I ordered a two week supply of Soylent all the way back in August, and yesterday it finally arrived. Unfortunately, I was not present for the delivery, so I may not get my hands on it until tomorrow.
I’ll try to avoid too much detail about myself, but in a nutshell I effectively work two jobs, each about 30-35 hours per week. That’s been the situation for several years and will be the situation for several more. That is a lifestyle that does not leave a lot of time for eating well, especially if one just does not like (or feel satisfied) by a fruits, nuts, and salad lifestyle. If I can carve out a half an hour in the morning or the evening, I don’t want to spend it cooking. Even if it means stopping for fast food or getting delivery, that’s a half an hour I can just sit, collect my thoughts, and recover from the day. As a result, my weight has plateau’d between 235 and 240 which is… too much for my 5’ 8" frame.
Here is what I am hoping for from Soylent:
Convenience: if I can spend 10 minutes every evening making a day’s supply of Soylent, and if I can eat that while commuting, I put a substantial amount of time back into my week.
Satiety: This is one of the more interesting aspects of what I’ve read. The crap I’ve been eating lately is satisfying in the moment, and still more satisfying to me than a more vegetarian diet, but it’s not satiating in the long term and it leads to snacking. If my system takes Soylent as something long term satisfying, so much the better.
Portion control: This really goes hand in hand with satiety, but I’ve found in the past that just knowing there is a limit to what you should eat during a day is a powerful thing.
Nutrition: I am under no illusions. There is no such thing as perfect food. If there were, Soylent wouldn’t be it, although it might come reasonably close. But the garbage I’ve been eating lately is much farther.
Here is what I fear from Soylent:
- Gas. 'Nuff said.
Here is my plan:
I have a two week supply of (I assume, the package is sitting at a depot) v1.3. From Friday through Monday I’ll be working mostly away from other people, so gas issues won’t be devastating if they occur. Even so, I’ll be starting out with something like a 50/50 blend to see how it goes. I’ll be aiming for about 1000 calories worth of Soylent and somewhere between 500 and 1000 calories of typical food.
In specific, I’m thinking about 500 calories of Soylent as breakfast, 500 for dinner, a nice bagel and cream cheese for lunch (roughly another 500 calories) and if that’s not enough for one day, perhaps a light snack of lean cold cuts in the evening. 1500 calories in a day is light, but I’m interested in testing the satiety aspect.
By Saturday, I would expect I’ll know if I need to supplement with Beano, and by Monday I expect I’ll know if I can tolerate the whole regime… and critically, whether I can tolerate the regime through days when I work closely with other people. (I also expect by Saturday that I’ll be cutting the Soylent with some sort of flavorant. I have a bottle of coffee extract already for just that purpose.) And after a week or two, I expect I’ll know if I want to continue and if I want to try for more than 50%.
(I doubt I’ll ever get truly up to 100%. I reserve entirely the right to treat myself to a good restaurant-- not fast food, restaurant-- meal a few times a month, or to go out with friends. But if my system tolerates it, I can see going to 90% for a while.)
Advice and feedback welcome.
Comments on my lifestyle choices, or exhortations to spend the hour a day I save exercising are not.