Review: ‘The Drunk Diet: How I Lost 40 Pounds… Wasted’

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The Drunk Diet Book Cover The Drunk Diet
Lüc Carl
Biography & Autobiography
St. Martin's Press
Tue Mar 13 2012 00:00:00 GMT-0600 (Mountain Daylight Time)
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Author and 'Drunk Dieter': Lüc Carl

Review of 'The Drunk Diet: How I Lost 40 Pounds... Wasted' by Lüc Carl, my new hero and role model

Lüc Carl: 'The Drunk Diet - How I Lost 40 Pounds... Wasted'

I have a new role model! Looks just like me, doesn't he 🙂

I really enjoyed this unconventional diet book. Lüc Carl comes across as a very likeable character, with a straightforward, informal style.

Those who like to watch their language might be put off by the occasional gratuitous swear words scattered through the book.

But frankly, when it comes to swearing, he's no match for the nice vegan lady authors of 'The Skinny Bitch Diet'.
 

The Story

He's a hard rock enthusiast who grew up in an overweight Midwestern family ('the fattest region in the country'), and left to play in heavy metal bands in New York City.

While not quite becoming a big haired hard rock megastar, along the way he worked long hours in several jobs: music shop, taco stand and late night bar manager. Many funny stories later, the hard working, 15 beers a night lifestyle, fattening Midwestern meals and late night take aways had taken their toll and he found himself about 30 pounds overweight.

 

Review of 'The Drunk Diet: How I Lost 40 Pounds... Wasted' by Lüc Carl, my new hero and role model

Lüc Carl: 'The Drunk Diet - How I Lost 40 Pounds... Wasted'

Luc Carl's Diet Approach

He's an interesting kind of dieter. I had always assumed that most overweight people (like me), knew what was healthy vs unhealthy eating but just weren't good enough at doing it consistently. But he really didn't seem to know, which may have actually helped him.

He also talks about constipation more than any other diet book I've read!

I also like how he turned his diet into a positive process: instead of focusing on losing weight, he calls his diet his 'quest to get sexy', thinking of his vegetables as 'a side of confidence' and 'steamed sex'.

Another thing I really like is that instead of trying to get everything right at once and failing, he takes on one or two bad habits to improve on at once, and works with his usual behaviour, just changing it slightly.

So, whereas he would usually go to the diner with his friends at 4am after work and eat a big unhealthy meat sandwich, he stil went there, but got a healthier sandwich to take away, and instead of eating it then, he put it in the fridge and had it for breakfast. I really like that approach!

 

Willpower and Plateaus

Gradually, as he lost weight and then hit plateaus, he swapped more unhealthy habits, like smoking, with healthy habits like running and working out.

He seems to do very well with the willpower most of the time, although he doesn't always manage to hold off the temptations, like eating his late night sandwich.

But I found myself cheering for him when he switched to smaller T-shirts and got rid of his fat jeans. I think when I get to throwing mine out, I'll take a picture of them first too!

 

The One Little Quibble

Once you get into the books and he's started his fitness journey, he still drinks but nowhere near as much as the title makes it sound - good for him but maybe a little bit misleading.
 

Big Hair and Nutrition Facts

Once the book gets into more nutritional tips, there are lots of purple boxes with stories, facts, and little pictures of his big hair! My favourite was the story of how aspartame became a legal food ingredient, when it really shouldn't have.

I really enjoyed this book. Lüc Carl's 'Drunk Diet' is a refreshing change from the usual type of diet book, and perhaps one that young singles, and especially men might identify with more than (say) the Hip and Thigh Diet. It's a very realistic way of progressing towards fitness that works with the inner party animal (however deeply buried!) in all of us.
 

Best quotes:

The real problem here, when you're dieting but still drinking, is the "Drunk Munchies." For ten years, I had come home wasted and ordered a pizza or called the diner for a delivery. Then I'd pass out with a pastrami Reuben just sitting there in my colon, rotting away into a fat mess that wouldn't want to get out of bed in the morning. I had to force myself to go to bed without eating.


When I decide to do something I f***ing do it.

 

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9 Responses to Review: ‘The Drunk Diet: How I Lost 40 Pounds… Wasted’

  1. Nice review. Will have to check it out!

  2. This is a fun review, is it wrong that I immediately knew his name as Lady Gaga’s ex before I read your review? I think I spend too much time on the gossip sites 🙂

  3. This actually sounds interesting! I never thought I would ever say that about a fitness book. And veggies as a, “side of confidence.” Love that.

  4. I like your review. I never heard of this book, but it’s very unique and I’m sure it appeals to a lot of readers and be helpful to many.

  5. haha is this actually a fitness book or more like a motivational book? i don’t think i’ve found a diet book that quite gets me. 😛 but this one sounds fun!

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