It looks like I’m finally going to have to accept that Huel won’t work for me. I’ve been on and off Huel since 2016 and I want to love it, but it doesn’t love me back. Same as many people, the bad stomach never passed, even only having a single shake for lunch. After coming off Black these past two times I noticed a disturbing shift in my health. It seems to make me lethargic and destroys my libido. I experimented with enzymes for the stomach issues and prebiotics, but nothing worked for long.
I honestly don’t think it’s a bad product, but there must be something I’m either allergic or intolerant to that’s in it that I’m not having in other food. My best guess is maybe flax seed as that isn’t in much food (that I have at least), so I should really buy some to do some proper self-testing.
A big reason I got into Huel was because of my gluten allergy as it means I always have something I can eat in the house pretty easily. But it seems it’s not to be.
I’m not totally done with Huel yet as I’m going to try the Complete Protein shakes as I’m attempting to bulk up a bit anyway. Not too sure how to use it as it’s pretty low in calories and protein compared to other gainers, even less than Huel Black. But I figure maybe a shake of that with lunch and sometimes as a snack could give me a nice boost. Also interesting that a lot of people who struggle with Huel like me are ok on Complete Protein and it just happens the latter doesn’t have flax seed.
I’ve read a lot of pushback from Tim and Huel in general about the flax issues based on studies that showed it bombing testosterone. I agree it’s hard to apply those results to Huel since those tests were very specific and / or small sample situations that don’t relate to what we’re doing here. But it seems like some testing needs to be done. It certainly doesn’t universally effect people like it does me, so the mechanisms must be complex.
So if anyone has an advice on how to actually use Complete Protein as a mass gainer, pop it below