I’m a little spontaneous and get excited about NEW and DIFFERENT ways of doing things so when I learned about Soylent, I got a little hooked. And it might be a good way of losing the extra belly fat or body weight.
The owners claim that Soylent can deliver all the nutitional requirements that the body needs.
I’ve read some stuff about Soylent initially last December and the articles made me really curious to learn more about it in my search of healthy products.
Here’s a little background about Soylent and its founder:
In 2013, Rob Rhinehart announced his plans on making a powdered mix drink that he believes will meet all the nutritional requirements needed by everybody. He called it Soylent. Rhinehart is a techie who wanted to maximize his efficiency eliminating the time needed to cook and consume solid food. He griped about the inefficiency of food and said that our eating habits are stuck in the industrial revolution. His initiative then became a crowd-funding campaign which raised $1.5 million in preorders. It became one of the largest crowd-funding campaigns ever.
Rob believes that the days of living solely off powders and vitamins isn’t as far away as we think. He thinks that science can feed humanity.. even better than nature can. He wanted something like Soylent to help solve massive problems like world hunger, obesity and nutritional deficiency, and have less environmental impact to our degrading planet.
But is the claim true?? Can Soylent be a food replacement?
The fact is, Rob doesn’t suggest that we need to give up food altogether. He says that we can still eat food because we want to not because we have to. We can give up food altogether which is possible with Soylent he claims.
Before formally launching the meal-replacement Soylent, he began experimenting the recipe on himself. He improvised and adjusted different doses and types of nutrients, sometimes putting himself at risk in the process.
It is something that is a LOT different than solid food, although there have been protein shakes and meal replacements that have circled around our grocery shelves over the decades.. It is the striking concept behind it that is most notable, and aims to be revolutionary.
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Here are the Soylent claims:
1. Soylent provides all the energy and nutrients the body needs.
2. The body can absorb all the nutrients Soylent provides.
3. Soylent makes one more alert.
4. Soylent can help people cut fat and maintain good body weight.
5. Soylent saves time and money.
6. And at the end of the day: Soylent isn’t dangerous.
Ok. I’ll let you be the judge of these claims and hopefully the experiments below will provide you with enough knowledge about its impact.
Here are abridged and edited versions of some non-employee experimental anecdotes done with just strictly Soylent and no food:
Below is the article that I read back in December.
Soylent: What Happened When I Stopped Eating For 2 Weeks by Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss published this 2 week-experiment on a Soylent-exclusive diet in 2013. This focused on the experience of Shane Snow, a best-selling author and journalist, who asked Rhinehart if he can get his hands on it so he can perform a firsthand experiment.
Shane’s a pretty health conscious guy who ran 3 miles 3 times per week. Despite following an above-average diet, he has an out of shape body and doesn’t get all the needed vitamins and minerals. Enter Soylent, which Rhinehart claims contains all the needed nutrients that the body needs.
Shane completed all the necessary tests that were needed for baseline data in this unique experiment including tests on fasting blood, body composition and weight, and mental alertness. He also wore a bracelet that tracked his steps and sleep. He was determined to eliminate variables which can alter the results of the experiment. Finally, he was set and ready…
His first taste of Soylent was fine… not bad and familiar even. Later on, he experienced a mild acid reflux and his throat felt like it was on fire. He then realized that what he experienced was because he was psyching himself out for the weeks to come with the idea of no solid food. By the end of Day 3, he had a monster canker sore on his bottom lip.
By day 4, he was feeling noticeably great. He did a marathon writing session in which he noticed that his focus greatly improved. The burning throat reflux was gone but his canker sore was still there. His poop even looked like Soylent. XD
By days 7-9, he stopped craving food, felt more energetic and invincible even. By day 8 tho, he experienced a bad vertigo in the afternoon which recurred the next afternoon. He found out that it was because he started mixing the concoction by hand when his blender broke. Scooping out large chunks and eating the mixture unproportionately. Buying a new blender on day 9 did the trick and he started feeling normal again.
By days 10-13, His energy levels had risen at an all-time high and was feeling hyperactive. He realized that he was feeling extra energetic because he was no longer using food as a procrastination method in his life. This made him more productive and wired to do things like writing. He was happy and felt lighter inside.. Felt that life was starting to feel simple…
The final day came as a surprise to him and made him wish that he can do another 2 weeks on Soylent. It was a cleansing and an awakening moment for him… and he liked IT!
As for his data post experiment, all his results turned out normal and even better than his baseline tests. Blood test indicated lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) stayed the same. Quantified-Mind revealed that he became mentally alert and snappy, reaction times were reduced. Other tests revealed no weird heart rate and sleep issues, and he slept better than normal.
These are truly great signs and that’s brave of him to be one of the first ones to conduct a 2-week experiment on an unfamiliar powder drink.
If you want a weekly diary of his whole experience, check out the Related Posts section on the right of the article.
It was crop dusting for Josh in his first days on Soylent. His stomach was audibly gurgling and his farts were becoming unbearable by passersby. By day 5, he felt light headed and nauseous after a 5K race on a hilly course which made him pessimistic about the experiment. He figured the next day that he had to develop a Stoic mentality to get through the day.
By day 9, he realized that the goopy concoction gave him more energy and alertness, and he became more productive compared to eating junk food. Well, that should be a given. XD He didn’t have a black out or a collapse even after an exhausting and hot local race. His focus and mental alertness increased especially in long drives. He still missed food and the pleasure from it but he needed to get through another week…
By day 14, he managed to pull off a 60-mile run and had enough energy to do so which was amazing and pretty unexpected especially that he only relied on this powdered blend.
