Has anyone else tried a Fasting Mimicking Diet on Soylent? I already generally follow Intermittent Fasting (time-restricted eating) and try to eat my meals (50% Soylent) in 10 or fewer hours of the day, but I read about the potential benefits of the FMD and figured Soylent might fit the bill just about perfectly.
The general idea is to get the same benefits of something like a 3-day water fast, but in a much easier and safer way by still eating food every day (800-1000 calories a day for 4-6 days). The food you eat needs to be very balanced and contain plenty of vitamins/minerals, so that’s why I figured Soylent would be great.
I decided to give it a try a couple weeks ago and it went great. I drank 2 bottles of 2.0 a day and then snacked on some mixed nuts to get some extra sodium and fat/protein. I also added some electrolyte powder to a glass of water every day and took a multi-vitamin every other day just to be extra safe that I was getting everything I needed.
Overall I’d say it was quite easy to do. I was definitely hungry, but never to an extreme, and I always knew a small amount of food was just around the corner. My energy level was fine throughout, and had a big boost once I started eating normally again afterwards. I felt amazing those first few days afterwards. You’re supposed to avoid exercise while on the fast, but then once you start eating again, you’ll get a boost to muscle growth, and it definitely seemed like I managed to convert some fat into muscle. I visibly lost some minor flab around my stomach/waist, had to notch my belt a little tighter, but yet shortly after the fast I had only lost 3lbs (I’m not overweight at all, so it’s good I didn’t lose much if any weight).
I’ll definitely be doing it again. The FMD should not be done more than once a month to give your body time to recover, and many sources suggest doing it every other month or so, but I think I’ll likely stick to just a few times a year.