Hello everyone using Huel for weight loss! This is my ultimate goal and so here’s where I’m going to begin a semi-regularly updated diary of myself while on Huel. (Semi, in this case, being the Latin word for ‘whenever I feel like it’).
I’ve struggled with weight loss my entire life and I built Huel up in my mind to be this grand solution to where I could actually control my eating and work on myself in a lot of ways. In hindsight, that was a bad idea because now I’m terrified I won’t like it and all that hope got built up for nothing. But, I won’t ever know until I do it, so here’s my real-time experiences with this stuff.
Trying my first Huel meal today.
Starting weight: ~370lbs
Opening the bag - OMG this stuff smells AMAZING! I look and it’s a lovely light brown sugar color that smells like vanilla through and through. I’m EXTREMELY happy so far.
Mixing the Huel - I follow the instructions in the booklet using a bottle of Sam’s Club 20oz water, cold - 400mL, 3 scoops of Huel, mix, top off with rest of the bottle (around 197ml), shake. I shake a lot longer for 10 seconds both times, because of stories I’ve heard about lumps and just because I want to make sure everything’s blended. I kept the grid inside (no idea if that’s necessary). I also notice that it takes me a few tries to screw on the lid to make sure the threads are seated properly. But I do it because I don’t want to be covered in the stuff.
Drinking the Huel - Moment of truth. Let’s sip it. sip Immediate first reactions - this tastes like chalk. I’m frowning. The sugar hits me in the aftertaste, but initially, I have a chalky sensation. Not great.
Second drink - More of the same, except now there’s a few crunchy bits that I feel in my teeth. Meh? Also the cold isn’t staying cold for long, which is a turnoff to me. I go to the freezer and grab some ice cubes (probably should have done it from the start). Shake the bottle again vigorously. I also notice there’s a large lump floating in the top of the mix before I add the ice. Blending is probably the way to go but I don’t have a blender so there we are.
Third drink after ice- Thicker, slightly colder, chalkier oat taste. I taste very little of the vanilla. The cold is nice but it’s not lasting. I decide to refrigerate and try again later. (This is at 18:48 EST)
(Note while chilling - From the few sips I took, I actually did notice that (I woke up hungry) and now I’m not as ravenous. This stuff works amazingly fast. I’m VERY pleased with this portion. Now I just need to make it palatable :()
Fourth drink after refrigerating (19:55 EST) - Bottle is cold now. Some of the ice is even left, which is nice. I shake vigorously (I’m sensing a pattern). Sip - the cold makes a difference but I’m REALLY still tasting the chalk on my tongue while I’m drinking it. I can make it through but I don’t want to just suck it down for the sake of it - I want to actually enjoy what I’m tasting.
I’ll try something different tomorrow, maybe mixing it with milk and some coffee, or chocolate peanut butter powder may help. For now, those are my first impressions.
I wish I could say I’m looking forward with high hopes, but…
(edit- at 20:01, couldn’t do anymore. I poured it out and put it in the dishwasher to try again tomorrow >.<)