Soylent measurements don't add up


#1

I started using Soylent yesterday. According to the prep page, each scoop contains 270 calories, and two scoops is a meal. I had a two-scoop lunch yesterday, and a three-scoop “brunch” today.

My Soylent pouch was exactly empty on five scoops.

The prep page also says the entire package contains 2,010 calories.

Something must be off here.

Did I have 540 and 810 calories, respectively? Or 804 and 1,206? (what you get if you take 2,010 calories and divide by 5).


#3

I came here to note the same thing! I wonder if this is specific to this newest batch… It seems like a new complaint? I’m really confused since I’m a small woman, and the whole bag is too many calories for me. I need to be able to measure out the appropriate amount without over or under eating… So confused!


#4

With the current scoop you should have ~5 scoops per bag. They ordered the scoops before v1.0 was finalized, so they had to guesstimate the scoop volume.


#5

The Soylent scoops don’t contain all the calories, the rest is in the oil.


#6

@Benji - according to the prep page the caloric quantities per scoop that I measured were including the oil. I think you are right though that the numbers shown on the prep page actually don’t include the oil (which you correctly point out is a different error attributing a wrong number of calories to a scoop). It would be nice if Soylent would correct the info on their prep page.


#7

So do the new shipments of soylent have the correct sized scoop or is there any idea when the correct sized scoops will be implemented?


#8

No, still the same scoop. They have not updated it, and have not said if/when they will.


#9

I still don’t understand why anyone prepares Soylent by the scoop. Do they just not have the pitcher (or a comparable one)? It seems far more sensible to me to just mix up the entire pouch and drink until it’s all gone. Even if it takes you 2-3 days, there’s no problem there with the Soylent.

Maybe there’s a really sensible reason for doing this that I’m not seeing.


#10

The powder keeps longer, so if you’re just making a meal or two, you put the leftover powder in a ziploc baggy. You could freeze leftover Soylent, but it’s easier to do the baggies. For people doing mostly or 100% Soylent, the pitchers definitely work out as the better option, but the sporadic users need a better measurement option.


#11

I’ve been using one scoop a day because if I drink anymore than that it results in excessive amounts of gas. If I made a pitcher it would take me 5 days to finish it.


#12

Ahh ok, I guess if you drink a very small quantity per day, then yeah it might go bad too quickly. I didn’t take into account single individuals only using Soylent occasionally.


#13

Ok, so I would love a confirmation of the following deductions:

The calorie count of the full packet & and oil bottle of Soylent is 2010 calories.
A scoop of soylent is 1/5 serving, which should be mixed with roughly 1/5 of the oil for 402 calories.

In the above official comment it says there should be 3.5 meals of Soylent, but it should say 2.5 meals when defining a meal as 2 scoops.

In other words…

1 Bag + oil bottle = (444 grams powder) + oil = 3 servings = 2.5 scoops = 2010 calories
1 Serving/meal = 1/3 bag + 1/3 oil bottle = (148 grams powder) + oil = 670 calories = 1 and 2/3 scoop
1 Scoop = 1/5 bag + 1/5 oil bottle = (~89 grams powder) + oil = ~402 calories = ~3/5 serving

Correct?


#14

From what is mentioned above 1 bag is 3 servings, and if I remember correctly 1 serving is 670 calories with oil. So your “In other words…” are all correct.

My first day with Soylent was Saturday and I’m easing into it as recommended, and I find that 1 scoop makes for a decent breakfast, and with only that, I ended up following up my ~3/5 serving with a 60 mile bike ride which was tracked by Strava as burning 2000 calories over 4 hours. Without Soylent, I’d have had a tough time making it home after that long of a ride. Then got home and had a recovery drink at like 9am and then normal meals the rest of the day.


#15

That’s why I started with only one a day.


#16

I just tested, got a little more than 5 scoops. I’ve been counting my calorie intake wrong because I was measuring 2010cal/7scoops (or 3.5 meals)


#17

I find the scoop measurements can vary. Packed firm, etc. I prefer weight measurements instead. or separate into 4 separate baggies for 500 kcal each.

john