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

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Day 4 - Part 1

I began this 30 day beer diet on January 2. It is now the morning of Jan 5th, so this is my fourth day without any food.

I feel good, other than sore muscles from my workout. Even though I had five beers yesterday, I'm not  hungover or dehydrated in the least. Spacing them out, choosing lower abvs, and drinking a lot of water helped me avoid getting drunk.

I'm falling into a pattern of blogging two times for each day on the diet, so people interested in following my progress need to scroll down so they don't miss any updates.

Stool report - It's official. I'm the worlds fattest infant. At least, that's what my poop looks like: small, black, and soft.

Today is going to be a fun one. I'm going to Three Floyds Brewery in Indiana with my longtime friend George, to do a tour and talk beer with the brewers.

I'll post that raw footage tonight or tomorrow. In the meantime, here's another clip from yesterday.

WARNING! In this clip I tell the true story about the death of my dog. So if you're a pet lover, or particularly sensitive, have some hankies ready.


  1. Black stools can indicate an upper GI bleed. Might want to get that checked out.

  2. Joe, that was a super story. Sorry about the dog.

  3. My first thought was, "He's crazy, but I already knew that."

    My second thought was that a 30 day beer diet is no crazier than some of the diets I've gone on in my life -- nothing but a repulsive tasting liquid protein for several months and nothing but 9 ozs of lean meat protein for a year to name two. I was carefully monitored by doctors while on both of those plans, so I hope your doctor is keeping an eye on your stats and overall health.

    I'm less concerned about the alcohol content than I am that you aren't getting adequate protein which could ultimately make your body think it's starving. In that case it could shut down and you'll stop losing weight.

    I'd suggest frangelico for dessert but it's not a beer, although it is named for a monk. Besides, I know how you feel about it.

    I'm in the process of taking serious action for my own super obesity. See you at RT where we'll both be leaner and fitter.

    But no less crazy -- in a good way. Good luck, Joe!

  4. Wow. I've been killing myself with P90X and P90X2. I've been going about this all wrong. . .

  5. Wow. I've been killing myself with P90X and P90X2. I've been going about this all wrong. . .

    They aren't exclusive. You can incorporate beer into your P90X routine.

  6. Black stools can indicate an upper GI bleed.

    Then I'm in big trouble. My bar in the basement has three black stools.

  7. My bar in the basement has three black stools.

    Sounds like a dump.

  8. I must say I was skeptical and thought you were kidding when you first said you're doing this.
    Now I'm shocked a little, mouth open and drooling as I stare at the beer bottles.
    Hope the diet works for you Joe - I don't think I'd ever work up the courage to try something like that.
    Good Luck...

  9. It's one of the craziest fad diets that I've ever heard of (except for the juice diet--at least this one will let you have some fun!), but it doesn't seem as if it'll do any great or lasting damage to your health. Livers are tough little bastards, they take a lot longer than a month to kill unless you're doing heavy bingeing or combining with NSAIDs. If you're interested in "dessert", there's a Lithuanian brand called Werewolf that's pretty good--dark and slightly sweet.

  10. Are you weighing yourself everyday? That might be a fun daily update (in addition to the poo update, of course).

    You mentioned low carb diets at one point. Seems like they might be effective even if you do it only 2 days a week.

  11. Small, black and soft. Shit. I just had a bout of that myself. Had a bacterial infection called C.diff. that took me three months to beat. Imagine doing that six times per day, on and off, for 90 days. You would want to die. I know I did.

    Since then, I've decided to treat my digestive system like a princess. 100 ounces of water per day, BRAT diet, one serious meal of my choosing. Feel like Gene Autry.

    I think Joe's gonna be just fine, but if I were him, I'd seriously consider limiting this thing to 15 days instead of 30, more like a purge than anything else. In that regard, it could be quite healthy. But yeah, he's not gonna screw up his liver too badly in one month, especially since he's drinking lots of water to go along with it.

  12. not sure why you are passing black feces. Does your doc say this is "normal"? It can be, as some others here have cautioned, a symptom of old blood high in the intestine or stomach or esophagus. I hope you will ask your doc.

  13. @archangel and @Jude Hardin

    And suddenly I'm talking about poo with relative strangers. Don't get your diagnoses off of WebMD, folks. Blood coming out either end (my experience is living in the same house as someone who had a very severe stomach virus) sends out very strong OMGWTFBBQ signals. It's not an experience you forget or pass off as something more innocuous.

  14. Just catching up on all this. Man, I'm thirsty.

  15. my experience is living in the same house as someone who had a very severe stomach virus

    LOL. My experience is working as an RN in a major urban medical center for the past fifteen years. I've pretty much seen it all.

  16. @Jude

    Hee. Fair enough, I bow to you.

  17. Joe,

    You've inspired me. I'm going to have some beer right now. With nachos. ;)

    Being serious, I'm enjoying the videos. Although the shirt try on is my favorite.


  18. I understand the desire to drink beer. I don't understand why you can't work a little food into your diet.

    Also, drinking five beers and trying to work out is really putting you on a starvation diet. In the long run that tends to be counter to weight loss. It's also not sustainable as a lifestyle.

  19. I know a guy who lived on nothing but beans for six months. He lost a hundred pounds. And his wife. And most of his friends...