I’m on a weight loss mission. I’m 5’5", 176.4 lbs, in otherwise good health. I’m almost 33, quit smoking almost 5 years ago, and just recently decided I want between 10%-14% body fat, to be able to run, and be in otherwise great health. Soylent is going to be the fuel for my health ambitions. I will be eating nothing but soylent for the next 140 days.
I zeroed in on my recipe. It’s got a couple of little bits over the RDA, it’s a tad low on phosphorous, but everything is well under the ULs, and it tastes delicious due to the molasses and vanilla extract. I couldn’t keep myself from licking the mixing bowl. Possibly it’s part excitement, but it’s a great, hearty flavor.
Tomorrow I’ll star the supplement regimen, taking it easy on the potassium. Like a dummy, I purchased a bottle of potassium citrate caps that have 99 mg in each cap. I’d need 33 of them to reach the RDA. I’m going to try out emptying 10 into the mix to see if that impacts the flavor badly. I’ll also try it alongside 4g of regular coffee. That would provide ~40% or so, which puts the recipe at 75% complete. 8 more caps, if the flavor is ok, would get me where I want to be. Makes me wonder how much the lust for coffee is augmented by potassium deficiency.
I’ll be consuming it in 4 daily portions. One for breakfast, one for lunch, one for dinner, one about 2 hours before I go to bed. I’ll take my vitamins throughout the day until I can get a better mix that doesn’t need supplementation (read: real Soylent.) I’m considering adding instant coffee to the mix, since I like caffeine and the taste of coffee. Instant coffee also happens to be a decent source of potassium - if I like flavor, I may use decaf as my primary potassium source and divvy it up between the first two portions. With a healthy mix of caffeinated coffee - I do like my caffeine, even though I’ve been off it for several months. I’ll give it a shot with my first shake of the day tomorrow morning.
This mix has 1700 calories. My BMR is around 2400, meaning I’ll have a 700 calorie deficit each day. I’ll be using an elliptical walker or jogging each morning. I’ll tweak my water intake as I go, until I find the right balance. The RDA’s for water I’ve found vary between 3L and 3.7L, and don’t take into account the lack of real food. I’m also using flaxseed and oats for fiber, so that will bring the requirement up a bit. the macros will adjust as my weight and health require. The micros will adjust as the recipe evolves and I acquire more raw sources.
My goal is to lose 26 pounds and cut my body fat index down between 10%-14%. I’m going to start jogging each morning, until I can run, and then I’ll up the intensity of my running to match my weight loss goal. My New Year’s resolution this year is to be in badass shape on New Year’s eve.
I couldn’t wait. I only ate lunch today, and decided to start on my first meal tonight. I used too much water, but even so, it’s delicious. And everything I wanted it to be.