The idea for this post came to mind after my previous post talked about NBA player Andrew Bogut. The Australian center has recently returned to the league this month and is noticeably thinner, which he credits to drinking more beer while he was back in his home country.
That got me to thinking – is this an anomaly, or are there other cases where someone attributes their weight loss to beer consumption? Ironically, one such story is making the news right now as a man from Ohio has gone on a “beer only” diet for Lent, and you’d be surprised at the results.
Man Loses 25 Pounds on Beer Only Diet
This story comes to us from this feature by USAToday.com, which goes into detail on Del Hall, a director of sales at Fifty West Brewing in Cincinnati, Ohio. While there are many that follow the religious observance of Lent by cutting out unhealthy habits, Hall decided to go in a completely different direction with what he was giving up this year.
His plan was to spend Lent “using beer as his only calorie intake.” He cites that it is what monks used to do back in the 1600s, and for him, it was not necessarily about weight loss, and it was more about the challenge of trying to recreate what the monks did, as well as breaking his addiction to food. He looks at it as a sort of fasting, and explains that fasting “is a big part of being human and we don’t really do that anymore.”
Before you think he is crazy for going through with this (OK, you can still think that), he says that he got the OK from his doctor, provided that he take a multivitamin daily to get the nutrition that he is lacking in solely beer consumption.
Will It Work For You?
I have to admit that I’m a little bit jealous of Del Hall, because doing nothing but drinking beer sounds like a dream. On the other hand, it also sounds like a nightmare. Obviously, there are plenty of calories in beer to reach your appropriate amount of caloric intake. Personally, however, I feel like I would be starving without any food in my belly. Not to mention that you will be robbed from so many essential vitamins and minerals, which I suppose is combated with the daily multivitamin, but still, you could agree that this isn’t the healthiest way to go.
While it is admirable what he is doing – he’s living the dream, truly – there are a lot of healthier ways to lose weight. Cut down your calories and make sure the calories you do eat are made up of nutrient-rich foods. Add a consistent exercise routine into your schedule. For a little extra boost, add a diet pill (I recommend PhenQ) to your routine to give your metabolism a kick. That’s the formula for healthy weight loss!
I’m curious to see how Hall reacts once Lent is over. Will he go back to his old ways? Is he going to be able to keep the weight off? Will this fasting period break his food addiction, or is it just a minor interruption of his habits? I hope they do a follow-up on his story!