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Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet

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Fat sick and nearly dead diet, is a juice diet based on a documentary film released in 2010.

The Film: Fat Sick and Nearly Dead

“Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” is an amazingly inspirational film that follows the weight loss journeys of main character Joe Cross and Phil Staples.

This is a must watch movie for anyone who is wanting to lose weight. And actually for anyone who wants to get inspired! The movie is not just about a juice fast diet, but about two men facing their uncomfortable problems and taking consistent action.

The main character Joe Cross is not only 100 pounds overweight, but he has been suffering from an autoimmune disease that causes rashes all over his body for the last 9 years.

Phil Staples is a truck driver that Joe comes across at a truck stop, who is even more obese at 429 pounds, who eventually calls Joe for help.

In the movie, both Joe and Phil visit their doctors in the very beginning to get an initial checkup, then get periodic testing to monitor their conditions.

Joe even carries around his juicer in his car to make his own juice.

The first few days are the worst for both, since the change is mentally difficult and their bodies are detoxing. However, after the initial period, they both seem to be adjusting to the fast and even feeling good.

After 60 days of juice fasting, Joe loses 82 pounds, is feeling energetic, looking very handsome, and eventually he is completely off his meds.

The story about Phil is also absolutely amazing. Just in the first 5 days, he loses 17 pounds. By the end of his 61-day juice fast, he loses 95 pounds and he continues to lose weight, losing a total of 202 pounds after 10 months.

His dedication and success get noticed by people around him, and he inspires his brother and the people in the community to try the juice fast and actually lose weight.

How Much Weight Did They Lose?

Here are the results of their weight loss journeys.

Joe Cross
Starting weight:309 pounds/140 kg
Ending weight:227 pounds/103 kg
Weight lost:82 pounds/37 kg
Length of juice fast:60 days

Phil Staples
Starting weight:429 pounds/195 kg
Weight after 61 days of juice fast:334 pounds/151 kg
Weight lost after 61 days of juice fast:95 pounds/43 kg
Weight after 10 months:227 pounds/103 kg
Weight lost after 10 months:202 pounds/92 kg

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet

In the film, the diet is basically a pure juice fast. In other words, the only thing you consume is juice made from fresh vegetables and fruits.

If this sounds too daunting to you, Joe Cross’s blog website lists some other variations of the juice fast including a short weekend juice fast, or a combination of a juice fast and eating solid foods.

During the juice fast, you can drink the juice 4-6 times per day, 16-20 ounces for each juice.

Recommended combinations are 80% vegetables and 20% fruits.

Caffeine is not allowed during the diet, in order to give your body a break.

Pros of the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet

  • You will most likely see very fast results.
  • You will detox your body and become healthier.
  • You will feel energized through consuming lots of nutrients.
  • Juicing is easy and anyone can do it.

Cons of the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet

  • The first few days will feel horrible.
  • Some individuals may experience nutrient deficiency if juice fasting is done for too long.
  • Any extreme diet has a high risk of rebound weight gain. Make sure you do not go back to your old way of eating.


Watch the movie! It is extremely motivational.

If you take prescription medications, make sure to check with a doctor first to see if juice fasting will be safe for you.

If you are looking to do a pure juice fast for an extended period, you should probably have a doctor check your condition periodically.

Have a strategy in place for maintaining your weight after the diet. You cannot go back to your old ways before the diet. You need to change your diet and exercise routine, and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Quote in the Film by Joe Cross

“I’ve gone from someone who knew to someone who’d do.”


Fat Sick and Nearly Dead movie
Joe Cross’s blog
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead on Facebook
Juicer used in the film

Watch Joe Cross Make the Mean Green Juice from the Movie



Tips from Joe Cross

Tip 1

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Mean Green Juice Recipe

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16 Responses to Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Diet

  1. michael taylor Reply

    March 1, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Just starting day one today. Was inspired by your video and I also a trucker, with Phil.

