Thank you all so much for your replies, I really appreciate them!
Was your pre-Soylent diet high in fats?
I used to just eat very normally, with no regard to reducing fats or anything. I’d eat fast food, cook with medium ground beef at home, and eat lots of nuts throughout the day. So I’d say there was a decent amount of fat. Since learning about this fat fact a couple days ago, I’ve started to eat eggs and nuts again though.
Do you feel your baseline energy level is lower than before soylent?
Yes, my overall energy levels are lower. That could be just because my lifestyle has been a bit more lethargic. I’m not sure I can tell for certain either way.
Cholesterol is a precursor to testosterone. It’s possible that a lower cholesterol intake (according to the nutritional info, Soylent has zero exogenous cholesterol) might be resulting in lower T levels.
Since I found out about this a couple days ago, I started eating eggs again, in the hopes that it helps.
Yes 2.0 has ingredients that have the same effect on men as eating soy (isoflavones), and no that effect is not worrying. Isoflavones don’t lower T levels…
Literature online doesn’t seem to be as decisive as you are. I have seen that bodybuilding.com article, but I’ve also seen a fair number of other articles that say the opposite.
This is interesting, which cholesterol, HDL, or LDL? @iceboat, do keep us posted and also as lazyvegan said, stop 2.0 for a while and see, and start it again, and also tell us about what your pre 2.0 diet wass. This could be useful info for RL too.
I think I will try this, although it will be annoying to have to change things so much and have two boxes of 2.0 sitting around that I can’t use…
The question is also, how do you accurately measure libido, when so many things can factor into whether you want to “do it” or not, with stress being the biggest influence.
I’d like to say that I’m old enough to a have a pretty good grasp of my body, my personal moods and cycles. I’m very “aware” of my body and hormones. I have an active sex life and this past period has been very low-stress.
So glad I saw your post. Can confirm similar issue here.
I am also on an SSRI, Cipralex aka Lexapro aka Escitalopram. What medication were you on and what did you switch to? I am also using an alternate account for this reason I asked permission from a mod and they said it’s ok.