Arizona Man Sheds Pounds with Beer and Sausage Diet

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For an entire month, an Arizona man solely ate beer and sausages—and lost 14 pounds and dropped his cholesterol. Evo Terra started his first "brew diet" three years ago and explains how it's changed his life.

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According to Men's Health, Terra kept the diet interesting by stocking up high-quality sausages from boutique butchers and drinking varieties of craft beer. Terra has sampled hundreds of beers and calls Left Hand Brewing Co.'s Milk Stout and Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA two of his favorites.

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Terra lost weight by restricting his diet to 1,500 calories a day, which amounts to two sausages and five beers daily. He tells Fox News that his catchphrase for the diet is "low-grade hunger, low-grade buzz."

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According to Foodbeast, Terra developed the weight-loss diet under the medical supervision of his doctor and friend Terry Simpson. In reference to Terra's weight loss, Simpson explains that "most of it was body fat." Simpson monitors Terra's progress and says he would "shut down" the diet if anything proved harmful.

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When Fox News asked what kind of sausages Terra eats, he says he "take[s] a very liberal approach to the word sausage" to not get bored. "So that's breakfast sausage, that's kielbasa, that's smoked Polish sausage, that's hot dogs," Terra lists.

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As for beer? "I'm a fan of craft beer. So I'll drink fruity beers in the morning, I'll drink a nice brown ale over lunch, and then at nighttime that's when I get to more of the imperial stouts, double IPA's that have a little bit more flavor and character to them," Terra tells Fox News.

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Since Terra drinks every day of his diet, he never gets behind the wheel of a car. His wife Sheila and his 22 year-old son both volunteer to be his designated drivers during the month of October.

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Terra admits to Men's Health that the diet lacks the nutrients necessary for long-term health. He takes multivitamins to supplement his unusual diet.

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Terra dines exclusively on beer and sausage, but he's not a pain when eating out. "If I order a smoked polish sausage at a restaurant and it happens to come on a bun with 'kraut and peppers, I'm not taking it off. But I skip the side dishes," he tells us.

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Most of the time, Terra's meals are prepared at home, and usually he eats plain sausage. "Maybe with some mustard for a change of pace," he adds. With the variety of sausages and beer available, Terra says that he doesn't really get cravings for other foods.

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What has Terra been noshing on lately? He says he has been adding a lot more chorizo and breakfast sausages to the line-up. As for beer, he's found the best and most economical way to enjoy beer on the go is to fill growlers at his local brewery or brew pub.

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What does his family and friends think of the diet? "Family and friends are now immune," he shares. "They expect it, often drink with me and [are] quite supportive."

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Even after eating sausage and drinking beer for an entire month straight, Terra says that he continues to enjoy these foods outside of October. And he's already pretty certain that he'll have an ice cold beer with dinner when his diet ends on November 1. "But that dinner will likely be Chinese food or pizza. I miss those," he shares.

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When Terra started the diet in 2011, he shed 14 pounds. The following year, he slimmed down 18 pounds. Currently, Terra is one week away from completing his third time doing the beer-and-sausage diet, and he has lost 12 pounds as of the morning of October 24.

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"That first year, my cholesterol dropped by a third, my triglycerides cut in half and my liver enzymes never moved away from baseline," Terra reveals. "I'll come out healthier after this month than when I started!"

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"I like the once-a-year pace. It allows me to get ready, has a finite term and is a lot of fun. So there's no reason to stop any time soon!" Terra tells us.

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In his blog Your Doctor's Orders, Dr. Terry Simpson, who supervises Terra during his diet, calculated Terra's expected weight loss rate to be one pound a week, or four pounds for one month, and was surprised that Terra lost 14 pounds during his first attempt.

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Dr. Simpson explains that beer and sausages are easy to measure for portion control, but the exact reasons for the dramatic weight loss are unclear. However, he stresses that beer and sausage are not "diet foods".

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Dr. Simpson says that Terra takes a multivitamin and some fiber daily. The diet allows for accompaniments like peppers and sauerkraut but excludes processed side dishes like bread, potato, rice and pasta.

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Dr. Simpson recalls that when Terra initially approached him about starting his special one-month diet, Terra had originally wanted it to be an all-beer diet. Dr. Simpson recommended adding a protein source, and sausages seemed to fit well with the October theme.

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For an entire month, an Arizona man solely ate beer and sausages—and lost weight.

Evo Terra, a Tempe resident who works for a digital marketing agency, started his first "brew diet" two years ago. Inspired by Oktoberfest, his unusual diet consists of craft beer and quality sausages. In 2011, he shed 14 pounds and dropped his cholesterol by 30 percent.

But, there's a catch. Under the medical supervision of his doctor, Terra's diet restricts his caloric intake to about 1,500 calories a day, which amounts to about two sausages (of standard bratwurst size) and five beers each day. Terra explains to Fox News that a man of his size burns about 2,100 calories, so the deficit of about 600 calories means his body "sheds away the fat."

Right now, Terra is about one week away from completing his third time doing the beer-and-sausage diet, and he's lost 12 pounds as of this morning.

Check out the slideshow above to learn more details about Terra's beer-and-sausage diet, including what his friends and family think and what foods he misses the most.

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