Welcome! I’m also using Huel for sizable weight loss. Sending you positive thoughts!
I know I’m wordy! It’s even worse in person. Imagine how my friends and family feel!
I recommend following Huel’s instructions of easing into it. Add 1 shake for 3 - 5 days, then 2 for that length, etc… It’s a change to your system. Some people have gassy issues for awhile. It seems to pass for most of us once our gut adjusts.
It’s more filling to use 3 scoop shakes, but many prefer the texture of 2 scoops. I do a combination. I’m hungrier at lunch and dinner, so use 3 scoops for those meals, but having four 2 scoop shakes works for me too. It’s pretty effortless to mix up. Expect to adjust it to your palate and needs.
There’s a place on the Huel website that will help you calculate how many calories you need to lose a specific amount in a week. That will give you an idea of how many scoops in a day you need. Many use a scale to be even more accurate in weighing the powder.
The mixins are something you can play with to suit your individual tastes. I recommend rotating flavor profiles so as not to get bored. I use water or unsweetened cashew or coconut milk as my liquid. Watch those added calories too though. The side of the shaker bottle lists ml measurements.
I personally prefer unsweetened peanut butter powder, the chocolate Huel flavor packet (sometimes mixed with a bit of coconut extract), almond extract, or just a hefty spoonful of cinnamon, etc…or often plain with no additions. I generally use a combination of the Vanilla and the unflavored /unsweetened. Although sometimes just the vanilla. Sometimes just the U/U with mixins.
I add erythritol to the unflavored/unsweetened. It’s a granulated sugar alcohol that tastes much better to me than other artificial sweeteners and hasn’t got the calories of honey or other sugars. Xylitol is tasty as well (another sugar alcohol). It has a low glycemic index too. But that one has calories. 40% less than sugar, but calories nonetheless. I sometimes use it in my morning coffee. These don’t have the aftertaste for me that other sweeteners tend to have. I read somewhere that they are also healthier options.
I talked in other threads about using the U/U powder to make a version of a Bloody Mary. That helps me when I crave something savory. I sometimes also just sip a plain cup of hot broth. Better than Bullion brand is low calorie, fast, and easy to make to fight that craving. The vegetable stock is pretty good. Keep an eye on sodium though. Or make your own homemade lower sodium stock and freeze it in ice cube trays and then pop them into a freezer bag.
Drink alot of water as well! It will help with feeling fuller and you really need more than you’d imagine.
Read thru this forum. There are many ideas here that will really help you.
I don’t specifically eat at any preset hour. I wake up and take pills for my thyroid that don’t like food sigh wait 30-45 minutes, have coffee and mix a Huel. After my coffee, I drink my breakfast. And space the others thru my day. It’s very fluid and not everything works for everyone. I encourage you to make it easy for your schedule and needs. It took me a little trial and error. There’s no single right way to do it, except YOUR way.
It keeps me satisfied, not stuffed but full. It was harder right at first. I do get cravings of course, but once I got adjusted to the routine, it’s been better. Just keep your goals in mind! Envision yourself succeeding when you want pie or whatever. Mmmm pie… Picture you at a healthy weight. Doing more and more things you enjoy. The craving will pass. Try to do something else to put it out of your mind.
I haven’t tried the cappuccino flavor yet. Someone else will have to weigh in on that. I don’t know if it has added caffeine. Those mix ins are strongly flavored, you only add a teaspoon or so.
Good luck to you! Please stay on the forum and let us know how you’re doing. There’s some very helpful people on here that can answer most anything you throw at them. Food journals also help. Some here use Fitness Pal as well. Find what helps you to stay engaged and accountable.