Been lurking for awhile and working on a mix, but it wasn’t until today that I got a chance to sit down and spend some time closely looking the original mix that everyone is basing their own off of (as I have as well) and what it means for me.
Roughly, AFAICT, the default mix contains ~1600cal (200g carb = 800cal, 50g pro = 200cal, 65g fat = 585cal), so if your daily caloric need is that (as it was for Rob, though I think he upped it eventually), you’re golden.
But for many of us, this is the WRONG mix, and clearly, I should have thought of this earlier, but I was just trying to get a mix that was palatable and didn’t make me want to puke. So finally I went over to the USDAs site and found a nice DRI calculator to help me estimate my baseline needs. Find it here: http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/fnic/interactiveDRI/
And guess what? MY estimated daily caloric needs are ~3500cal/day. So until I establish a better baseline (and please if anyone has suggestions for how to do that, I’m all ears), I’m going to stick with cutting that by 15% to help lose some weight, putting my goal at ~3000cal/day. Since I’m using this mainly as a breakfast/lunch meal replacement (since I suck at eating those two meals), I’m going to aim for my Soylent mix to be ~ 2000cal/day.
I’m sure people are adjusting their mixes, but I’ve not seen much talk on the board of how to establish a baseline, so I thought I’d point out the USDA calculator as it may be revealing for nutrition noobs like myself.
And if anyone is curious, I had to ditch olive oil in favor of coconut oil, some vanilla and a banana in order to make it even remotely drinkable. This morning my girlfriend tasted it and said it was really good, so I think I’m getting close to the right mouthfeel and taste…