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Army vet on beer fast drops 44 pounds during Lent

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The Ohio man that decided to sustain himself on just beer for Lent lost 44 lbs and is easing himself back into eating solids.

Del Hall of Cincinnati, who is director of sales at Fifty West Brewing, told the Cincinnati Enquirer this week that he lost over 40 lbs and “I feel like I’m in my 20s.”

He said that after the 45-day fast, he needs less sleep, his mind is clear and he feels like there’s no inflammation in his body.

He told the newspaper that his job puts him in a unique position to be able to do the fast. He mentioned that working at the brewery allows him to have all the beer he wants, he can also expense his beers and Uber rides because of his job.

But he would not encourage others to try what he did.

Hall modeled his diet on something monks in the 1600s would do during Lent. He said that the monks would fast during the season living on a diet of bock beer.

As for food, he told the newspaper he is craving sushi, but will start with broth, then move up to steamed vegetables, then meat. He figures it will be five or six days before he’s eating what he wants.

But the fast has helped him change some bad eating habits.

“When I thought I was hungry, I wasn’t. True hunger isn’t that rumbling in your tummy,” Hall said. “If I didn’t eat for 46 days, missing one meal isn’t going to kill me.”

Hall thanked his supporters on Facebook Sunday morning.

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Frank at 412-380-8511, fcarnevale@tribweb.com or via Twitter @frnkstar.

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