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The Drunk Diet: How I Lost 40 Pounds . . . Wasted: A Memoir

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A beer-soaked tale of a long-haired, leather-clad rock ’n roll party-maker who transformed a whiskey-and-5:00AM cheeseburger lifestyle into a wildly successful weight-loss regime

Three years ago, Lüc Carl was a chubby rock ’n roller with a penchant for partying and Chinese food. With long hair, snakeskin spandex pants, and black leather, Lüc fit the part as bar manager at hip lower east side bars, but the job was getting the best of him—the long, late hours and the barfly life ...

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Overview

A beer-soaked tale of a long-haired, leather-clad rock ’n roll party-maker who transformed a whiskey-and-5:00AM cheeseburger lifestyle into a wildly successful weight-loss regime

Three years ago, Lüc Carl was a chubby rock ’n roller with a penchant for partying and Chinese food. With long hair, snakeskin spandex pants, and black leather, Lüc fit the part as bar manager at hip lower east side bars, but the job was getting the best of him—the long, late hours and the barfly life had made him forty-pounds overweight and completely out of shape—and he grew increasingly unhappy with his body and himself. After reading countless fitness books and being told time and again that it’s impossible to lose weight while drinking alcohol he decided to take matters into his own hands. (He could give up the cheeseburgers, the cigarettes, the soda, but don’t take away his booze!) This book is that journey—a journey in which he went from being an out of shape, bloated asshole, to losing 40 pounds, picking up running, and becoming “the sexiest, most delightful man on the planet.” 

Full of charismatic wit and insane stories about his life, Lüc’s book is a mix of memoir and advice: laugh and be inspired while he takes you along on his hilarious journey to become healthier and fitter, and live vicariously through a guy who likes to have a good time, AL the time (even if that now means running 8 miles a day). Along the way, you’ll find out much more about Lüc than just how he lost all that weight: you will read about his charming Midwest roots in Nebraska, where his love of music was discovered at the age of nine in his dad’s truck; his high school days where he honed his skills as a kick-ass drummer in the school band; and his move to NYC to pursue his rockstar dreams, sleeping on friends’ couches and working all night at the local taco truck. Peppered throughout will be hilarious sidebars, such as his “What the F*ck” sections that will define terms such as electrolytes and omega-3 fatty acids, and Lüc’s Laws (“If you’ve made the decision to drink beer, drink a f*cking beer. Light beer is for pussies.”)

 

The Drunk Diet will be a real shot of hope for all those regular folks out there looking to change their lives without being a whey guzzling, creatine popping, shaved chest, bulimic, meat-head. The answers are all here. Follow Lüc Carl and his mantra: Get healthy and have a good time.

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Publishers Weekly
This memoir of a drunken overweight metalhead’s transformation into a drunken healthy-eating metalhead is sometimes so funny that you forget how average it is overall. Carl is a self-described “Whiskey Rock-a-Roller” who colorfully describes a life equally divided between managing a New York City bar, drinking, and eating cheeseburgers before passing out. But after he has a Spinal Tap–style epiphany (“It’s when you don’t remember things like throwing up—on a regular basis—that you realize, maybe it’s time to reevaluate my life”), Carl develops his own weight-loss plan after deciding that “diet books are really a whole bunch of crap written by a whole bunch of assholes who think they know more about your body than you do.” But before a reader can shout, “Fuck, yeah!” in expectation of some rocking new idea, Carl turns into Rachael Ray. The bulk of the book basically provides good but unoriginal basic diet and health information: “I quickly learned that salads are key for weight loss—leafy greens, aside from being very low in calories, are packed with vitamins and energy that keep your metabolism running at full speed.” Even his various sidebars (“What the fuck is aspartame?”) read like notes from a health nut. (Mar.)
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Praise for THE DRUNK DIET:

"Make no mistake. Lüc Carl is the real deal." —Runners World, November 2012 Issue

"In his frank and funny book The Drunk Diet, Lüc Carl shares legit running tips." —Runners World, April 2012 Issue

"If you need motivation to ride, run, or just eat better, you'll find Carl to be an inspirational cheerleader for the healthy rock-and-roll life." Bicycling Magazine

"What happens when a rock 'n' roll bartender finds that too many nights of boozing and eating pizza pile on the pounds? "The Drunk Diet" — which, despite its title, means learning to love running, and drinking in moderation." USA Today

"Tipping the profanity scale by dropping the F-bomb 288 times, this long-haired, leather-loving nontraditional-diet guru proves that by swapping midnight burger binges and processed junk for exercise and natural foods, you too can get back into your spandex tippling as you go." Vanity Fair

"His enthusiasm is infectious, and you are basically hearing him talk through the page. That's a rarity for any writer to achieve." —The Examiner.com

"His book chronicles his journey to thin and proves that boozing and losing needn’t always be mutually exclusive. You might not party like Lüc, but you can still learn from him about keeping your belly flat when your tumbler’s full." MensHealth.com

"Carl is refreshingly up-front...ample amounts of sensible advice, whether you're lookin to get ripped or just drop a few pounds." Penthouse Magazine

"I could open the book to any page and be amused at the way he tells his story, but his method is reliable and his information true." The Dallas Morning News

