19 Mar 2013

Want to Lose Weight and Feel Better? Just Give Up Food

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Rob lives on a carefully-constructed drink, containing all essential nutrients, which he calls “Soylent.”

Rob Rhinehart
tells us:

Food is the fossil fuel of human energy. It is an enormous market full of waste, regulation, and biased allocation with serious geo-political implications. And we’re deeply dependent on it. In some countries people are dying of obesity, others starvation. In my own life I resented the time, money, and effort the purchase, preparation, consumption, and clean-up of food was consuming. I am pretty young, generally in good health, and remain physically and mentally active. I don’t want to lose weight. I want to maintain it and spend less energy getting energy.

I hypothesized that the body doesn’t need food itself, merely the chemicals and elements it contains. So, I resolved to embark on an experiment. What if I consumed only the raw ingredients the body uses for energy? Would I be healthier or do we need all the other stuff that’s in traditional food? If it does work, what would it feel like to have a perfectly balanced diet? I just want to be in good health and spend as little time and money on food as possible.

I haven’t eaten a bite of food in 30 days, and it’s changed my life.


And what exactly is in Soylent? Rob isn’t telling. He’s afraid it might not suit your metabolism. You might croak on a diet of the stuff, and your survivors might sue him. But, he is offering to send you a free supply, if you get medically tested before and after trying his diet and then inform him of your results. link

It seems to me that a clever fellow could synthesize the same sort of thing just as well or, dare I say it? even better than good old Rob. For instance, I bet a little vodka would help a lot…. (sound of loud, echoing manaical laughter coming from the laboratory)

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That was my quandary, I felt better if I didn’t eat. I did consider that a losing strategy in the long run. Doing well on a low carb diet now. I’m not sure I could drink “soylent” though.

I wonder why this hasn’t been tried, clinically, before. Seems it would be a real boon for military or space operations. I would wonder if not using your alimentary canal for a long period might cause long term changes that ends your ability to get off the liquid. Plus, it seems the mix is a bit individualized.

Not to mention the enjoyment of food as a sensory pleasure. Perhaps taking the “soylent” indulgence into the finer sensory pleasures of food without dulling the senses with workaday consumption. Being off carbs, I do look for the more tasty carb foods if I indulge. If you only get one piece of chocolate, you splurge for the finest chocolate you can afford.


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