    • Gina Crawford Reply

      March 6, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      We started on Feb 29, so we are one day ahead of you! I had bad headaches second day but now feel great!

  2. Daniela Reply

    March 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I love the movie and tried it out for about 2 weeks. My husband, while supportive, did not participate. It wasn’t easy and really hard during day 3, but afterwards it got easier. I feel a lot better, have more energy, and lost about 6 pounds.

  3. Kellie Reply

    March 10, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Hi I am just starting now I am in a wheel chair and can’t execise but I want to to this I want to lose weight about 30kgs in whole does in matter that I can’t execise I do have a vibration machine from cardio tech that I use everyday for 20mins can someone tell me please.

  4. Dillon Reply

    March 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

    hey i think what you guys are doing is awesome im seventeen and plan on doing the 10 day fast thanks for the inspiration

  5. Charmaine Cruickshank Reply

    March 13, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Hey Jo, Love you work. Just a quick question regarding your juicing. I already juice but I add water and mix a lot of the pulp of the fruit and veges in, as I feel I don’t won’t to waste any of those nutritious foods. Should I not do this and just get the plain juice? Please advise
    Kind regards Charmaine

    • Tiffany from FastSlimBody Reply

      March 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Charmaine,

      This website is not associated with Joe or his movie. To answer your question, it depends. Most of the nutrients will be in the juice, but all the fiber will be in the pulp. Since we all need fiber and it would be shame to throw all the fiber away, it is certainly better to make some use of the pulp. There are some creative solutions available on the internet. But from a pure juicing perspective as shown in the movie, you don’t need to use the pulp.

      Hope that was helpful.

  6. Alex Reply

    March 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    In the movie there were other juices that you and Phil drank. Where can we get those recipes and still be in line with the juice fast reboot? Please advise.

    • Tiffany from FastSlimBody Reply

      March 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Hi Alex,

      This website is not associated with Joe or his movie. Unfortunately I don’t have an answer to your question, but you may be able to get an answer on Joe’s website (www.rebootwithjoe.com).


  7. lyn Reply

    March 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    As all of you i was also inspired by the movie, so i started this and lost 10lb. i was at 220 then but i stopped and i ate chicken with mashed potatoes one night at dinner the next day I felt horrible. not guilty horrible physically horrible. I started doing this again because who wants to walk around feeling bloated. and sick .

    • brandy Reply

      March 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      How long did it take you to lose the ten pounds?

  8. Myrna Reply

    November 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

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    on the topic of this webpage, this webpage is really remarkable.

  9. Joe The Juicer Reply

    November 30, 2013 at 7:13 am

    A truly amazing blog post and, in many ways, better than my own! It’s certainly true that Phil Staples continues to lose weight and is almost at the stage where he will consider himself a healthy human being. What a great step forward from where he was in 2010. This is an inspiration to us all!

  10. Annie Reply

    December 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Is it safe to only drink the V8 fusion ?

  11. vitamix juicer at walmart Reply

    September 28, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    You will continue to have bowel movements during your fast and it
    is normal to wonder how. I’m not going to talk about the more extreme juice fast diets, though.
    A juicer is conical-shaped kitchen utensil used for squeezing, or extracting, juice
    from various foods, especially fruits and vegetables, for the purpose of drinking or adding flavor too other foods.

  12. Cameron Ree Reply

    January 7, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Hey Joe;

    just watched your 2nd film last night.

    have not watched your first one yet.

    Went out and bought a juicer today. tonight after dinner, my 17yr old elite hockey playing son and I made our first drink;

    1 celery stalk
    1 orange with peel
    4 strawberries
    1 banana
    4 large kale leaves

    we both agreed that while the juice appearance made us very skeptical, we were very impressed with the taste and how we felt an hour later!

    While we are both very fit, our diet is only so/so.

    This will be a game changer and will give my son a terrific base to work from as he goes off to live on his own and have his own family.

    Joe…you are awesome! keep it up.


    Cam (Otter Lake BC Canada)

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