One Month of Huel (2 meals/day)

Just wanted to report on my first month of Huel. Started on July 28th, and have eaten it every day since then.

How I Prepare Huel
I very quickly settled on this process. I eat 200g of Huel during the work day (usually one at 11 a.m. and one at about 3 or 4 p.m.). I prepare the Huel the night before by blending 2 batches of 100g each and storing it in 2 Klean Kanteens in the Fridge, which I use a lunchbox with an icepack for transport. Sometimes I will have an additional 100g serving of Huel in the evening / at night. I eat a solid food dinner.

Taste
I’ve always been sensitive to artificial sweeteners, and this was one of my big concerns when ordering Huel. It was indeed way too (artificially) sweet for me, tasting like something very unnatural, the same type of feeling I get when drinking diet soda or eating a desert without real sugar. I can thankfully report that after some experiments, I’ve found that using 50g of vanilla or chocolate with 50g of unsweetened unflavored Huel brings it into a very palatable zone for me, sometimes even going to 25g flavored Huel + 75g u/u.

Why Huel
I started Huel, in part, tolose weight. I understand that Huel is NOT a diet drink or anything like that, but knowing my own shortfalls in being able to prepare and plan meals, I decided that it would be a part of my weight loss strategy. I tracked all of my caloric intake for the month, and it also helped me keep an eye on what I was eating. I’ve done calorie tracking before, and it is difficult and can be time consuming, but with Huel I’m cutting out 1/2 to 1/3 of that calculation because it’s so easy to calculate with Huel.

I also wanted to start Huel to control my spending on food, particularly at lunch on workdays. This would help doublefold by preventing me from eating crap for lunch because it was the only option.

Did it work
I started Huel at 400lbs, and am down 18lbs to 382lbs after one month of Huel. I’m happy with this progress, though of course I’m itching to get to my initial goal of 300 lbs. I’m 34, 6’2 and have always been heavy, I was close to 300lbs about 5 years ago while doing a lot of exercise and heavily reducing caloric intake. It was very hard to maintain that weight level, but I never should have allowed myself to get up to 400lbs. I’m hopeful that Huel will help me with this.

Huel has definitely saved me money, I went from eating out at lunch most days or not eating lunch to way overeating for dinner. I think one Huel’s superpower benefits is being able to start eating it RIGHT when you start getting hungry. I’ve learned that the longer I am hungry, the less responsible I am when it comes time to eat.

I find that it is much easier for me to make a responsible decision for dinner when it is the only solid food meal I have to worry about, so even when I’m not eating a balanced meal of Huel, I’m eating MUCH healthier things for dinner, in more reasonable portion sizes.

I feel great, and I’ve been cycling more than I have in the past 2 years during my first month of using Huel.

Problems
See “Taste” section above for an issue I was having with the artificial sweeteners, thankfully I worked that out.

I knew there would be an adjustment time on Huel, and I did experience some gas during the first week or two, but that has subsided entirely. Unfortunately, my bowel movements have been all over the place with Huel. I had straight up diarrhea for the first two weeks, it would happen after ever time I ate a solid food meal. After about week 3 I was thinking things were improving, but then I had another bout of it. Even when I was having more solid movements, they were still very soft and fast. I feel kind of like an old person now, because when I have to go… I have to get to a toilet quickly. This has caused some anxiety in daily activities, knowing at any time I might need to get to a bathroom ASAP. I think the jury is still out on this one, but I really hope this improves. Any tips would be welcome.

Overall
I look forward to eating Huel every day. I am not sick of Huel after eating it every day for a month along with one solid food meal. I think effects on my health (aside from bowel health) have been very positive, and I will continue to eat Huel.

Thanks Huel!

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Congrats on getting through your first month! Your progress is super encouraging. :smile:

It sounds like we have a lot of similarities. I’m also using Huel to help count calories and simplify food prep, and doing about two Huels a day usually. The hungrier I get, the more likely I am to eat junk, too. I have noticed my hunger response changing and weakening since I started almost two weeks ago, though. When I feel it, it’s not nearly so urgent seeming anymore. Having something quick and easy to make on hand is a big reason I decided to try Huel too, though.

Despite being a die-hard breakfast-first-thing-in-the-morning person all my life, I started pushing back my morning Huel until around 11. This has been working for me because I tend to be a night owl and get into snacking if I get hungry before bed. This way I can space my meals out to cover that time of day, versus the morning when I have much less of a snacking habit.

What kind of dinner meals have you been making?

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I’ve been eating A LOT of fish for dinner, probably too much for FDA standards, probably should get a mercury test, haha. Either frozen tuna patties on whole wheat buns, or filets of varying types from trader joes freezer section. I’ll heat up some quick to make frozen asparagus or brussels sprouts to go with it. Also eating some “Banza” chickpea pasta with tomato basil sauce from Trader Joes. I can eat quite a bit of Yogurt & Granola as well. I need to find some more diverse things to make, because I’ve seriously been eating too much fish. I’ve been going out to dinner once per week as well, it’s the only time I eat something that I can’t quantify exactly since the places I go don’t list calories, but I still try to estimate.

I’ve DEFINITELY found that my desire for sugary foods has gone down A LOT. I don’t know if the artifical sweetener is tricking my body into thinking it’s getting a sweet treat, or if keeping myself mostly fulfilled throughout the day has decreased cravings, but I pretty much never crave sugar anymore, which is a good thing. If I do crave something after my dinner meal, I’ll usually just do half a serving of the chocolate Huel as a snack.

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Wow we really are similar! I can totally get into periods where I’ll eat one thing, usually because of convenience. When I quit being vegan, I craved hard cooked eggs, which I ate relentlessly every day for a couple months at least, definitely leading to me doing some googling about safe quantities, lol. My willingness to food prep is pretty much limited to sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and the occasional soup. I have a much higher tolerance for ingredient assembly than I do multi-step cooking processes.

I wish I had a Trader Joe’s where I live! Tuna patty sandwiches sound delicious and easy! I can’t seem to find stuff like that at my nearest store, but I’ll have to check some others.

I have also been going out as a treat every now and then and also do my best to estimate those calories. I’m glad to find out that Chipotle lists the calories of all their ingredients on their menus and online. Half of one of their bowls is pretty satisfying and comes to less than 500 calories, including all the fatty ingredients I would normally get (sour cream and guacamole!) and keeps surprisingly well as leftovers for the next day.

That’s great your cravings have been curbed so well! My cravings seem to reflect more a desire for the mindless snacking behavior (kinda like quitting smoking) and the feeling of fullness from eating all I want. But if I keep my mind from obsessing until my next meal I do fine.

This is a great detailed review!

We recommend that when you start your Huel diet, you first try replacing 1 meal with Huel, and then after a while (approx. 5-7 days) you could progress to replacing 2 of your daily meals (and then 3, 4, etc. if you want to go 100% Huel). This will allow your body to slowly adjust to Huel.

If you switch from one diet e.g. vegan to paleo, you can experience flatulence and irregular bowel movements, tiredness and/or cravings, etc. It’s not that the diet is bad it’s due to changes in the gut’s microbiome based on their new food source.

Some people swear by probiotics or enzymes but it’s a bit of trial and error.

If you’re worried about your mercury levels try eating smaller fish such as sardines which have lower levels gram for gram.