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

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

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by Luc Carl
     
 

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The Drunk Diet is the beer-soaked tale of a long-haired, leather-clad Rock 'N Roll party-maker who transformed a whiskey-and-5-A.M.-cheeseburger lifestyle into a wildly successful weight-loss regime.

Lüc Carl fit the part as a bar manager in New York City's gritty Lower East Side with his snakeskin spandex pants and hot rod. And life was good for this

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Overview

The Drunk Diet is the beer-soaked tale of a long-haired, leather-clad Rock 'N Roll party-maker who transformed a whiskey-and-5-A.M.-cheeseburger lifestyle into a wildly successful weight-loss regime.

Lüc Carl fit the part as a bar manager in New York City's gritty Lower East Side with his snakeskin spandex pants and hot rod. And life was good for this Omaha, Nebraska, transplant--a talented drummer who originally moved to the big city to pursue his Rock 'N Roll dreams--until, suddenly, it wasn't. Fast forward through seven years of working long hours, bingeing on late-night Chinese food, and drinking excessively; life had found Lüc forty pounds overweight and completely out of shape. But 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 to transform his body and his life his way--a sort of "f*ck you" to all those so-called experts.

Full of charismatic wit and raucous stories about his life, The Drunk Diet will inspire and challenge you to become fitter, healthier, and happier. Lüc's fitness philosophy isn't about following a list of rigid rules, but discovering what you're personally willing to change about your lifestyle in order to reach your goals. For him, that meant trading in the crap he was eating for unprocessed, natural foods and embracing a newfound love for exercise, but never sacrificing his social life (or his love for cold beer).

This is the story of how one chain-smoking, hard-partying, self-proclaimed "out-of-shape, bloated asshole" grew into an avid runner and cyclist and, ultimately, a happier version of himself.

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Editorial Reviews

November 2012 Issue Runners World

Make no mistake. Lüc Carl is the real deal.
April 2012 Issue Runners World

In his frank and funny book The Drunk Diet, Lüc Carl shares legit running tips.
USA Today

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.
Vanity Fair

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.
The Examiner.com

His enthusiasm is infectious, and you are basically hearing him talk through the page. That's a rarity for any writer to achieve.
The Dallas Morning News

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 Dudley and Bob Morning Show

Rock 'N Roll Jesus
MensHealth.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.
Penthouse Magazine

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

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.
Chris Santos

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.
jazz trumpeter and singer Brian Newman

Rock n Roll + long hair + whiskey + beer - cigarettes - 5 A.M. cheesesteaks + balls + running + cycling + broccoli - 40 pounds = The Drunk Diet.
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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250021977
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
385,922
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.74(d)

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