I’m currently doing a Soylent-only diet (Rosa Labs version for the last ~3.5 months) mainly to massively simplify my food needs. It’s had a side effect of losing weight (~25 pounds so far), an effect I figured would happen, but hadn’t been trying to optimize for. Since I’m only consuming soylent, it’s made me wonder whether we (as a community) know (or at least think we know) what the ‘optimal’ parameters are when doing a soylent-only diet and targeting weight loss as the primary goal.
- Soylent will be the only food consumed
- The same amount of soylent will be consumed each day
- The same schedule of soylent consumption will be used each day (only varying as required by scheduling issues)
- There is no difficulty for the user to maintain this diet
- There is a significant amount of weight to lose (~100 lbs, for instance)
- Type of soylent?
- Keto? Regular? Other?
- Calorie target?
- Function of BMR? Or always some fixed value like 1200?
- Consumption pattern?
- Intermediate fasting approach like only eating between noon and 8pm?
- Smaller meals spread throughout the day?
- Rate of weight loss?
- Is there a maximum rate that’s “safe”?
- Maximum preservation of lean muscle tissue without requiring any particular sets of exercise
- Strength training may help, for instance, but shouldn’t be required as part of the recommendation
- Most body-friendly rate of weight loss
- For instance, if losing over a particular rate causes health problems, then that should be noted
Secondary (less important) goals
- Simple to prepare (more steps or external ingredients to add mean more complexity)
- Less expensive
Current guesses (please give feedback/corrections!)
- Keto soylent is better than regular soylent for muscle tissue preservation
- Keto soylent is better than regular soylent for speed of weight loss
- Consuming soylent via intermediate fasting is better than spread throughout the day
- Daily caloric total shouldn’t go below 1000 calories
- Daily caloric deficit shouldn’t exceed 1500 calories (very unsure of this)