Bestselling author Joe Konrath goes on a beer fast for thirty days to lose weight.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Day 2 - Part 1

I slept well. Woke up at six. I'm hungry, but not any moreso than any other morning.

No hangover whatsoever. No headache. No stomachache.

Stool report

Loose, as expected. Not much there. Dunno if I'm still processing my last meal, or if this is truly a product of only beer.

To Do Today

I have to workout in a few hours. I've decided to hold off on drinking my first beer of the day until after the workout. At some point I will have to drink a few before I exercise, if only to see what happens, but today I'm going to play it safe.

Our bathroom is being remodeled, and I need to do some minor fix-up stuff. Will have to squeeze that in.

Must write! If I don't get 3000 words done today I'm in trouble.


Random Thoughts

Weird to not have to floss.

I'm really unhappy with my double chin. I hate to shave, mostly because it's a pain in the ass, but if I shaved every day I bet I never would have allowed myself to get this fat. I'm not vain in the least, but since I lost my beard I don't recognize that obese guy in the mirror.

Watching video of myself in my underwear is something I should have done years ago. Seeing yourself in the mirror isn't the same as seeing yourself on a monitor. It may sound ridiculous, but I really didn't believe I was this heavy until I started this diet and saw the pictures.

It was about a year ago when I realized I fit better in 2XL shirts rather than the XL I'd been wearing for the last decade. Back in 2002 I wore L. Now, looking at my closet, I've got so many shirts I haven't worn in years, or even decades. I think it might be fun to try some on now, shoot some video, and see how they'll fit at the end of the diet.

On Thursday I'm going to visit the Three Floyds brewery. They're one of my favorite brewers, and it will fun to talk to the brewmasters about beer. Back in the day, before my writing career took over my life, I used to homebrew. Like all new brewers, I started with extracts, but later graduated to full grain and mashing my own barley. I still have a fridge in the basement with some moldy old cornelius kegs in it. Might be fun to brew again after all these years.

There seem to be a lot of people who are concerned for my health. Is what I'm doing really that dangerous? Fat is stored energy. That's why we have it. If I'm not getting enough sustenance my body will burn fat to keep me going. Isn't that how it is supposed to work?

Gotta get ready for my workout. More later today...

16 comments:

  1. Hey Joe, A couple questions...

    How much beer were you drinking on average before you started this diet? Do you need to be concerned about driving during this diet?

    Also, have you given any consideration on what you'll do if the diet works well? Will you somehow modify it in order to keep going through the rest of your life without gaining the pounds back?

    P.S. Thanks again for your stuff on Newbies Guide--it literally gave me my life back. On track to make somewhere between $8k to $10 k this month if things continue on as they have been. Between that and some stuff my wife and I do as a writing team, I'm making a very good living off epub. All thanks to you my friend. Am really enjoying this experiment!!!

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  2. P.S. Have you seen this guy yet? Did the all beer diet for 46 days...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qoh0JLNCGwY

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  3. @gniz - Congrats on your ebook success!

    How much beer were you drinking on average before you started this diet?

    Probably more than I'm drinking while on the diet.

    Do you need to be concerned about driving during this diet?

    Wife and cameraman drive me around after I've had my first beer of the day.

    Also, have you given any consideration on what you'll do if the diet works well?

    Write a book, do talk shows, get sued by morons who try to emulate me and wind up hurting themselves.

    Will you somehow modify it in order to keep going through the rest of your life without gaining the pounds back?

    If this works, and I'm healthy at the end of it, I can see doing this a few days a month in order to maintain. So far it isn't too hard. I know it's only been a day and a half, but I'm not hungry, I'm mentally alert, and I'm feeling pretty good.

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  4. I think you should at least add pickled eggs and Slim Jims to the mix.

    Seriously, though, extreme diets simply don't work. Think about it. Weight loss is a billion dollar industry in this country, yet we keep getting fatter and fatter. And this diet is worse than most, because the alcohol is actually leeching nutrients from your body. It's like intentionally sabotaging your health, Joe, and nothing's worth that. I say quit before you do yourself irreparable harm. Your personal trainer, along with a diet based on mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, is the way to go.

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  5. Joe; I love your approach to publishing. Now, with your beer diet blog, I am even more of a groupie! I don't plan to do the beer diet, at least not the no food part, but I do look forward to sampling a fellow beer snob's cuisine selections. More importantly you think outside the box and inspire me to do the same. Thank you!

