It’s traditional to give up a luxury or nominated food in the run-up to Easter. However, in March 2019, Del Hall, a sales director for a Cincinnati brewery, turned the convention on its head. He gave up all food in order to live on beer for 46 days and saw a surprising effect on his health.
Hall was inspired to undertake his beer-diet challenge by Bavarian monks’ fasting rituals back in the 17th century. He told the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper in March 2019, “Fasting is a big part of being human, and we don’t really do that any more.” Aside from the challenge, the 43-year-old hoped he could break his dependence on junk food.
As a former soldier with an all-or-nothing attitude, Hall was cleared by his doctor to undertake the fast. And, seven days in, he noticed a huge effect on his health. “I feel amazing,” Hall explained to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I feel like this mental fog has been lifted. Day two and three were pretty rough. I wanted to bash some Taco Bell after a few beers because that’s what we do.”
Hall, who describes himself as not a big breakfaster, would start the day with water and coffee. He would then drink his first beer close to 1:00 p.m., with a few more to follow after work. He’d consume from two to five beers a day, with a multivitamin supplement. He kept his taste buds stimulated by consuming a variety of ales, including a chocolate maple and toasted almond stout.
“I’m feeling great!” Hall declared to entertainment website LADbible in April 2019. “I lost 44 pounds. Not a single cheat! I plan to continue to lose weight through a protocol of intermittent fasting and portion control.” Hall’s blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels also improved. However, he wouldn’t recommend the diet to everyone, suggesting there are healthier methods of weight loss.