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.
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.
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.
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.
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.