I have been doing 100% Huel for 5 days now, whilst cutting calories to lose weight.
Current weight 65kg, Goal weight 55kg.
I really can’t do the obsessive calorie in and calorie out diaries - believe me I’ve tried, I just can’t do it, it does my head in!!
But, I know roughly what my calorie expenditure is on a sedentary day, an active day, and a very active day, and am basing my intake calories around that.
Although my calculations are estimates, I know I am cutting between 500-1000 calories each day.
Although my days are mostly sedentary, I cycle frequently, and also go to the gym roughly 4 times a week - doing a combo of cardio and weights.
Hunger-wise and energy-wise I am doing absolutely fine.
But, I’ve noticed, that in these last 5 days of cutting calories and consuming only Huel, my muscles really HURT. I mean more than normal after a workout. And I am taking a lot longer to recover. I’m trying to plan my calories around my workouts, and I have a 2 scoop Huel about an hour prior to my workout, and another shake, or a Huel bar immediately after, as I know protein and carbs help muscle recovery.
Is it normal for muscle pain to be more and muscle recovery to take longer when you are cutting? (I’m new to this - maybe this is normal and I just need to get on with it lol)
Or should I be supplementing more protein? (I am actually supplementing a little extra protein in the form of pea protein added to my post-workout shake).
I am taking extra vitamins, because as I am on less than 2000 calories a day, I won’t be getting everything I need from just Huel.
But is there anything else I should be supplementing with whilst gym-going and calorie cutting, and only consuming Huel?
Advice from experienced gym go-ers welcomed! Thanks
Edit: I’m doing weights to try to preserve muscle rather than build muscle, as I know its virtually impossible to gain muscle and cut fat at the same time. I’m doing pretty much the same work-outs as I’ve been doing for a year now (I’ve built plenty muscle in that year but put on 5kg so not lost any fat, so now I want to try to preserve muscle as much as possible and cut fat as much as possible to get down to a healthy weight, as currently about 10kg over what I should be for my height (5ft))