Man's Lenten Diet: 'Liquid Bread,' Also Known As Beer

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Since Ash Wednesday, J. Wilson of Iowa has consumed only water and beer — a specially brewed, high-calorie Doppelbock. German monks practiced a similar fast centuries ago known as a liquid bread diet. Wilson has finished two kegs so far — and lost 15 pounds. He said his aim is not to get drunk during his beer fast, but added, "If you walk in the rain, you get wet."

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne with an update on one man's fast for Lent.

Since Ash Wednesday, J. Wilson of Iowa has consumed only water and beer a specially brewed, high-calorie Doppelbock. German monks practiced a similar fast centuries ago, known as a liquid bread diet. J. Wilson has finished two kegs so far and lost 15 pounds. He said his aim is not to get drunk during his beer fast, but adds: if you walk in the rain, you get wet.

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