Fat Sick and Nearly Dead Review

Fat sick and nearly dead is a documentary which focuses on one mans battle with obesity and disease, using juicing as a way to improve his health and of course, lose weight on the whole.
The main “character” in this documentary is a guy called Joe Cross. Now Joe is overweight, but he also has an auto-immune disease and overall isn’t in the best shape when he starts off on this journey. He decides now is the time to change his life and goes on a 60-day road trip, while also juice fasting. He calls it the reboot juice fast, basically a crash diet where the juice is made from a blend of fruits and green vegetables. That’s it, just juice for 60 days.

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On his travels, Joe comes across somebody who ends up getting drawn into the documentary because of his own quite poor situation. This man is Phil Staples and he is a truck driver, and a morbidly obese one at that. He’s depressed and quite frankly, not going anywhere fast. Joe convinces Phil to come on this juice fasting-road trip journey with him and throughout the show, they become firm friends. Getting Phil on board just shows how persuasive Joe is as a person. To cut a long story short, BOTH men end up getting amazing results from this program. But the main question from viewers is, are these results sustainable ones? You can read about the sick fat and nearly dead diet here.

Both men lose weight but one of the amazing things about Joe, is that in addition to losing a massive 90 pounds – he also managed to eliminate the symptoms of his disease and was able to come off his medication. This just proves that SO many health conditions can be solved by weight loss and that’s gotta be a good thing. Joe’s confidence as a result of losing weight is obvious and it’s absolutely amazing that he was basically able to become a different man.

So what did the document achieve and what did it not show as well as it should have? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of fat sick and nearly dead in my unbiased opinion.

– Obviously the biggest benefit is that the men both lost weight and managed to successfully transform their lives. This could be inspirational to other people watching the documentary who also need to lose weight.
– BOTH men managed to come off different types of medication after completing their 60 day juice fast. That is absolutely incredible and shows the knock on effects weight loss and improving your health can really have.
– Joe Cross is a really charming guy and he is very honest in his story and what he has been through. He talks about his struggles and goals for the future with such positivity, which makes it a really inspiring documentary to watch.
– They educated a little on juicing and what it is all about. There is no doubt that there are many benefits in regards to drinking natural juice on a regular basis, so it’s good that they got that message out there.


– Everybody knows that the only way to lose weight and KEEP it off is by eating healthy and exercising regularly. This was not something that was spoken about in fat sick and nearly dead. While it is clear that the 60 day juicing reboot did work, this is not something that can be kept up forever.
A juice fast is basically a fad diets and fad diets are not known to be very effective. They are great for short term success but not so much in the long term. Hopefully after the road trip, Joe Cross was able to put healthier methods in place in order to sustain his new weight.

On the whole, fat sick and nearly dead was a quality documentary that achieved its purpose. It teaches people that they can get what they want if they just go for it and put in the commitment. While the subject of going on a juice only diet is controversial, there is no doubt that for Joe (and also Phil) benefited hugely from it. To anyone who is interested in juicing or just needs a bit of weight loss inspiration, fat sick and nearly dead is definitely worth a watch.