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  6. Weight loss is a billion dollar industry in this country, yet we keep getting fatter and fatter.

    Except in very rare conditions, obesity is directly linked to taking in more calories than you burn. That comes down to self control.

    Our bodies are designed to crave calories and store them as fat, for use as energy when times are tough. But there are no longer any tough times. There are two McDonalds within walking distance of my house, and I'm out in the burbs.

    I wouldn't call this an extreme diet. I'd call this a calorie restricted fast. That boils down to self-control, which I do have when I decide to apply myself.

    A diet of fruits and vegetables would make me hate life. So far this diet is fun. And ultimately doesn't it all come down to fun?

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  7. A diet of fruits and vegetables would make me hate life. So far this diet is fun. And ultimately doesn't it all come down to fun?

    That's the beer talking, Joe. ;)

    I'm not talking becoming a vegan overnight, or even at all if that's not what you're into. But lifestyle changes, as abrupt or gradual as you might be able to tolerate, are the key to successful long-term weight loss. Extreme diets (or calorie restricted fasts or whatever) don't work. You'll lose weight this month, of course. Maybe a lot of weight. But let's see where you are a year from now. If you don't follow-up with some fairly drastic lifestyle changes, you'll weigh more than you did when you started this.

    So maybe the fairly drastic lifestyle change are the way to go from the start...

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  8. I think this diet will work. Ppl boo-hoo fasting, but restricting calories actually works. You do lose weight. I mean look at anorexics. They restrict their calories & they're skinny.

    Is this the most healthy diet?. No, of course not. It's just a way to lose some weight quickly. The reason ppl like to lose weight quickly is to see results quickly. It gives your spirits a boost.

    If Joe starts eating a healthier diet & keeps exercising after this experiment is over, he should be able to keep the weight off. He seems to be going into this with his eyes open.

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  9. The world always scoffs and ridicules innovators before they hit on something that works. Then, suddenly Nobel Prizes are being given out and people are smacking their foreheads saying, "Why didn't I think of that!"

    Who knows, maybe your weight will go down and your writing creativity and productivity will be off the charts. Conversely... it could be a train wreck. In either case I'm watching! Go Joe!

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  10. I agree that extreme diets don't work. Quick weight loss is generally followed by a return to baseline and then some--in other words, the weight comes back on. Not in all cases however. So how to keep it off?

    I don't know. I think, generally speaking, moderation is king. But moderation is boring as fuck. It's a lot more fun to put our minds to something intense, a big challenge. But then we want the big challenge to end and go back to our normal lives, doing whatever the hell we want.

    So I predict that in a year Joe will be close to his starting weight again. However, I also think that this experiment and documentary will be a lot of fun and highly entertaining to follow--it already is. And more than anything, Joe is a skilled entertainer and storyteller.

    Weight loss expert? I still need lots of convincing on that one...

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  11. Any chance of formatting this blog so new posts are at the top? Thanks and good luck!

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  12. This sounds like GREAT fun, but crap, it's a diet that's hazardous for me. Sadly, you might lose some of that hard fought muscle gain and the blood sugar could swing crazy, but what the heck.

    Ohhh, having done a couple severe fasts, when you say enough, be damn careful what you choose to eat first.

    Cheers,
    -Steve

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  13. please reconsider Joe, body burns muscle when it is starving and body cannot live without electrolytes that regulate heart and autonomic nervous system. Please do not do a 30 day 'beer' only' diet. Please.

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  14. Joe, c'mon. This is fun but crazy. You need protein and vitamins. You are on a medieval diet, from the days when European peasants lived on beer and got very little intellectual work done because they were either buzzed or sleeping all the time. Eat the lasagna and go for a run instead. Please.

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  15. Some Catholic monks, among the smartest people in history, used to do this every Lent. That's 40 days -- ten days longer than Joe's diet. I think it's going to work, and work great. And who knows, maybe he'll even convert.

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  16. I think the fact that you've chosen to start working out will do more for you in the long run than the dietary change. Keep up with the workouts after this experiment! The sedentary life of a writer is what makes you (and me) fat. Exercise is good for the mind as well as the body.

    Now I need to sit and write some more before I go get some exercise!

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