiences shared on this show. It has lead me to a healthy experience myself, and I feel great!!

LesleyNo Gravatar March 11, 2012 at 9:03 am

It works Dana but most other diets don’t.I know,I’ve tried them all.There is protein in a lot of veges Kim and Iron,especially in dark green veges.

Marsha B.No Gravatar April 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I watched this and also “Forks Over Knives” with Netflix. Both are very good. What I didn’t do is write down the combination of foods you start the 7 days with. Don’t remember any of the combination of foods, so can anyone out there help me. Can’t even find any receipts for a juicer. Just ordered my juicy, hasn’t come yet. Our family doctor told us about this way of losing weight and wanted us to try it. Thank for any help you can give me.

Callie ann HansonNo Gravatar November 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

we are starting on this juicing thing this week some and next week some and a trip in the middle…january will be full time…juice on baby…so that is what is going on here.

AlbyNo Gravatar February 12, 2013 at 2:13 am

Sooo im day two of my juicing fast and… prior to this I had already been on a diet for like 3 weeks….and ive noticed that While juicing…im not that hungry at all. Today Ive only have had the juice twice and its 8pm already. I was wondering… if I should drink 3times a day even if im not hungry. Or just listen to my body and drink only when hungry. I just want to make sure i get enough nutrients in my body and not starve it even though im not hungry.

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