Joe Cross’ documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead has been out for a few years now and according to his website, has convinced a large number of people of his crazy scheme. I might almost be close to convinced, but everything he said must be taken with a gran of salt. There is no magic pill to weight loss, there is no simple trick that will instantly change a person's body shape or instantly force someone to follow a healthy lifestyle. What makes it easy for snake oil salesmen is that there is a massive market of people desperate for that magic fix. I'm clearly one of them: I don't like to eat vegetables, I like sweet and fatty foods, and I'm a chronic over eater. If someone was offering a magic way for me to completely change the direction of my eating habits, I'm going to at least listen.
The documentary has two parts; the first one follows Joe on his juice fast and the second follows Phil Staples, an overweight truck driver Joe met on his cross-country trip who later reached out to Joe for help. Both of these examples show the men losing a substantial amount of weight over the course of their 60-day juice fast but there are a few factors to consider when looking at these cases. Both Joe and Phil’s juice fasts happen when neither of them lived a normal life. They didn’t go to work, they didn’t have families to deal with, or people to cook for. They did their juice fast and nothing else. They had plenty of time for exercise and lots of room to avoid influences that may have tempted them to drift from their extreme diets.Read More