"Rock 'N Roll Jesus" The Dudley and Bob Morning Show, 93.7 KLBJ The Rock of Austin, TX

"The Drunk Diet couldn't have come at a better time in my life. After 20 years working as a chef, eating all day, drinking all night and then eating AGAIN at 5 am, something had to change. But I didn't even know how to begin changing decades long bad habits; Lüc Carl demonstrates that YOU truly are the key to your own health and happiness—not expensive gym memberships or unrealistic diet plans developed by "experts". This is as straight forward as it gets, with real advice that WILL change your life." —Chris Santos, Celebrity Chef (Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex, and the Food Network's Chopped)

“Rock n Roll + long hair + whiskey + beer - cigarettes - 5 A.M. cheesesteaks + balls + running + cycling + broccoli - 40 pounds = The Drunk Diet.” —Brian Newman, jazz trumpeter and singer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250001825
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 971,219
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Luc Carl

LÜC CARL is a bar manager, party promoter, long-distance runner, musician, personal trainer, semi-professional bowler and DJ based in New York City.  He began this quest for becoming the sexiest motherf’er alive and has blogged about it on www.drunkdiet.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Fun quick read!!

    Read this book! I recommend it to anyone who wants to make a positive change in their life. Luc is a very real, down to earth rocker from Nebraska that everyone can relate to. He's a very great writer too... never have I felt insulted, humored, and inspired from just a single sentence! He'll get straight to the point and tell you like it is, then inspire you to do something about it. I found myself laughing out loud MANY times throughout this book. He has a great personality and stays genuine to that in his writing.

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    I'm an avid reader of Lüc Carl's blog and had read the book

    I'm an avid reader of Lüc Carl's blog and had read the book teaser, Tales from the Drunk Diet, so I'm quite familiar with the writer's style and amazing sense of humor. Even so, I was totally surprised by this book, it's even better than I thought it would be. I guess Lüc never ceases to amaze me, and all his readers. The title may make some people shy away from the book, but it's part of the author's delightful persona. Due to health issues, I can't really drink alcohol, and that didn't prevent me from loving this book from cover to cover (yes, even the cover is awesome!). This is not a story of a drunk guy who is always wasted and happens to, even so, lose weight and do some exercise. It's infinitely more than that. Lüc shares all his struggles with us: his frustrations, achievements, grief, pain, victories, sweat. Everything is there for all to see. He's very candid when he shares his life with us and he does that in a very humorous and, also, charming way. I've always avoided diet books and the sorts, as I hate people telling me what I should or should not do. Also, they are full of technicalities that don't really appeal to me and make me believe that only a super human would be able to achieve their goals. Well, this book is nothing like that. The author shares his life with us, what worked for him, what didn't work, and we can apply that to our own life the way we find fit. It's not just for men either, any person can enjoy and be inspired by it. He tells us the story of his life, simple as that, from his birth town in Nebraska to his battle to succeed in the Big Apple. I have a very soft spot for New York City, and Lüc shares this love with me, better saying, with all of us. I was there with him, in my mind, working at those bars, waking on those streets and running on that bridge. And all that combined with Rock 'N' Roll and long hair, a taste of the 80's and 70's that I miss so much, all that was a recipe for a book I'd surely fall in love with. Speaking of recipes, Lüc shares quite a few with us, they're awesome and very easy to prepare. The book is hilarious (I was already laughing hard just by reading his "Medical Disclaimer"). People say that we only start to change what we think is wrong in our life when we start to laugh at our own misery. Lüc does that very well and makes us laugh with him, as we can relate to so many of his feelings (if not all of them). He falls in love with his body, and struggle to make it better looking and healthier. That leads him to falling in love with running and dieting. His love is contagious, we fall in love too. After reading his book, I gave up drinking soda and I'm eating salads almost every day (and I always hated them). Lüc makes it all have a different and better meaning. I'd also say that his enthusiasm (by the way, the word enthusiasm comes from the Greek and means "being full of god", very meaningful....) is very contagious, making us all want to change our lives and become better persons for our own sake. Love for oneself, for music, for drinking, dieting, reading, as he says (lesson taken from his parents), "all good things in life - including love - are worth fighting for". He's totally right. So if you want to change something you're not happy with in your life, or just change from your usual estate of inertia, this is the book for you. And who doesn't want to be better? Life is a struggle, and Lüc teaches us that we can fight, even if it's not easy. He doesn't fool us by saying it's going to be easy... Things won't change from one day to the other... we need to take baby steps.. But we'll reach the top of the hill if we really want to. He did. Thanks for sharing it all with us, Lüc Carl. I highly recommend this book, a real life changer. Now, every time that I have a project and think of starting it tomorrow or next week, I remember Lüc and can almost hear him telling me not to be a p***y and start doing it NOW.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Luc does a great job helping people that want a change. Its coo

    Luc does a great job helping people that want a change. Its cool how simple and fun all of the changes seem. The best part is that Luc helps you understand that all of these little changes will add up to the big change you are looking for. Great read, super funny, and inspiring. Turning life into what you want it to be always seems like a daunting task. It can be, but make the solid changes and you can overcome. That's what I got from The Drunk Diet. Oh, and that Luc is one heck of a party. Check it out!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Very real

    Good sense of humor and fun to read.

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