Photo Courtesy of Del Hall

All-beer diet has one Army vet down over 26 pounds

March 27, 2019
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By Ben Krimmel

He's shedding pounds and drinking only beer.

Yes, for the 40 days of Lent, U.S. Army veteran Del Hall has decided his only caloric intake will be beer.

"Just like the monks used to do it back in the 1600s, I'm going to do the same thing," Hall said when he announced the all-beer fast on YouTube. "It's not necessarily about the weight loss as it is the challenge of replicating what the monks did."

For Hall, the director of sales at Cincinnati's Fifty West Brewing Company, this was an extreme challenge. But he's a man who is used to doing extreme things.

"My pendulum doesn't swing in the middle," Hall told Connecting Vets.

And so to break a cycle of unhealthy eating and a poor relationship with food, Hall is skipping out on solid food entirely.

"I consider myself a red-blooded American boy next door, who follows the standard American diet," he said, pointing to lots of fast food and late-night unhealthy eats. So this will be quite the departure. After consulting with a doctor, he's now surviving on a daily multivitamin, black coffee, unsweetened tea, sparkling water, and beer.

He doesn't do half-measures

For Hall, this adventure is a personal challenge to break his bad habits, establish better habits, and have fun drinking beer along the way.

"I try to have as much 'fun' as I can in my life," Hall wrote on Facebook. "This is a challenge. I'm obese...I've used food as my 'fun' for too many years. This is me hoping to correct that and come to a healthier relationship with food."

"I'm meditating daily and confronting a lot of demons and I'm learning a lot about myself. To me that is healthy."

Of course, Hall wasn't always this mature, clear-headed thinker. At one point, he was a struggling college student with bad grades and a bad case of immaturity.

And so Hall followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, who served during World War I, five uncles, and his older brother.

"It got to a point where I did a couple of years of college and the stars aligned and I said if I'm gonna enlist, I should do it now," he told Connecting Vets.

At 21 years old, he enlisted.

At basic training, Hall remembers them asking each private, why are you here? "I was one of the few that did it for honor," he said.

Army veteran Del Hall is down over 26 pounds on an all-beer diet.
Photo Courtesy of Del Hall

"I felt the need to do something," he said. "I wanted to do something for my country."

Hall admits now he could have also been influenced by the popularity of the G.I. Joe action figure during his youth while his older brother served in the Marines. But the long history of men serving in his family helped, too.

After enlisting, Hall was assigned to the 558th Signal Company and served nine years in total, with about two on active duty. After the September 11 attacks, he went into intelligence and finished his service in 2005 working with the Joint Reserve Intelligence Center out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Now, the self-admitted "beer geek" is in the midst of a one-man beer fest. Naturally, it took a few days for him to get into the groove of his two to five beer a day diet.

"Day two and three were pretty rough, a lot of hunger," Hall said. "I really wanted Taco Bell, I wanted Taco Bell bad."

"The cravings were intense."

But after the first week Hall said he started thinking clearer and was also already down over 15 pounds.

"I feel amazing," Hall said on day 22. "My body is strong."

Hall noted the 21-day mark is a point when bad habits are broken and new habits are formed. "I feel like I've accomplished something already."

And while he's now down 26.7 pounds, shedding weight is only part of the experience. "It's not about the weight loss, it's about the journey and learning about yourself," Hall told The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Hall hopes his fast will encourage others to examine their own relationship with food and fasting.

"I'm a big proponent of fasting," he told Connecting Vets. "This will raise some eyebrows on fasting, but it's healthier than Western Culture thinks."

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Of course, not all are taken with Hall's amazing feat. One commenter on his Facebook wrote, "My job would not be okay with me having a few brews during my work hours."

"I work for a brewery!" Hall wrote. "It's part of my job to drink beer!"

And when asked if the beer is non-alcoholic? Nope.

"That never made sense to me. That's like decaf coffee!" he wrote.

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