In case you have not seen the documentary fat sick and nearly dead, it is the story of a guy named Joe Cross who goes on a 60 day long juice fast, what that involves is having nothing but freshly juiced vegetable and fruit juices and water so the fat sick and nearly dead diet is essentially a juice fast or a juice cleanse.
Is it safe?
The thing to remember is that everyone’s body is different so what is safe for one person may not necessarily be safe for someone else. Joe consulted doctors and dietitians before and during his month long fast where they performed blood tests and other checks and balances to ensure that he was not in any danger. If you plan on undergoing a juice fast I recommend you do the same.
What are the effects?
First thing that Joe noticed was a dramatic loss in weight and also his health improved exponentially. He had a rare skin condition/auto immune condition that resulted in nasty rashes. He had to take medication daily to treat this and just like all pharmaceuticals, they come with the added bonus of nasty side effects (often the side effects will out weigh the condition originally being treated).
Joe managed to lose weight, he got himself off the pills and his skin condition went away all by loading his body with micro nutrients and cutting out toxins from processed foods. In the words of Hippocrates “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” or in this situation it would be more accurate to say;
Let Juice Be Thy Medicine And Medicine Be Thy Juice
These are his astonishing results;
After 49 days, he lost 67 pounds (30 kg), his total cholesterol dropped from 204 to 135 and his LDL cholesterol went from 132 to 86. By day 61, Cross lost 82 pounds and decreased his medicine dosage. After drinking juice for the first 60 days, he lost 100 pounds and reported a complete loss of his urticaria symptoms. Source
Here is a diet that incorporates juice fasting and other methods to lose weight quickly and effectively, check out the video below to find out more;
How To Do A Juice Fast
#1: Set a Goal: Although experienced fasters can do juice fasting for as long as three weeks, it is recommended that you complete a short fast (three days) especially if you are a beginner. If you do plan a long fast please consult your doctor first!
#2: Go Grocery Shopping: Or go shopping at a farmers market, for a juice cleanse, it is important (but not mandatory) that you stock up organic and fresh produce, free from pesticides. Additionally, since juice fast requires you to drink lots of water, stock some good quality spring water too. Or invest in a quality water filter.
#3: Purchase a good Juicer: Investing in a good juicer will not only allow you to obtain the maximum juice from your fruit but will also help you save effort and time for preparation and cleanup. Always buy a juicer that has only a few parts to assemble and dissemble and is at least of 700 watts. Also don’t go cheap as you will be using it every day and a cheap one just won’t handle regular use.
#4: Plan your Juice Diet Fast: Timing can play a vital role in a juice fast. For fasting, choose days that can give you ample time in the mornings to prepare your juices. Avoid choosing days that require you to remain energetic all day.
#1: Drink Juice As Much As You Can: Don’t go crazy but keep in mind that drinking juice throughout the day is vital during a juice cleanse as it not only helps cleanse your body, but also helps the body receive essentials nutrients for proper functioning. Ensure that you drink at least four to five servings of juice a day. In addition, ensure that you drink plenty of water when on a juice cleanse. Drinking water will not only help flush toxins from your body and help rehydrate after elimination, but will also keep your hunger at bay by helping you to feel full.
#2: Do some light exercises: Doing simple exercises when on a juice fast helps divert your minds attention of any hunger symptoms and also help stimulate the digestive system. Walking is the best recommendation, get some sunlight while you’re at it.
#3: Remove waste from your system: Bowel movements can help get rid of built-up toxins in the colon naturally. Drinking warm lime water with little honey in the morning works beneficially in helping stimulate bowel movements. Think of your fast like having a natural enema.
Benefits of Juice Fast
Allows Maximum Detoxification: Juice cleanse or juice fast is a detox diet that provides the body vital nutrients like anti- inflammatory,anti-oxidants and all sorts of vitamins, minerals and flavonoids. This helps support the different phases of the natural detox process and help flush the cumulative toxins stored in the body, allowing maximum detoxification.
Lose Weight: A juice fast diet is not only naturally low in calories and also helps a dieter control his or her appetite and cravings. As a result, it not only helps a person lose weight naturally, but also makes feel better and more energetic.
Provide the body with Super Nutrition: As mentioned above drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices helps provide the body with all minerals, vitamins and the important phytonutrients (micronutrients) that are powerhouses for healing and clean-up process. This is far superior to vitamin and mineral supplements in the respect that the naturally occurring nutrients come ready with the enzymes needed to absorb said nutrients. Drinking raw juices also helps retain the nutrients that can otherwise be destroyed by cooking. The amount of produce you can drink will far surpass the amount you can eat so just think of how much nutrients your body is getting!
Relieve Physical Conditions: Practicing a juice fast not only helps you feel better, but also helps relieve chronic symptoms such as rashes, bloating, cramping, headaches, general aches and congested chest and sinuses. As you see in fat sick and nearly dead, Joe was able to cure his skin condition and get off the meds!
Encourages eating Healthy: Juice fasting focuses on drinking fresh produce every few hours. This encourages the dieter to eat healthy food and reduce his addiction for harmful foods.
Watch The Whole Documentary Below
Fat Sick And Nearly Dead Recipes
Joe’s Favorite Juice Recipe
4 Stalks of celery
A handful of kale
half a lemon
A piece of ginger about the size of half of your thumb (depending on how much you like ginger). More recipes like this can be found in Joe’s book; 101 juice recipes found on amazon as well as the juicer from the movie.
Some More Popular Juicing Recipes;
5 stalks of celery
About half a thumb sized piece of fresh turmeric,
This is quite a sweet juice and will help balance the ph of your body, the turmeric will add a myriad of health benefits!
1 fresh beetroot (just the root, add in stalk and leaves if you want)
5 stalks of celery
a couple sprigs of mint
Both the beetroot and carrots are high in antioxidants, beta carotene to be exact
about a thumb sized piece of ginger.
All of these juice recipes will help boost your immune system but this particular recipe contains ginger which has the added benefit of being a natural antibiotic..
Fat sick and nearly dead diet dangers
There are a few things to watch out for, when you are juicing fruit and vegetables you are taking out all or most of the fibre and there is very little protein in fruit and vegetables, one way around this for the fibre is to consume Psyllium Husks.
As for the protein, the amount required depends on a lot of variables, how active you are, how much muscle mass you have etc. If you are a person that requires a lot of protein but still wish to undergo a juice fast you could supplement with green protein powders such as hemp or pea protein.
Alternatively you could try sprouted brown rice protein. I do not recommend whey protein as they normally have a lot of nasty additives and are just not that good for which really defeats the purpose of going on a fast in the first place. Another option would be to go on a shorter fast, just a couple of days or perhaps a week as opposed to a month long fast as shown in the documentary shown above.
Normally the juice cleanse will consist of 80 percent vegetable and 20 percent fruit, so the fruit should give you enough carbohydrates to keep you going (depending on your requirements)
When on a detox diet (any detox) in the first couple of days you will notice cold and flu like symptoms, headaches etc. This is quite normal, what is happening is your body will be burning fat very quickly, the body stores a lot of your toxins in your fat cells so when your body is burning a lot of fat all at once all the toxins are being released into your blood stream. The severity of this depends on how unhealthy you were in the first place and how extreme your detox is. If at any stage the symptoms become too severe you should stop and seek medical advice.