TLDR: went keto, love keto. KCCO.
I went to a keto soylent about a month ago… I love it. It’s delicious, and I’m down about another 20 lbs since I made the switch, yeah, I know, 5 or 10 of that was water. While I do control my calories to keep up the weight loss, I’ve found that ketosis seems to be more forgiving to me if I do eat extra, as in if I eat 500 kcal more today than normal I will still be down a bit of weight tomorrow, where before I could have counted on a gain.
I’ve been playing with keto recipes for several months now, and I tried going full into two prior recipes… those attempts didn’t end well. My previous attempts were not palatable enough, and I droped each experiment after about two weeks. This go I am really pleased with the recipe and expect to keep at it for the foreseeable future, though once I do get to my goal weight I may switch to a low carb rather than keto diet, we’ll see.
I’m up to version 9.3 (yikes I’ve been after this too long) and found the flavored whey to be awesome, it really helped get the recipe where I wanted. I’m using NutraBio , but I imagine any clean, flavored whey you like would work well. So far I’ve tried almost all of their flavors (only orange left to try, and it’s mixed and chilling for tomorrow) and have been pleased, the original mint in the recipe is still a favorite, the chocolate and vanilla are good, but better when mixed, as is mixing chocolate with cappuccino, yum. My least favorite was the cinnamon bun, followed by banana, but they weren’t bad, and I imagine I’ll be ordering both again. As a bonus, a 2 lb tub is just right to mix up a 10 day bulk batch, (cheese puff container FTW, thanks @Chris_Bair) though buying larger tubs of whey is cheaper.
This recipe does use a little bit of heavy cream, which I expect helps the palatability as well, but it can be easily removed without destroying the micros, just add more oil to make up for the lost calories. On that note, you can also easily taylor the calories up or down for your needs by adjusting the oil, if you’re using MCT it will be flavorless. I’ll be trying it without the cream soon, but have really been enjoying it as is and didn’t want to remove it while playing with different flavors of whey, though I expect it will still work well.
I would advise that if you decide to go this route, you go all in, don’t cheat when you’re eating muggle food. I’ve found it to actually be pretty easy to stick with (haven’t cheated yet, or really even wanted too) even when eating out, most restaurants will have some carb free’ish choices that will keep you on track, and many now offer carb free as an option (had lunch Sunday at Red Robin, they will give you any sandwich on a lettuce bun, and you can substitute a bottomless salad for the fries.)
I’ve never gone through keto flu, and I’ve gone into keto now three times, but many do. Just be ready for a few bad days when you start in case you do, and prepare ahead of time by insuring you’re getting all your electrolytes.
Just a housekeeping note: my above recipe hasn’t been made ready for public release yet, mainly just meaning I need to take some time to write a good note section, but it’s there if you want it. Most of what you may need to know will be in the notes of my other public recipes if you’re interested, it just won’t be keto specific.