An Ohio man says he’s only drinking beer during lent because that’s what monks used to do

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  • Del Hall, the director of sales at Fifty West Brewing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, is doing a beer fast for lent, the 46 days leading up to Easter Sunday.
  • He was inspired by German monks from the 1600s, who brewed a specific beer for lent, when they couldn’t eat solid food.
  • While the monks stuck to the hearty doppelbock beer, Hall told INSIDER he will drink any type of beer.

An Ohio man says he is only drinking beer until Easter Sunday, as a nod to monks from the 1600.

Del Hall, the director of sales at Fifty West Brewing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, told INSIDER that he’s living off of beer for all of Lent, the 46 days before Easter, a time in which Christians pray and give penance.

He was inspired by German monks from the 1600s, who brewed a specific beer during lent, a time when they were not allowed to consume solid foods.

The beer was a rich lager called a doppelbock, which had a high alcohol content and was full of carbohydrates, according to the Catholic News Agency.

Hall has done water fasts before – his longest lasted four days – and wanted to combine the act with his love of beer to see what happens.

While the monks stuck to the hearty bock beer, Hall told INSIDER he’s drinking all kinds of beer, so he can “still entertain” himself over the 46 days. He noted his favorite beer is Bell’s Two-Hearted IPA.

While taking the month off eating food, Hall is having check-ups with a doctor every two weeks to ensure his body is holding up throughout the fast.

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He told INSIDER he’s taking a “Super Size Me” approach, in that he’s seeing how the diet impacts him, and documenting how his body changes over the time period.

Hall said he hopes that the fast changes his outlook on food.

“I feel like if I do this, and I finish the 46 days, and I’m a sane man, moving forward, if I’m presented with an unhealthy food option, I can say I don’t need to eat that right now,” he said.

Ahead of starting the fast, a doctor told him he was in good health overall, and should take a daily multivitamin and make sure he stays hydrated throughout the 46 days.

At the start of the fast, Hall, who is 6-foot-two, weighed 292 pounds. And in the first week, Hall noted he had lost 15 pounds.

While his first few meals after breaking fast will be soup to normalize his body, he told INSIDER he looks forward to eating a steak when it’s all over.

“Your digestive system sort of shuts down,” he said of the fast. “So you have to slowly re-introduce food.”