I started eating Soylent when I left my previous job. I had poor eating habits, I often would not eat regularly, skipping meals. A friend had told me about Soylent about 4 months before and gave me a pouch as a gag birthday gift. The bag of Soylent sat on the shelf for quite some time, then I left my job amicably. [I got severance, no worries]
Well, I was looking at a way to reduce my bills and I noticed I spend a hell of a lot of money going to restaurants for dinner. I would go without eating, nearly all day, then go to a restaurant for dinner because it was easy.
I went ahead and prepared the bag of Soylent my friend gave me, although it was gritty, it wasn’t nearly as bad tasting as the internet said it was, so I ordered a 7 day supply.
Now, this is some important background: at my previous job I would walk an 80,000 square foot warehouse, I would easily get 15,000 steps just at work alone. I went from 18,000 steps a day to literally, 2,000 per day. At this point I weighed 186# according to my doctors scale.
I started eating 500 calories of Soylent for Breakfast, 500 calories of Soylent for lunch and at first I would eat whatever I wanted for dinner, I didn’t count calories. Because I was reducing my bills, I started cooking dinner at home instead of eating out.
I lost 10# in one month.
Loosing 10# in one month was a huge deal for me, I have always been chubby for my height of 5’7", even obese at one point. While I was at work, I was gaining weight, not loosing weight. SO… eating more food and doing less activity was a huge surprise.
Loosing 10# inspired me to get my health in order. I started to count my calories. I still eat “whatever I want” for dinner, as long as I keep my calories for the day between 1800-2000. I still eat 1/4 cheeseburgers with bacon, I just keep my calories where they need to be.
I had lost 20# since the beginning of February, it was now the end of March. Now remember when I said I used to do 18,000 steps a day? I was still not doing any exercise, I couldn’t have been doing more than 2,000 steps a day, I stayed at home and watched a lot of new series that I never had seen before. House of Cards, The Americans, Man in the High Castle…
Then, after really thinking long and hard about how I just lost 20# by simply changing my eating habits, when else can I accomplish if I started exercising? I purchased a Fitbit to help track my exercises, food intake, and weight loss goals. I set a weight loss goal! I started walking 2 miles every day. I started to run 2x a week. I started doing sets of push-ups in the mornings 3x a week (and I could do more pushups because I had lost 20#.) I started doing crunches and ab work outs 2x a week.
Today I am down 35#. I currently weight 149#. I set a goal to get to 140#. I went from a 38 waist to a 31 waist. I just donated over $600 worth of cloths that didn’t fit me to Goodwill.
My weight loss has slowed down, and I can see why. I have visibly gained tone in my arms, calves and thighs. My wife says she can see my stomach changing shape - I think she is just trying to make me feel better… but thats not really her style.
Now, since I lost 35#, went to a 31 waist, I set myself a new goal. I want a flat stomach, and its going to take a lot of hard work. The love handles are gone, there is still a layer of fat on my belly that I am working on getting rid of.
I know I may be different than others, somehow I could have gotten “used” to not eating much so I don’t get hungry as often as other people. But I don’t feel hungry for a solid 4-6 hours after I eating Soylent.