To be honest I haven’t searched through the forums to see how many people have used Soylent for weight loss, but I wanted to post my experience anyway. Sorry if this is just another post in a sea of duplicates.
I started drinking only Soylent 2.0 on January 24th of 2016. I’d had about two boxes before that since December, but January 24th was what I consider my starting point. I was 261.47lbs on January 24th.
On June 5th 2016, I hit 229.94lbs. I’m now at 228.18lbs. I’m 5’11", and 46 years old.
Most of the time, I’d have 5 bottles per day. I made a rule for myself that I would NOT say no to regular food when some special occasion would arise, like going away parties for people at work, birthday parties for kids, occasional Brazilian BBQ trips, etc. Unlike when I quit caffeine (where I stopped completely, and haven’t had caffeine in over three years because of migraines), here I wouldn’t be afraid to have regular food from time to time, and wouldn’t consider it any kind of “failure” or “cheating”.
I weighed myself every day, and kept a log of everything I ate.
Here’s a picture of my weight loss from June 3rd:
I also started doing walks, but I lost weight whether I was walking or not.
This past 14 days I just did 14 days with only Soylent, and I was really craving solid food, so this morning was a Brazilian BBQ day with friends from work. I’ll replace two of my Soylents with that, then have three more for the rest of the day. This day I’ll probably be way over, but that’s ok, I’m not on any crazy deadline. Most of the time I drink 5 a day.
Again, during this time I’ve gone to Chili’s, Pizza Hut, had Kentucky Fried Chicken, done multiple Brazilian BBQ trips, had lots of bacon while camping, and had one Baconator at Wendy’s. But those felt like they were about a week or two spaced apart.
I consider myself lucky in that the standard idea of 5 bottles of day (2000 kcal) is below what I’d normally burn even if sitting around doing nothing (which is now 2324 kcal, but used to be 2503kcal). I know others who are trying it who burn less calories per day, so they’d have to go with less than 5 bottles, which means they’d have to maybe take supplements or something to make up for the lost nutrients in the missing 5th bottle?
Anyway, to anyone wondering if you really can lose weight with Soylent 2.0, you can (or at least you can if you’re a 261lb 5’11" man of 46 years, which is the only true data I really have). I’ve never cared about weight loss before in my life. Weight just kind of went up with age. At one point I realized “oh, I’m over the limit for skydiving. I guess I missed out on that”, as if weight gain was some given. At some point this summer, I’m going skydiving as my reward for hitting 230lbs. Now my next goal is 199.
Anyway, FWIW, there’s my data. Sorry I haven’t gotten around to annotating the graph to show when I ate non-Soylent meals.