This is my first post, so: hello, everyone.
I first learned about Soylent from a story on the internet (yahoo homepage news), and then became more intrigued by a one-page article in the latest issue of Popular Science Magazine. I have since been reading up on the evolution of the formula, the theories behind it all, and of the various DIY versions posted on the boards. I’ve also done my homework using the search option and found that several others are looking into using Soylent to complement their exercise routines, active lifestyles and recreations and saw the various suggestions for each, but I still didn’t find the answers for my particular situation.
I have absolutely no problem with weight gain; I’ve always been large (6’, 230 lbs as a bicycle messenger in San Francisco, 230 lbs in the military, 279 lbs now), so getting enough calories to maintain my size isn’t too much of an issue since I seem to gain weight simply by breathing in scents of food in passing. I am well into the beginning of a health regimen prescribed by my physician and I’m getting back into bicycling and weightlifting, but what really got me thinking is that I also enjoy extended hiking excursions and since food is the #1 weight concern while hiking, you can see where my interest in Soylent comes in here.
The point of all this long-winded build up is: Could Soylent be used by someone such as me (with a slow metabolism but a massive energy requirement) during extended periods of extreme exertion as a primary nutrition source? At home I’d plan on using it to replace 2 meals a day (since I do enjoy cooking and would like to have a sit-down dinner), but while out hiking for a week, I’d like nothing more than to leave the camp stove and fuel behind.
I have no interest in making my own formula; I’d rather support the development of the Soylent product itself, but I’m perfectly willing to supplement it if need be. My assumption is that Soylent, by itself, doesn’t contain enough protein and carbs to support extended periods of extreme exertion inherent in intense weightlifting, mountain-biking and “survivalist-style” camping.