7-week Huel-focused diet for fat loss

Starting: Wednesday 10th July 2019

Starting weight: 12st 6.8 // 174.8 lb // 79.3 kg
BMI: 24.5
Body fat: 21.2%

Target: Benidorm 2nd September 2019 (54 days)

Goal weight: Under 12 stone // 168 lb // 76.2kg
BMI: 24.1
Body fat target: 18%

Background

I’ve been using Huel for nearly two years now, and I love it – it’s a great product, I enjoy the taste, and it’s saved me from so many disappointing meal deals at work.

My job is quite sedentary, but I go to the gym three times a week (following Greyskull LP Phraks edition) and run to work on the other days (5 miles) – so I move a bit. I’ve been very consistent with the gym over the last year, and I have been seeing a good change in my body, but I feel like all my results are hidden under a layer of fat.

My typical week involves Huel for breakfast and lunch, and then a decent dinner and sometimes a glass or two of wine. The weekends are where I really slip up – I’m in a long-distance relationship and I visit my partner at the weekend.

The weekend typically involves eating much more and drinking much more than I do in the week. I’ve struggled to lose weight for the last year or so, always fluctuating around 12 st 7 lb, and it’s these weekends which clearly are undoing my good work in the week. I also find myself eating when I’m not hungry – but I know if I had Huel available I’d happily choose that instead.

I’m off to Benidorm with my partner in seven weeks and I’d like to look a bit better than I do now – we’ve just got back from Mallorca and although I felt comfortable around the pool topless for the first time in a long time I’d still like to shed a few more pounds. My partner is also hoping to lose a bit of weight, so naturally it’s turned into a (friendly) competition.

I know seven weeks isn’t too long, but it’s a very busy seven weeks for me - I have a show in the Edinburgh Fringe (The Convoluted Adventures of Batman and Robin – An Adult Panto!), my birthday (tomorrow…), another play in September, and lots of summer BBQs etc. I want to use Huel to discipline myself somewhat.

Plan

I’m going to do two things:

  • make the move to 100% Huel in the week (and no alcohol) – which I think would be quite easy and a natural development of what I do now
  • Use Huel at the weekend (although not 100% - probably 75%).

I’ve worked out my TDEE to be about 2200/2300 per day, so my calorie target is 1700 (although I won’t count my post-gym protein shake in this). I’m using MyFitnessPal to track my calories.

I’m also going to continue with my current routine:

Monday: Gym
Tuesday: Run commute
Wednesday: Gym
Thursday: Run commute
Friday: Gym
Saturday/Sunday: Gym on one day, chill the other

Hopefully this thread will serve as some sort of accountability buddy and hopefully let me become more aware of where I slip up!

Before picture (on the left):

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First day went well - under my calories by 283 (a bit of wiggle room for my birthday tomorrow), avoided alcohol when we had a committee meeting in the pub, and I had a decent workout at the gym. Only downside was I failed for reps on my deadlifts, but at least I get to deload now and work my way back up!

Having Huel during the week allows less guilt at the weekends for me, I would try maybe a fat burn on the bike in the gym which is quite easy, around 130bpm for me and also try the RTD Huel to mix things up a bit and it’s a nice drink (Berry) and could always have some fruit with it. Definitely no drink during the week and maybe Huel for breakfast/unch at the weekends.
Love the fringe and used to go most years before kids came along. Good luck with the weight loss and the show.

Thank you! All very good points. I went through a period of blending frozen fruit and adding it to Huel, until my blender broke. Must get a new one, sometimes I fancy a bit of variety.

With the Fringe, I think Huel would help me with energy and stamina to see the week or so through - last year I war broken for a week or so after it, after a week of booze and takeouts.

Today was my birthday - I was 600 or so calories over (170 of that my protein shake) but still went to the gym, and didn’t have any alcohol. Probably the first time I’ve gone to bed sober on my birthday for maybe 15 years!!!

It’s a new me :wink:

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Happy birthday :partying_face: @David_J !

Happy birthday :birthday::tada:

Bon anniversary :birthday:

Thank you @ChristinaT, @Bee and @DunsfordMage! It was a lovely day.

I arrived in Birmingham to meet my partner and got spoiled with presents and a big meal. Well worth being over by about 1000. Got on the scales and I’m 12st 7.5 lb. Hopefully that’s because the food is still in me :joy:

Still, birthdays are about damage limitation! I’m not going to get down about this.

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It’s been a bit of a heavy weekend, but my weight has stayed constant. I’ve stayed under my calories today but I did have two small glasses of wine after rehearsal - maybe that’s why I can never remember my lines?

Anyway, birthday’s over and I have no more excuses! My parter is also much more serious now, and after letting myself be spoilt I’m not going to lost our competition now!