Because I see a lot of first experiences here and not quite as much longer term users, I thought it would be nice to hear some of those voices here.
Just to share my experience (and actually my boyfriend’s too, we’re on the same regimen): we’ve been having Huel for 7 months now, replacing at least one meal (lunch) by Huel and regularly (say once or twice a week) dinner as well. We have the unflavored and unsweetened for lunch and some original vanilla just in case we want a change. For breakfast we have oatmeal.
The longest I’ve gone on 100% Huel is replacing 6 meals (so 2 full days). For me, this isn’t the goal, but as I was alone at home, I didn’t feel like cooking, so very convenient. I felt perfectly normal and fine after and during. The first normal meal after that did translate in some bowel irregularity - but settled just as quick.
I even keep two shakers (pre-filled with powder) and a liter of water in the car, has been a lifesaver between business appointments on the road, both in time and health wise compared to the fast food I would normally be having then.
We both work out 3 times a week: me crossfit, him rowing. I will sometimes have a small portion of Huel (2 scoops) before my evening workout, for some extra burning fuel, but generally speaking we have plenty of energy with what we’re eating.
I can recommend this balance to anyone trying out.
- Very easy, very convenient
- Cheaper than our regular meals we’re replacing
- Easiest way of making half your meals vegetarian (a nice bonus for the planet, no?)
- More cravings: both sweet and salty. I counter this by having a banana after my Huel lunch. Cravings are, for the rest, a stamina thing: you can give into them or not.
Now and then I allow myself a piece of pie in the afternoon or crisps while watching tv. I have definitely not gained weight doing this: I believe Huel is healthier than what I would usually have for lunch (white bread and meat / cheese) so this probably levels out. I also believe in listening to your body: if you suddenly crave some meat, maybe just have some tonight because your body might be signaling a shortage of something.
- I did have minor headaches only the first few days starting out
- Only a con starting out: kicking around your food schedule will kick around your bowels. I believe being regular with your food is the key.
Any other 6 months+ experiences? Good or bad? How is it working for you?