Ok, here we go! I’ll try to keep these short and sweet!
First, the reason I switched from food to Soylent. I have had some weight issues in the past. I had a rough year personally and this caused me to stop watching my weight completely. My peak was last week, at 262 lbs. I’m 6’2" and have a large frame (I was built for football!), so I’m plenty fat but not fat fat, if you know what I mean (at least not yet). I’d love to lose 50lbs. So, my main reason for switching to Soylent is the freedom from overeating. I’m not a ‘hungry guy,’ but I don’t leave food on my plate. I can fast better than anyone I know, as long as there’s no food around, I almost never get hungry (even when I’m not fat). But put an entire pizza in front of me, and I’ll destroy it. It’s a curse.
My wife is also doing Soylent!
I was able to start early thanks to @bryce_leo, who generously sold me his month of Soylent (at cost!! hero!!) last week while waiting for my own to come in. Day 1 was Sunday the 8th, so here I am at the end of week 1.
We are on the 95% Soylent plan, replacing all our non social meals (which are not often). Tomorrow we will be having our first food, ballpark food on Father’s day.
Besides Soylent, I drink 1-2 cups of coffee a day. I also grow and drink about 2oz of wheatgrass juice a day.
-Weight loss! That’s why I’m here! However, this is a bit of fool’s gold and I’m well aware of it. My weight has fluctuated in the past, and I know those first few pounds don’t really count. But hey - you have to lose those before you can lose the rest. I ended the week at 256.0 lbs.
-Time saved! This one is obvious, but it can’t be understated. You don’t realize how much time you spend cooking and cleaning until you replace it with shaking a bottle a couple times a day and washing 2 dishes
-100% satisfying. This one may not apply to everyone, however. I very rarely get hungry (see intro). After an entire week, if this is going to become a problem I would have expected it to by now.
-The taste. Huge surprise here. I wouldn’t say I love it, but I definitely like it. It’s 100% liquid but I almost enjoy chewing it, hard to describe. But two thumbs up here.
-Gas. Anyone who posts about gas issues isn’t kidding. My worst days were 1, 2, and 6. After day 2 I thought they were subsiding, but yesterday was revenge of the bowels. I am in a much better situation than most others here because I don’t have to worry about a spouse who isn’t on Soylent (she’s got it too, but not as bad as me), and I work from home.
-Fatigue. Day 2 and 3, I was very tired. I suspect this was my body’s reaction to what was probably a huge drop in calorie intake.
-Headaches. These were minor but they were there, day 2 and 3. They have gone away since. I read here it could be from the increase in potassium, who knows? As long as they stay gone, I don’t care.
-Loss of strength. Was doing the normal weekend yard work today and it was hitting me hard.
That’s it! 1 week down, the rest of my life to go, see you next week!
Here’s a pic of the only cupboard we need anymore