My Huel Story,
Towards the latter half of February I woke up at about 6am, prior to going skiing, and started scrolling through my Facebook feed. An ad for Huel popped up and caught my attention. I was not actively looking for any kind of food replacement, but I started looking into it. I was at 199lbs, the heaviest I have ever been, and thought- I will never allow myself to go to 200lbs. I ordered Huel and started doing Huel 2x per day- breakfast and lunch, around March 4. I would continue to eat whatever I wanted for dinner. I was limiting myself to 1600 calories a day based on the Huel calorie calculations of how I can back to 172 by the end of June.
After 3 weeks of Huel x 2 I was down to 193…. Not bad at all. Then, while looking up other Huel users Youtube videos, I found out about intermittent fasting (IF). I watched a few videos by a Dr. Berg, and it seemed to make 100% sense to me. I’m not going to try and explain the full theory of IF, just watch some videos and they will explain better than I can.
I would continue to limit myself to 1600 calories a day, and only eat between Noon and 8 PM. I was doing 2 scoops of Huel (vanilla with mint choc flavoring) around 12 PM (350 calories) and then again around 3:30 PM (350 calories) and then I would have whatever my family was having for dinner. Pizza, diner burgers, whatever crap I wanted. I would usually still end up eating under 1600 calories for the day.
So, from March 4 to June 7- I am down to 175 lbs, my lowest in 20 years. While I credit most of this to IF I can say I have been eating less crap than before Huel. I don’t eat breakfast and I don’t order out or get delivery for lunch every day.
Between Huel and Fasting I lost 24 pounds in 3 months, and I haven’t always been consistent with the Huel but I have followed the 12pm-8pm eating plan strictly. Sometimes I continue to get lunch with everyone at work, but then I don’t eat until dinner time so I am still under the 1600 calories.
I have put minimal effort into this weight loss. Every day I’m hungry around 10AM but hold out until noon. Im hungry around 230 pm- but I have a snack if I want since it falls within my eating time period. I then eat dinner around 730pm.
IF is the only thing that has ever worked for me. I think I can stick to IF forever…
For anyone who is doing Huel for weight loss, try the 16x8 Intermittent Fasting. 16 hrs no food- 8 hrs food. Figure out your calorie goals for each day and work Huel into the 8 hour window. Watch some quality Youtube videos on it, I think Dr. Berg’s are great but there are thousands of others as well.
PS- unflavored Huel sucks…