I’m 53, male, 5’11" and as of last week I weighed 183 pounds. My health is mostly fine. I’ve been a vegan for over 25 years and I eat a healthy diet… mostly. Ok, so I’ve found myself stopping at the donut shop a few mornings a week on the way to the office, where I sit at a desk for 9 or 10 hours, drinking 4 to 6 cups of coffee each day while eating the two or three meals that I packed plus whatever I scrounge in the break room. I seem to be in better shape than most guys my age, but I’m starting to develop a gut, and that worries me.
Last week I weighed myself and took a few measurements and also took some “Before” photos. The pictures were sobering and embarrassing. And then I went cold turkey. No sugar, caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol, and only Soylent 2.0 100%. In addition I’m exercising every day. My birthday is in 7 months, and I have three main goals to achieve by then:
- A 34-inch waist (currently 41 1/2 inches)
- Be able to touch my toes
- Have six-pack abs.
These may seem like reasonable goals for most people, but I haven’t had a 34-inch waist in about thirty years, I haven’t been able to touch my toes since I was a kid, and I’ve never had six-pack abs, even when I was a skinny 18 year old. Yes, I may be too old for some of those goals, but you know what they say about aiming for the moon and landing among the stars.
I plan on staying 100% while losing about 15 pounds of body fat, and staying on it while building muscle mass back up, although at that point I’ll probably have to increase my daily intake. For now I’m doing four bottles each day at 1600 calories, and that keeps my appetite perfectly satisfied. I may even switch to a keto formula for the final phase, but that’s months away. We’ll see how things are going then. (I’ve read that Rob has big plans for this year so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that a keto 2.0 is in the works.)
I’m one of the ones who actually likes this stuff, lucky for me. Regular 2.0 is bland and mildly pleasant, Cacao is very good and has a nice chocolate flavor without being overly sweet, and Nectar is really great and a nice way to end the day. I’m sure I’d like Coffiest but since I’ve given up caffeine I’ll have to take a pass.
This week I’ve had zero issues with gas, bloating, cramps, or any other gastrointestinal issues that I’ve read about. I guess I came onboard at the right time because this particular formula works perfectly for me. I know that Soylent isn’t designed as a weight loss product, but because it is so nutritious while being perfectly portioned at 400 calories per bottle, it is stupid simple to keep track of exactly what I’m consuming. In fact, once I start putting muscle mass back on I’d be happy to see my weight go up, as long as I’m getting the results I want, but based on my history I’m pretty sure that I’ll look and feel the way I want at about 170 or so.
Oh, first week weigh in this morning: I lost 5 pounds in seven days.
EDITED TO ADD
Body fat 22.2%
Attempting to touch toes with legs straight - fingertips 5.5" from the ground.
Week 1 stats:
Weight 178.2, down 5.4 pounds from last week.
Body fat 22.2%, same as last week.