A little background: I’m a 22 year old female who is currently 5’2 and 227 pounds. I’m really trying to get my life together as an adult and that includes getting my health together for the first time. I don’t want to do any kind of magic pill or yo-yo diet thing. I just want to get to a healthy weight to help my PCOS and sleep apnea in a way that is sustainable.
Soylent seems perfect for me since my biggest problem with health is that I hate cooking and meal prep in general, so I feel that 2.0 could be a really good, sustainable lifestyle for me, but I do have some hangups about it.
So here are my questions:
Firstly, I’ve already tried an initial 12 pack shipment of soylent to see how it is. I liked the taste and didn’t feel too hungry. I thought that doing 4 a day would be good, since I’m a short female and am trying to lose weight. However, I got headaches in the evening from either not enough calories or from sodium withdrawal, or maybe a combination of both. I’ve looked at calorie calcs and apparently 2400 cals is sustainable for me because of my high weight. (I’ll also be power walking every evening to burn at least 100 calories, hopefully putting me at the 1 pound per week mark).
1. Would me drinking 5 bottles a day, for 2000 calories be an okay start for someone my size? 2. Any advice or info on how to prevent any kind of sodium withdrawal, as I've read that it can cause headaches and such for people who are used to a high sodium diet (I've never paid attention to sodium, so I'm assuming I've been having a lot)?
As for the nutritional aspects of Soylent, I have a few hangups, the chief of which being that maltodextrin is the second ingredient, which is apparently has an even higher glycemic index than sugar BUT doesn’t have to labeled as sugar, and is often used for athletes to GAIN weight. In addition to that, each bottle contains 9 grams of sugar, and since sugar is one of the biggest, if not THE biggest thing to avoid for weight loss, that seems like a huge amount. I mean, I think the golden standard for daily sugar intake is 25 grams per day when you’re only trying to maintain weight, let alone lose.
3. Why is maltodextrin so high up in the ingredients list, and won't that make weight loss with 5 bottles a day extremely difficult? 4. How can I justify consuming 45 grams of sugar per day on top of the maltodextrin that probably isn't included in that sugar figure?
Lastly, because I have PCOS (which is a hormonal disorder in women that makes it more difficult to lose weight by increasing insulin resistance, among other things), I do feel a bit hesitant about the whole soy thing and its supposed relationship with estrogen. More estrogen would only exacerbate my PCOS symptoms. There seems to be a lot of conflicting information about this, and though I know that a lot of companies will put horrible things in food, I’m also skeptical of the organic food industries’ tendency to demonize everything.
5. Just general info about this would be helpful. Any PCOS ladies out there that can chime in with how they've felt consuming that much soy?
Sorry for the extremely long and wordy post. I know so little about anything health-wise, but I really want to be as informed as possible when trying to make real changes in my life. Thanks for any answers/advice you can offer.