Del Hall, a 43-year-old brewery employee from Cincinnati, set out to prove that you can give up all food for lent and survive solely on beer. Not only did he do it, he’s in the better shape than ever. Hall lost over 40 pounds. Hall says he was inspired by 17th century monks you gave up all solid food during lent, surviving solely on doppelbock-style beer. This style of beer was invented by the monks to sustain them when the decided in 1654 to give up all solid food for lent.