The Story, part 2

How we came upon certain British DIY recipe, lamented upon macronutrients, decided the right ratios and adjusted the recipe for our needs.

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Shouldn’t we at least give it a try?

Why not!

It was probably one of our better days (perhaps we hadn’t saved the world for some time then or anything of that kind) or we simply had too much work to do and the procrastination was required, but this time, we actually really jumped to it.

So we decided to score our own recipe with the help of the online editor. This decision lasted for at least 10 minutes – right until I declared “this is way too complicated” (what a surprise) and until Juro saved the situation with “Look, this one’s from the UK, we could do that”.

The numbers were wrong though. We noticed that the recipe is not the only important thing here, you have to consider so-called “nutrient profile” which the recipe targets. It’s mainly about the ratio of calories gained from the main components of food – macronutrients (a wise word for the trinity of carbohydrates, proteins and fats).

The basic nutrient profile (from which the Soylent and Mana derive) has the ratio of calories (or the kilocalories, but everyone seems to omit the kilo part nowadays – kilo here, kilo there, whatever) somewhere around 50% carbohydrates, 30% proteins, 20% fats.

This number, or a combination of numbers is listed (apart from other places) in “national” nutritional tables or recommendations. It’s pretty similar in the US and in Slovakia. And precisely these numbers from these tables are considered authoritative, even though the calculations are more often than not quite old and not corresponding with our contemporary knowledge of nutrition. (On the tables and the numbers in them – we definitely plan to give this topic more coverage sometime in the future).


Not long ago we had this “keto” and “low-carb” phase, when we were eating “keto fruit” and in the next moment we weren’t, as it wasn’t sufficiently low-carb, so we switched to curds, tunas and other delicacies for the badasses. Which, by the way, didn’t last too long (anyone still surprised?).
But some of the ideas and knowledge from that period stuck in our minds and as the truly modern men, we decided it shall be low carb.

Truth is, we spend most of our days staring at the computer screen and as such we’re not burning many calories and on the other hand “boo, the sugar kills you”. And then we found this and as we certainly are some bodybuilders (at least in the bar we always know how much we would press on the bench), we saw that “all we need is maintenance – for now”.

But in the British recipe we started with, the most of the calories come from the proteins and we don’t really feel like losing weight today (weight loss part of the article on And we don’t need that, anyway!

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