Soylent is dubbed a “meal substitute” by one of it’s creators, Rob Rhinehart, and boasts that one could potentially live on this stuff and nothing else.
Soylent is a powder mixed with water which provides essentially all the nutrients, from a chemical basis, that the body needs to sustain itself in a healthy manner, leaving out all the bad stuff that typically comes with normal food. It’s supposed to provide all the nutrients and calories you need daily through 3 “meals” of it each day.
Learn more at their website, http://soylent.me
I’ve just learned about this product a couple of weeks ago and was instantly interested in it. I’m the type of person who yo-yo diets and I know its bad. I’ll get gung-ho about eating right and exercising for months or a year at a time, then fall off the wagon and get back into eating horribly and not exercising.
After I was out of the Marines for several years I ended up gaining a lot off weight. I ended up at 260 pounds at my worst in 2007. Then I decided to eat right and lost 91 pounds that year on diet alone. I kept the weight off for quite a while and then ended up at 230 pounds again several years later.
This time, I decided to join a gym and with the help of a friend, I stuck with it and ate properly for more than a year and I ended up in great shape for quite a while again.
Things change, people move on and so is life. I’ve fallen off that wagon again and am currently eating poorly again and not exercising. Today I am 224.4 pounds and have diabetes, type II. My sugar is way out of whack and I fear that I may need to start taking insulin shots if the pills my doctor prescribes doesn’t help enough.
So my hope with Soylent is that first, I like it or can tolerate it. Secondly, and probably most importantly, that I can sustain consuming it as my primary intake of sustenance. That is going to be the toughest part for me I think. But if I can maintain it, I also hope to lose weight, by not overeating and eating poorly and help control my diabetes. I’d also like to feel better overall, physically and maybe even mentally. I often have afternoon crashes where I need to lay down for a nap and most mornings have to drag myself out of bed.
I ordered a 1 week supply of Soylent for $85, which was the least expensive option to get started with. They’ve just started filling orders for the general public in late April and shipping estimates are 10-12 weeks. So it’s going to be a while before I get started.
I’ve restructured my website’s handling of blog posts to accommodate a separate Soylent blog. All my usual stuff will still hit the front page, but all Soylent related posts will end up on this page. I hope to keep a continuing dialog here and to post helpful and informative information here.