Don’t forget Soylent isn’t a diet or weight loss food. It’s just a food. So don’t expect magic from it. If you want to use it to lose weight you basically have to forfeit other foods like snacking. And that’s a very difficult step.
One serving of Ritz crackers is 80 calories. One serving is 5 crackers. And one slice of a Kraft Cheese is 25 calories. That’s already 105 of your daily calories. So now you’re down to just 1695 calories for the rest of the day, if you’re going by the 1800 calories a day. That’s more than a 5th less of a serving of Soylent you can have to maintain your 1800 calories. One once of peanuts is about 161 calories. One cup of grapes is 62 calories, if they’re fresh. Now if you’re having the kind of berries found in trail mix or nut mix jars then that would be about 434 calories for one cup of raisins. So assuming you have all of that, the dried fruit and salted nuts with one serving of crackers and cheese that’s about… 680 calories. So on the 1800 you only have 1120 calories left for the day. That’s just a little over half a pitcher of Soylent a day. And that’s assuming that’s the most you’re having of those snacks.
Calories are super hard to keep track of and super easy to go overboard with. And do you drink any juices or soda? That’s where a lot of calories add up quickly. A cup of orange juice is about 110 calories. A can of Coke is 140 calories. So if you drink just one cup or one can of one of those there goes that “just a little over” part of your daily Soylent. Do you drink coffee? More calories. Do you sweeten it with cream or sugar? That’s even more calories. They creep in everywhere.
It’s really a choice. Something like weightloss there is no half-assing it. It’s all or nothing. If you cheat you’re only cheating yourself. If you miscount calories then it will only negatively effect your efforts. I’ve been struggling with it myself for years. And to achieve the weight loss you gotta basically change your lifestyle and eating habits completely. Soylent is great for that, though, as it makes counting calories easier and gives you optimum nutrition. When you’re used to, as I am, munching on something when you watch your favorite show or have a snack while working it’s difficult to break that habit. You’re going to feel hungry especially in the beginning. But I say let that feeling be a reminder of what you’re trying to accomplish. Like being sore after a workout. Use it as a badge of success. It is not going to be easy and one big issue I’ve seen and experienced with trying to lose weight is trying to maintain a current lifestyle and lose weight. In my experience and observations that just doesn’t work. Your life needs to totally change. Drastic changes. What you’ve been doing up til now hasn’t worked, right? How is doing a slightly altered version of it going to work any better? You’ve gotta make a complete change. It will suck. But in the end if you stick with it and do it right, do it the healthy way, you will feel much better. Physically and about yourself.
All that’s not to say you can never enjoy food again. But limit your enjoyment of food. One hurdle for me is realizing that food is not entertainment. Food is to sustain life. You can enjoy good tasting food, sure, but in the end food is fuel for your body. I’d eat entire pizzas and containers of ice cream to fill the time, to taste and enjoy it just for the sake of tasting and enjoying it. That’s not what food is supposed to be. Try to reserve using food that way for special occasions. Birthdays, holidays, a celebration for sticking with it for a few months, etc.
Of course that’s just my advice. Everyone has different bodies that work in different ways. Mine is stubborn and all or nothing. It’s not easy, I miss using food as entertainment, but I know better now. And those foods are much more enjoyable now when I do have them.
I don’t know if any of my rambling will help. I didn’t mean to go on that much or that far. Maybe you can get something from it? Who knows. But either way good luck on your health journey!