Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead Shocks, Scares, and Inspires

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Americans spent about $40 million last year on weight-loss products. If you count the rest of the world, that jumps to about $60 billion.

Let's hope the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead will change those numbers a bit.

The reason we spend so much money on diet books, weight-loss supplements, and diet plans is simple: We want a magical solution to our weight problem. But regardless of all the hoopla that the weight-loss industry shoves down your throat, weight loss has always been achieved through one simple equation: calories you eat < calories you burn = weight loss.

I say this somewhat glibly, as if I were completely immune to the snake oil salesmen, but I too have spent my hard-earned money on Ripped Fuel, sweatsuits, Xenadrine, fat belts, and so forth. And you know what? The only time I lost real weight was when I cut my calorie intake to less than those I burned. After years of living on a weight-loss roller coaster, thanks to Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, I now have hope.

Joe Cross, a somewhat annoying Australian, was a 300-plus pound sick guy, relying on daily medication, who was the image of a heart attack waiting to happen. Until he rebooted. The guy packed up a juicer and a generator and traveled across the United States, consuming his calories solely through juices for 60 days. It's obvious the road-trip aspect -- in which he stops in several U.S. cities and talks to Americans about their eating habits, weight-loss stories, and overall health -- is a marketing ploy; that is what makes Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead a "movie." But despite this, you cannot deny the truth in this film.



Cross drinks juices made from apples, celery, beets, spinach, ginger root, and basically a myriad of fruits and vegetables that provide his body with all the nutrients he needs -- if not all the calories. When the film starts, he looks like an albino beached whale in his late 50s. By the end of the film, he looks like Richard Gere's younger brother. The key is nutrient-dense calories.

Even though this is Cross's movie, an American trucker he encounters on the road ends up stealing the show. Phil weighs 429 pounds when we meet him and can barely walk. The film ends with Phil less than half that weight and throwing a football around with his son.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead does not try to sell you on lies. No one claims juicing is easy. No one says you won't be hungry or cranky for the first week or two. No one says you will lose all the weight you want without a lick of exercise. The film sells you on that basic equation: calories you eat < calories you burn = weight loss.

You can get the film through Netflix.

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15 comments
bugmei
bugmei

It is an infomercial for that matter. duh. but I'm willing to try the juice cleanse. I just had a 160z juice blend and I feel so full. Btw, I bought a 49$ juicer off amazon. Don't wanna buy the Breville that is the main reason why they did this movie anyway.

Antonio Jaramillo
Antonio Jaramillo

I gotta admit that the documentary inspired me. I even told a bunch of family members about it.  I'm not overweight, but felt like a "good cleansing" would be beneficial to my lack of energy. 

However, when I went to Joe Cross' website, I was highly disappointed that the whole thing is an infomercial for Breville. I am very skeptical now, and even if the fast works, I will purposely NOT buy a Breville; just because feel used.

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HOOBIE777
HOOBIE777

OOOO AND DIDNT BUY THE JUICE THEY PROOTED    JUST BOUGHT A 30.00 ONE AT WALMART.IT WORKS JUST FINE

Kfimbers
Kfimbers

Thanks for the tip about the Walmart juicer. I want to start this juice fast but the prices of the typical juicers are out of my price range. Can't wait to start! Thanks again!

HOOBIE777
HOOBIE777

I STARTED THE FAST ON FRIDAY AND IT IS TUESDAY AND I LOST 7 POUNDS  I EVEN ATE OUT ON SUNDAY ( HAD GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD)  BUT I FEEL SO GOOD. I  STARTED WALKING AGAIN   I HAVE BEEN WALKING OFF AND ONE   BUT I WALKED THE OTHER DAY AND I MADE IT UP THIS ONE HILL THE GIVES ME FITS. I DID LIKE IT WAS NOTHING. MY ANKLE NORMALLY HURT AND BURN BUT NOW THEY DONT.  I HOPE TO LOSE MORE.  I HAVE ABOUT 100 POUND TO LOSE.  I HAVE SO MUCH ENERGY.  I FEEL GREAT.

Ily Goyanes
Ily Goyanes

Congrats, man! I am slowly transitioning from foods to juices. I have cut down on meals and am drinking homemade juices. I also feel a lot more energy.

SickCaneFan
SickCaneFan

This is obviously an infomercial, since Cross company manufactures and promotes Breville, the australian brand of juicer in the movie.  However, you cannot deny the profound effect fasting on juices had on these men.  This movie is chronical video proof of their transformation, it does not sugar coat how difficult it is to get through the inital withdrawls of hunger. I found it inspiring.   

Bruja4ever
Bruja4ever

What a wise child!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I was born on a diet and the word diet should be associated with BAD words.  The only way to loose and maintain is to eat health, small portions AND exercise our tukus off AND once we have accomplished nervana, then we can eat jummy food once in a while.  There! PROBLEM SOLVED.

Pamperedjen
Pamperedjen

yep it's not a diet. It's a juice fast. 

Swimpegasus
Swimpegasus

Spoiler alert!!! But I will definitely watch it

Healthy Reader
Healthy Reader

Has this been researched by doctors? The trucker obviously benefited from juicing. At 429, he was headed to a stroke or heart attack. But people who have Diabetes need to consult a doctor so they don't fall into a low sugar coma, which can lead to all sorts of medical chaos, even death. Juicing sounds like the solution for people who have lost all hope of losing weight. I would not do it in that case. Muscles need protein. But hey, if a person's physician gives his blessings, then go for it, but get it in writing, in case there will ever be a lawsuit. Personally, I think it's just another diet fad. But I love articles like these. Thanks.  

Pamperedjen
Pamperedjen

NOT a diet. It's a "reboot" Juice fast. You can do for 10 days or 60 days like these men.. but definitely have to remember if you go back to eating junk instead of eating more fruits and vegetables (what's so "faddy" about that??) then you will gain weight back. It's not a miracle magical solution. It's nutritional common sense. 

Pamperedjen
Pamperedjen

I watched the movie last night and I think it was pretty clear that doctors blessing is a must especially if you have any type of medical condition. Both men went through testing before starting. And Phil's brother couldn't jump right into it either. If you watch the movie you will see why. 

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