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I first heard about Soylent a couple of years ago, when I read an article in the New Yorker about the stuff. Conceived by three men working on a tech startup, Soylent—a powder that contains all the calories, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients you need to live—was supposed to be the answer to the "problem" of certain meals. Instead of finding time to buy, cook, eat, and clean, you can simply mix a scoop of Soylent with a cup of water and get on with your life.

I Tried a Soylent-Only Liquid Diet

A couple months ago, I met with the co-founder and CMO of Soylent, David Rentein. He introduced me to Soylent 2.0, the newest version of Soylent, a premixed drink that took even more of the work out of fueling up. During our meeting, I took my first sip of Soylent 2.0. I was pleasantly surprised. It tasted, to me, like a thicker, oat-ier almond milk. The company shipped me 12 bottles, which I stuck under my desk and forgot about. Until a few weeks ago, that is, when I volunteered to live off the drinks for a few days and write about my experience.
I Tried a Soylent-Only Liquid Diet

The Rules

I agreed to spend three days—from Thursday to Saturday—living off Soylent 2.0. I also drank 8 ounces of coffee a day, and throughout the three days I had a Diet Coke (I know, I know—sneaking diet soda can mess with your diet) and a couple mints.
To be clear, three days isn't exactly groundbreaking. In fact, people have lived for much, much longer on Soylent alone. (This guydid it for 30 days!) I knew it was more than possible. I was more interested in what the no-solid-food diet would teach me about my eating habits. I was also secretly hoping it would break me of my sugar addiction. (Spoiler alert: It did not.)

A Caveat

"Living off Soylent is not something we encourage," cautioned Nicole Myers, the director of communications at Soylent, when I called to ask what I should know before my diet. While it's possible, the company really pictures most people using Soylent to replace what they call those "throwaway" meals—the bland salad you mindlessly munch on in front of the computer, or the jaw-numbing protein bar you bolt down because you need to eat right now and don't have time to get anything else. Instead, drink a bottle of nutritionally balanced, filling Soylent.
This also isn't a diet. Yes, you can lose weight on Soylent, but only because it makes it extremely easy to monitor your calorie intake. There's nothing inherently slimming about it. That said, I lost a few pounds—probably because I was taking in fewer calories that I do on a normal day since I wasn't mindlessly munching on snacks. (I've already gained them back.)

Lessons Learned

On the morning of my first day, I was apprehensive but excited. I figured I'd be able to finish the three days without much of a problem, and I did. I drank at least four 400-calorie bottles Soylent a day, usually sipping each over a couple hours, since chugging it made me a little queasy. While I occasionally felt an "I wish I could eat that" pang, I truly never felt hungry; the drink is surprisingly filling. I ran every day (four miles, three miles, one mile), and ran 9 miles on Sunday, the day I broke the "fast," and felt fine each time. TMI, but I fully did not poop for two out of the three days I drank Soylent. I attribute that to my not drinking enough water though that's speculation on my part. Nitty-gritty details aside, what I found most interesting about my Soylent diet was what abstaining from "real" food revealed about my relationship with my diet. Starting with the fact that...
I like thinking about eating.
During my first Soylent-only day, I spent a few hours on, reddit's community of Soylent enthusiasts. I came across quite a few users who really seemed to view food and eating as a nuisance or time suck. (Side note: Some users call non-Soylent food "muggle food," which is hilarious.) I do not relate to these people. I heart muggle food.
Weirdly, though, what I missed most wasn't the act of eating or any particular food (barring my pre-bedtime snack of frozen Sour Patch Kids, #realtalk). It was thinking about food. My first instinct when I sat down at my desk was to wonder what I could steal take from Shape's snack table—until I remembered, Oh wait, I'm not doing that today. On Friday, I went out to dinner to celebrate a friend's birthday, and I missed being able to check the menu beforehand and think about what I'd order.
When I was at dinner, though, the only times I really felt like I was missing out were (1) when the (oven-warm) bread was first brought to the table and (2) when my friends' entrees were set down. Both times the smell made me want food—for about five seconds. Then, I got wrapped back up in conversation with my friends and forgot that they were digging into (amazing-looking and smelling) entrees while I sipped a bland liquid.
I knew that I used eating as a way to relieve stress or give myself a mental break from the workday. On Soylent, I learned that just thinking about food serves the same purpose for me. When that was taken away from me, I became more productive—but I also missed the excuse to take a breather and dream about dinner.

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