Fat Sick And Nearly Dead

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Published on March 31st, 2013 | by Juicefast.com



Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a feature length juice fasting documentary that has inspired thousands of people to start a juice fast.

Initially released in the US in 2011, the documentary is set to hit the UK and Europe later this year, which will in no doubt motivate even more people to join the juice fasting revolution.

So what is the documentary about.

Fat Sick And Nearly Dead – An Overview

Producer and star of the documentary, 41 year old Australian Joe Cross, finds himself weighing in at 310lbs and suffering from an autoimmune disease (chronic urticarial).  Determined to rid himself of both the weight and the disease, he decides to undertake a 60 day juice fast.

Joe Cross Fast Sick And Nearly Dead Movie

Filmed in the US, we follow Joe in both New York City and on a road trip where he discusses diets and fasting with the general public. As a short side story we meet a lady named Siong Norte who is motivated by Joe to juice fast for 10 days, which results in her ridding herself of migraine headaches.

Joe himself manages to lose 82lbs on his 60 day juice fast and a further 60 days of eating a raw food diet sees him rid himself of his disease and the need for medication. Whilst Joe’s story is amazing and very motivational in itself, it’s not until midway where the real heart of the documentary begins.

Phil Staples, a former truck driver from Iowa, meets Joe whilst at a truck stop in Arizona. Weighing in at 429lbs, Phil is also blighted with the same disease and admits to always ‘being sick and in pain’.  Going their separate ways, Phil later contacts Joe asking ‘If it is too late to ask for help’, Joe, at this time back at home in Australia, flies back to the US to assist Phil.

Phil Staples Fast Sick And Nearly Dead Documentary

Under medical supervision Phil begins his juice fasting journey. Upon loosing 30lbs in 10 days, he is given the doctors approval to continue the fast, which concludes in a staggering 95lb loss in just 60 days.

During Phil’s journey we find out how he came to be, in his words ‘one cheeseburger away from a heart attack’. We also watch as the weight loss motivates him to start a community juicing program – providing juicers on loan and support to locals needing to improve their diet and lose weight.

The movie concludes by showing a slim & healthy looking Joe Cross running along Bondi Beach, Australia. Phil Staples, over 100lb lighter, is shown running in Iowa wearing a 2XL T Shirt that was gifted by Joe for motivation at the beginning of his fast.

Joe Cross and Phil Staples Running Fat Sick And Nearly Dead

Following Fat Sick And Nearly Dead Filming

joe cross and phil staples before and after photo

Phil stuck to a mainly plant based diet following his fast and went on to loose 202lb in 10 months. He has changed career and is now working as a fully qualified Health Coach.

Joe is now at a healthy weight and eats a healthy balanced diet along with regular juicing. He still runs his own financial investment business in Australia, however he now also provides a guided fasting service via his reboot website. He plans to make a new documentary soon.

To Conclude

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead has to be one of the most inspiring documentary’s ever made for health and weight loss. It sends out the message that no matter how overweight or unhealthy you are, it is never too late to make a change and start saving your life.

The documentary has not only inspired thousands of people to buy a juicer and start to make a positive change to their life through juice fasting. It has also motivated people to want to spread the word and help others via the creation of juice fasting websites, blogs & video logs; including the one you are currently reading.

Fat Sick And Nearly Dead is available on DVD & Netflix in the USA. It can also be watched online for free via hula

For those outside of the USA, including Australia, Canada UK & Europe, you can watch the documentary on hula ( or below ) once you have installed the hola plug in.



About the Author

Celia Leigh

22 Responses to Fat Sick And Nearly Dead

  1. Greg Boone says:

    Let me tell you, that documentary was a life changer. I lost 30lbs in six weeks juice fasting but I used more fruit than I should have. My blood sugars went through the roof but I learned my lesson.

    • Celia Leigh says:

      Congratulations on your 30lb loss Greg, that’s a great result in 6 weeks!

      Yes, unfortunately many people make the fruit juice mistake, with fruit being a little easier to drink for those new to juice fasting. Always try to aim for 75-80% vegetables and 20-25% fruit when juice fasting.

      Adding extra apples to vegetable juices will help to sweeten them up, then you can cut back in stages until you actually prefer your juice with less… And trust me you will!

  2. Susan says:

    I am getting ready to start juicing. I have 60+ Lbs. to lose and a lot of health issues hoping to solve by juicing. I was wondering if we could use 100% Stevie (plant based sugar) to help give the drinks a little boost in flavor? Thanks! :)

    • Celia Leigh says:

      Hi Susan,

      I guess this really is a personal choice. I personally wouldn’t add any sweetener as I find the juices are sweet enough already for me – even green ones are pretty sweet once you add lemon and apple or pears to them. Let us know how you get on and which you prefer – with or without :)

      Very best wishes for your fast :)

  3. CELIA says:


    • Celia Leigh says:

      They are totally different – but they are often confused by people thinking that a ‘juice’ is the same as a ‘smoothie’. If you plan to juice fast aim to ‘juice’ (without the pulp) – you can drink more volume of nutrients from ‘juicing’ than you ever could making ‘smoothies’. I do hope that helps.

