When 43-year-old Del Hall announced that he was going to drink only beer during Lent his family and friends didn't believe he would actually follow through with his plans.
"My family thought 'Oh, that's just Del being Del.' No one really believed me. To me, it's not that big of a deal. I've done all kinds of crazy things in my life," Hall said. "I know when I put my mind to it, I'm going to do it."
Now, as Lent is coming to an end, Hall is detailing how his new diet has changed his life. Hall says that he drank between two and five beers each day during Lent.
"Beer isn't as bad a people think. People really vilify beer. Everything in excess is bad for you, and really, the average American diet will kill you faster than craft beer will," Hall said.
"I feel like I'm in my 20s," the 43-year-old Army veteran said.
When Hall started his fast, he planned to drink a specially crafted doppelbock which was inspired by a group of monks who would drink it as their primary source of nutrition. Once he is done with the fast, he may not go back to that style of beer for a long time because they are "too sweet" for his taste.
Once Lent is finished, Hall will ease himself back onto solid food over the course of a few days. He will start with broth before moving to steamed vegetables and then eventually introducing meat back into his diet. He expects to be able to eat anything he wants after about one week.
Hall says the fast has helped him understand his body better and plans to eat healthier once Lent is over.
"When I thought I was hungry, I wasn't. True hunger isn't that rumbling in your tummy," Hall said. "If I didn't eat for 46 days, missing one meal isn't going to kill me."