I'm an avid cyclist - how do I add calories and protein properly?


#1

Hi Everyone,

I’m new to Soylent, starting with 2.0. My goal from the beginning was to do 400Kcal for breakfast, eat a normal meal for lunch, and on most days do 800Kcal for dinners, unless I go out.

However, my journey started the day after I trained for and completed a 100 mile bicycle ride. The past three weeks I haven’t been as active, but I am gearing up for another 58 mile ride at the end of this month.

Here’s the thing: I’m 6’4", 250 pounds. Yes, I could stand to shed about 20 pounds, but if I am out on my bicycle for 2-3 hours I tend to burn quite a few calories. The computers and apps I use probably over estimate, so let’s just say it’s about 500Kcal for every 10 miles.

My problem is this: I know that the Soylent will give me most of the daily nutrients I need, but it won’t give me extra protein nor will it give me enough calories. And I don’t just want to drink 3 more Soylents in a day for a lot of reasons.

How do I effectively add calories and protein? Protein shakes typically contain all kinds of micronutrients.

For the extra calories: Is it as simple as eating things like Cliff Bars, Bonk Breakers, or just pasta?

For the extra protein: Is it as simple as eating something like a chicken breast, a fish filet, etc.?

I’m enjoying my experiment with Soylent so far and want to continue, but I will need to supplement it when I get into training mode.

Thanks in advance for reading and sharing any thoughts.


#2

Personally I am consuming about 90g per day extra protein in the form of chicken breast. I use Soylent for 100% of my regular food most of the time so I am using a full bag per day. I also add 30g protein in the form of a Whey Protein Isolate powder into the mix before I add water. It is chocolate flavor so I find it adds a pleasant taste. All of this combined (v1.5 Soylent) gives me about 200g protein per day.

I am 6’3" ~285lbs so my calorie restricted target is somewhere around 2500 cal/day for weight loss. I don’t know what you should do for the extra calories. It has been suggested that you should not use Soylent for them, but I still am not clear on whether or not micro requirements scale with body size.


#3

http://thehustle.co/soylent-what-happened-when-i-went-30-days-without-food

That guy (a runner) mixed peanut butter in with his soylent with good success.
He also simply drank extra soylent.


#4

Yes, the drinking extra Soylent was what I was looking at doing when I got to my goal weight, but there have been some pretty lengthy discussions on this board about the problem with assuming that micros scale with calorie intake. You remember/have an opinion on that?

Cost-wise, it might not be a good idea to use Soylent for the extra calories, if the micros do not scale, but if they do, Soylent is still a good option because of its completness. I don’t have to worry about this too much as I have at least 45 lbs to lose and am losing it slowly (gaining muscle right now apparently). @etschrad needs to know much sooner, however.


#5

Micros scale when you eat regular food, so why not with Soylent?


#6

Thanks for the replies.

Peanut butter is an interesting option. Funny enough, I’ve had a big spoonful between the two Soylents at night more than once. It was mostly a craving.

It’s interesting to see a lack suggestions for adding complex carbs. I’ll stay tuned.

Eric


#7

I’m no nutrition expert, but I have a product recommendation that’s the best thing since sliced bread…
Oh wait. It is sliced bread.