By day 21, his farts became really bad. He noticed though that it was his first solid run since on Soylent. He noticed that his legs weren’t heavy and didn’t feel cement-like anymore since abandoning solid foods. He started adding peanut butter because he wasn’t getting enough protein. He felt incredible, relaxed and rarely felt this great even before Soylent.
Day 22 was when he realized that he missed family time… his wife. Because of Soylent, he was missing out on dinner time which was a time for sharing, loving and sharing a genuine time with your loved ones.
By day 27. he visited his parents’ house. His dad made pancakes which made him try Soylent pancakes. And guess what! The mixture slowly disintegrated! XD
Finally, it was the end of 30 days. He still had some food cravings but gained a few memorable insights. He was happy to undergo the experiment and learned to appreciate the little things in life and food in particular. And being all the more excited for solid food, his dad texted him at 10pm to go to the Waffle House at midnight. He had forgotten the sensations of real food and with every flavorful bite he almost cried.
He did blood tests on his first and last day. His first day returned some out of the range results, and on his last day his results came back completely normal. He increased productivity and mental alertness, and had an experience like no other. He still preferred food in the end tho because of his value placement on pleasure but Soylent became a keeper for him. It gained him the knowledge that he can jump right into the day knowing that there is something a lot more convenient to snack on and provide him with the necessary nutrients.
Some worthy quotations:
Shane Snow said…
“It’s meant to be a health simplification diet. And that it absolutely was. Shockingly, so, I might add, because I expected to be miserable the whole time and was in fact quite happy. Beyond the time savings (and not having to think about food much), I was struck by how much easier it was to stick to a diet as simple as Soylent versus any other diet I’ve tried. As they say, it’s easier to be 100% obedient to a diet than 99%. Soylent left no room for debate, and therefore turned out to be quite easy… By far, the most interesting result to me was the cost and time savings of living on Soylent. I saved $200 during my trial. This is good news for the company’s greater mission of combating world hunger—especially since I imagine they’ll be able to manufacture and ship the stuff to impoverished areas at much cheaper than the kickstarter price. (One side note: the use of Soylent requires access to clean water, so there will be additional logistical challenges to making a “cure-all” for the world’s starving.)… My two weeks of Soylent is just a data point among a flood of results that will come out as the powder hits the market this fall. Long-term, clinical trials are certainly going to go a long way to proving the stuff’s effectiveness and safety to a degree that will not leave nutritionists nervous. But in my limited data set, signs point in a positive direction for the Soylent crew.”
Rhinehart tried to explain his end goal by saying…
“We’re definitely not trying to compete with the experience of your mom’s cooking. Our goal is to make food more like water.”
Afterword from Tim Ferriss
“I commend the Soylent team for attempting to simplify food. The problems of nutrition and world hunger are worth tackling… Nutrition and people are not one-size-fits-all. The human body isn’t well understood at all. This doesn’t mean you can’t attempt to create good nutritional products; it does mean you need to mind your claims.”
Now there were some weaknesses in their data but nevertheless, both Shane and Josh became healthier after a Soylent-only diet. Their productivity and mental alertness increased, and had an experience like no other. Their experiences had different emotional and psychological impact on them, one being more positive (Shane) than the other (with respect to how they liked Soylent).
We can’t surely ascertain if the improvements were caused by Soylent or some external factor, but I think I can deduce that drinking Soylent (and water) only is not as dangerous and is actually feasible as long as it’s not conducted in a more extended amount of time.
I recommend trying Soylent but based on these experiences and the ones I came across online, I wouldn’t totally abandon food for it especially for longer than a month, at least for me. But if you’re really eager to try this out as a total replacement for a couple weeks, I would say watch out for symptoms that may arise, try to do some tests (if you can), and ask for your doctor’s advice especially if you have a medical condition to ensure your safety. Further research and long-term testing should be done with this product.
Having said that, it doesn’t have to be exclusive or taken without food. In fact, in can be used as a supplement just like protein shakes and smoothies to add to your regular diet. Make sure to look at the ingredients though so that you won’t be going over your nutritional requirements everyday. Try to balance it out and see how this drink affects and changes you. 🙂
You can save a lot of money with Soylent since it causes much less than regular nutritious food and is less time-consuming. But don’t forget to be cautious and watch out for symptoms. You’ll most likely lose those extra body fat if you try it so I think it’s worth a shot.. if you’re into “crazy and different”! 😀
Here are some product recommendations if you wanna try and see what the fuss is about. 🙂 These are cheaper and will save you a lot of money.
Here’s a complete meal replacement if you’re really serious about trying out Soylent:
Soylent Meal Replacement Powder, Original, 2.3 Pound
Grab-and-go single meal replacements for those with a busy lifestyle:
Soylent Coffiest Ready to Drink Breakfast, 14 oz Bottles, 12 Pack
Soylent Meal Replacement Drink, Cacao, 14 oz Bottles, Pack of 12
Soylent Meal Replacement Drink, Original, 14 Fl Oz (Pack of 12)
Australian-made Oz Soylent:
Here’s another good meal replacement if you wanna burn fat faster:
I’ve been getting questions as to how long it will take to get the tight abs or reduce belly fat significantly but it all depends on a lot of factors which I talked about in my How to lose belly fat and get abs! BETTER RESULTS FAST!! post like your lifestyle, stress level, hydration, exercise, diet, sleep, motivation, BODY SIZE (which is very important to consider as well), etc. If your diet will only be Soylent for the next few weeks, you can expect to get faster results but do proceed with caution. If you work hard in every aspect you will surely achieve flat abs in less time!! You can actually see a great improvement in a week if you adhere to my tips.. You can achieve great abs in a month, 2 months or so but you have to be consistent and motivated! 🙂
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