I see a lot of posts here and elsewhere on the internet about people using Soylent for weight loss, which is my big drive to try it out. The whole good nutrition and calorie counting side of it. But I’ve only seen posts about people like bulking up or people who are obese or really overweight giving it a shot and their experiences. Which is great and all but I want to know the effects of Soylent on someone like me who wants to lose some fat percentage and has been trying to eat right and exercise for years now. So I figured hey maybe I could be that guy that documents that sorta stuff in case anyone else is interested like me. So here goes.
I’ve been using Soylent for a month now. Just received my second month supply Saturday and started it Sunday. It arrived right on time which was pretty lucky so I didn’t have to substitute something else for a day or two. Anyway, I’ve been on basically a powder/liquid diet for a month now. My diet now consists of a pouch/pitcher of Soylent a day, preworkout stuff (C4 green apple), protein drink (Syntha-6 stuff), and occasionally post-workout stuff (essential Amino Energy). And of course plenty of water.
When i started a month ago I was 186-188 lbs. Weighed myself this afternoon and I was 176 lbs. That’s just a month so far so I’m not sure how much fat loss that really is since my digestive tract contents should be lighter, right? But I plan to use only Soylent until September 1st. After that date I’m going to really assess where I got with this experiment and if it was beneficial or not.
Before starting Soylent my diet strictly consisted of fresh occasionally frozen vegetables and meat. Usually chicken or fish. Usually salmon, tuna, and the occasional swordfish or whatever was on sale and sounded good at the time. I also had a cup or two of oatmeal in the morning with a couple of tbs of peanut butter mixed in. I had no processed foods and absolutely no added sugar. Not even fruit because I am a compulsive eater and try as I might when I allowed fruit I would end up eating an entire bag of apples in one sitting. Not good. So no fruit, just lots of veggies and some meat. Had broccoli, brussel sprouts, eggplant, spinach, kale, collard greens, etc. I would use some mustards or hot sauces to liven the taste and various sugar-free spice blends and what have you to keep things lively. I only drank water and the pre/post workout stuff when applicable.
My workout routine is changed up every couple of months but they consist of compound weight exercises targeting different muscles and cardio.
I worked out hard and I ate plenty. But I wasn’t seeing results I desired. I’ve been on this road of fitness for 6 years now and have changed and learned a lot. I cut out processed sugars last April and fruit last November. I still feel I have a ways to go to reach my goals. The only solutions I can think of are a calorie intake issue, I just need surgery, or I need to stop eating all together. Those last two are expensive and dangerous, respectively. So it’s super calorie counting time, but I’ve tried that before and it didn’t work, maybe I wasn’t counting right or something was going wrong. Soylent takes the error out of the equation. I hope.
Here’s additional information below. If anyone’s interested then ask me some questions or maybe you can help give me some advice?
28 years old
186-188 lbs starting Soylent
176 lbs as of posting (1 month Soylent-“only” diet)
According to those BMI calculators they say on average I need around 1800 calories a day. Given I workout 6 times a week the even 2000 calories pouch of Soylent should be good, right? Plus the additional 250 calroies from the pre/post workout supplement and protein. Or am I mistaken? Should I cut out that extra stuff entirely? Should I lower my Soylent consumption? Any other tips or comment or anything? Please and thank you.