  4. lisa says:

    what an inspiration these guys were. I’m looking to feel better on the inside, to get rid of that sluggish feeling and lose a little weight. How much weight can you lose in 2 weeks if you stick to the fasting and how many juices do you need to drink each day?

    • Celia Leigh says:

      Hi Lisa, thanks for posting! Glad you liked the documentary. It’s definitely been a life changer for me for sure.

      To answer your questions. Everyone is different when it comes to how much weight you will lose – But I would say minimum you would see would be 1/2 lb loss per day over 2 weeks of juicing.

      Aim for 2.5 litres of juice per day – more if you feel you need it!

      I hope that helps – best of luck with your fasting – you CAN do it!

  5. dawn browning says:

    Hi , I was so inspired by the programme, i would like to know if the diet shown is the only one you advise us to use ? Also do you think women are slower at losing weight due to our genetic makeup xx

  6. Celia good for you! I hope to start my fast in a few days as I get all the things I’ll need into place. I hope to get heathy as well as off a lot of medication. I also need to lose a great deal of weight. I saw the movie with Joe and Phil and that inspire me. You are a plus! Thanks for sharing!

  7. sue says:

    I finally watched the film last night and started my own juicing routine in March. Since then I have lost over 2 stone and feel amazing. This is such an awsome way to control and lose weight. Wish more people would take it up. I have juice for breakfast, small salad for lunch, juice late afternoon and fish and salad for dinner. I also drink wine at the weekend and still have seen good results. You dont have to completly just drink juice!

  8. chris says:

    hi there been on my juice fast journey for 3 days so far lost 5 pounds but would like to know i like joes mean green juice is it ok to stick with the same juice everyday as i have been thanks chris

  9. Robert Everett says:

    Question: I have started a 45 day juice fast and am currently on day 3, I am detoxing and know this because I feel sluggish and a little tired, but nothing to extreme. My question for you is this; is there a certain “amount” of veggies/fruits each day to consume to maximize optimal weight loss I.e 1 drink vs. 3 drinks or do you need to consume a drink for every “meal time”

    • Shane Whaley says:

      Hi Robert, good question. I am sure there is a formula though nobody has discovered it yet.

      Your best bet is to drink your juice when you are hungry. During my fasts I often start out drinking 5 times a day but a few days into the fast I never need as much.

      So please, just drink when you are hungry and find a personal schedule that works for you. For the first few days I juice as follows:

      6-7am hot water with lemon

      8-9 Juice!

      11-11.30 Juice

      2-2.30 Juice

      5-6 pm Juice

      8pm Juice

      Best of luck! You can do this and my best advice is to write out 5-10 reasons why you are juicing and if you feel the need to ‘eat’ then read your goals again.

  10. catt Donald says:

    I’m on day 4 of my fast. I’ve lost 8 pounds so far. I had some beef broth because I really just wanted something hot and savory and salty. it really satisfied my need for food. I’m hoping this doesn’t throw me off my plan. have you used broth at all?

    • Shane Whaley says:

      Hi Congrats on making it to Day 4.

      We believe that you have to do what works for you. You chose something much better than an ice cream or a Snicker bar. Keep up the good work!

      • Lisa says:

        Congratulations to all of you. My question is, I do lots of exercise, with the juicing will I need to supplement my lack of solid food with vitamins etc?

        • Shane Whaley says:

          it is never a bad thing but not essential if you juice lots of different fruits and veggies. I have trained for half marathons whilst juicing and often use a non dairy protein powder – Vega is my favourite.

  11. Nicole says:

    I’m going to start my fast tomorrow. I’m excited to get going. I’m going for 10 days

  12. Tyler says:

    I’m 16 years old, and my girlfriend and I are on day four of the fast. We are trying to do 30 days. I can’t stop thinking about food and I find my self laying in bed all day. Should I be taking vitamins-iron supplements with the juice? I’m also concered about protein. How am I getting protein with juice? Thanks

  13. Faith says:

    I love Joe’s documentary. Its the most effective video for me coz am willing to change after I watched it. I found out the video last Sunday and I began my juice-fast yesterday and its day two now. I will get through to this challenge. My goals are to eliminate my HBP, Obesity and few skin problems am facing all these times and I don’t like to take medicines. Thanks to Joe Cross and I bought the juicer too :)

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