Am I taking the right amounts?

Hey everyone! New here. I thought I’d come and seek the wisdom of the community since I’m evidently not smart enough to work it out myself! As a disclaimer, I’ve tried looking for an answer beforehand but I can’t even tell if there’s a difference between kcal & cal! (Surely there is, right?) :grin:

So I got my Huel this afternoon & I’ll be starting on it tomorrow.
The calorie calculator says I need roughly about 2,000 calories a day. As I’m practicing intermittent fasting I’ll be taking my Huel in 2 meals a day. I exercise at least 5 days a week and my current goal is to reach sub-10% body fat. For some background I’ve been on a ‘paleo diet’ for over a year since it was simple, easy to follow and I didn’t have to worry about how much I ate.

I’ve now decided to experiment with Huel so now I have to learn numbers and stuff :stuck_out_tongue:

Doing my math, if there’s 152 calories in 1 scoop (Coffee Huel), that would equate to 14 scoops a day to get 2,100 calories. 7 scoops in each meal.
Is that right though? The Getting started booklet recommends a 6ft/76kg guy take 7 scoops a day to lose weight - and here I am at 5ft7/66kgs taking double that to lose weight? Something doesn’t add up.

If somebody could teach me how to use Huel, I will be truly appreciative :blush:

Thank you!


I’d probably agree 2000 calories is a weak attempt at a cut for your specifications.

Have you experimented with different TDEE calculators? Try a couple and get an average.

You’re never going to fit 2000 cals into two meals. I just about manage to get 200g (around 5 scoops) into my 900ml nutri ninja bottle and that’s drinking it as thick as a McDonald’s Shake.

I’d recommend splitting into 3 and also getting the 900ml bottle yourself…

Edit: I’ll try doing 7 scoops for a laugh in the morning.

To answer your question: What is the difference between calories and kilocalories? The “calorie” we refer to in food is actually kilocalorie. One (1) kilocalorie is the same as one (1) Calorie (upper case C). A kilocalorie is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water one degree Celsius.

So what the calculator should have said was 2000 kcal. So you would need to use 13 scoops per day to get around 2000 kilocalories. So yes, you’d need to have 6 or 7 scoops in each shake. This will be extremely thick if you make it up with 500ml of water, you’ll need to use at least 1litre of water or somewhat more to make up a 7 scoop shake. Of coutse this assumes you are solely using huel to obtain all your daily calories, bit that seems to be your plan from reading your post. Hope this helps.

@GTIPuG @Wendy_Shepherd Thanks for the advice. Took on both and decided to spread it out through 3 bottles. Still super thick so appreciated on the warning! I’ll use a blender from heron out since the consistency is all over. :yum:

The kcl/C explanation helps & makes sense to me now too!

Looking forward to seeing the results that Huel gives :slight_smile:

Much appreciated, you two! :smiley: