📓 Daily Journal: Intermittent Fasting (16:8), ED Recovery and Weight Loss



Thanks man, I really appreciate your looking out for me, and it’s definitely sometimes necessary :slight_smile:
And yeh, good advice for me to consider long term so I mightn’t be trapped by the number when I’ve got this weight loss thing going!


A little off topic yes, but no worries no offence taken! But no really though I was asking for more elaboration on the meditation thing; who knows it could help! Always hear people speak of meditation but never know how to go about doing it. Mental tools are always great :slight_smile:


Day 61

Weight: 57.2kg it seems the old adage eat less move more rings true

Food Intake: (1616kcal)

  • 1/2-2/3rd Double Nutella Crepe w Biscuits
  • 1/2 Belgian waffle w chocolate sauce&cs
  • 5 slices, est 100g smoked salmon
  • Snacks/kinda Dinner—30g Huel Granola, 50g matcha Huel, 1/2 packet butternut Squash fries w sesame sauce, rest of crepecs
  • Dinner—1 packet shrimp, 1 packet slim noodles w sesame sauce
  • 3 butterfinger cups its so hard to stop it’s literally the best

Other Observations:

  • Not sleeping enough definitely wrecks my eating. I’m so exhausted I can’t make good choices and makes me want to binge and am too tired to move. Period doesn’t help.
  • I loooooove butternut squash fries I wish I could bake it. I think I’m going to spend a lot of summer baking vegetables hehe
  • 1.33am: A tad hungry
  • 2.48am: Legit hungry


Day 62

Weight: 56.8kg no way!! I’m not even really banking on weight loss during these social-packed weeks…and I’ve also never hit the 56s for as long as I can remember omg!!

Food Intake: (1584kcal)

  • 112g Huel, 3g ChocFS
  • 3g Huel granola
  • 7 butterfingers
  • Snack—95g 14 slices turkey, 100g Fage Greek yogurt, 23g Huel granola, 8 10g strawberries :strawberry:, 3 kinder bueno minis
  • Dinner—150g chicken, broccoli, 5 cherry tomatoes :tomato:, 1/2 brioche
  • 4 butterfingers

Exercise: 2h Hip Hop

Other Observations:

  • I know better than to celebrate yet though HAHA since it’ll probably fluctuate a bit before going back down to the 56s. But hey at least I know I’m on the right track! Consistent calorie deficits, and surpluses that aren’t huge enough to not be covered by other days (yes, that means even if I overshoot it is not license to binge bc binges are a lot more irreparable and takes more time for damage control)
  • The Fitbit seems to be having a lot more use for me than I realised it would!
  • OMG. GAIZ. I just realised I’ve hit one goal: I’m no longer overweight!!! At 56.8kg, my BMI would be 24.26 (upper boundary is 24.9), down from 26.23 at 61.4kg!
  • I’ve been eating the upper end of 1500+kcal, which isn’t too bad considering I’ve been getting a lot more steps and exercise in I suppose.


Day 63

Weight: 56.7-9kg still below 57? :new_moon_with_face::new_moon_with_face:

Food Intake: (2550kcal)

  • Picnic Social—20 small strawberries, 1 cheese twist w 1 Parma Ham & 1T humus, 2 Doritos, 1/2 mini Sainsbury’s brownie
  • 50g Huel, 1g ChocFS
  • 4 hard boiled egg whites + nooch + 1/3 egg yolk
  • 2 Oreo thins
  • 10 8g chicken slices
  • pick & eat 6 cookies :cookie:
  • Dinner—salad, broccoli, chicken
  • 1 ice cream bar (purge3)
  • Focus May Ball—cake cake cake cake cake cake, pasta bake, 3 popcorn

Other Observations:

  • Don’t know if I should go out tonight hmmmmmmmmm
  • I survived the picnic Social even though there was ~free food~! I didn’t feel the need to take everything (even the cookies! I knew I had cookies at home and it’s also not worth it), and I didn’t feel the need to keep eating. What helped was having brought my own safe foods as well, so I’m never without options and completely at a loss. I think I’ll do that later, too, for the party! A bit nervous but oh wells.
  • Today was DEFINITELY a trying day. A social in the morning, dinner at church, sweets at church, free flow food and sweets and goodies and the party, supposedly alcohol for clubbing after. To summarize it in a coupla words, “I tried”. And I say this in the most positive way possible: I brought my own strawberries to the picnic. I had my Huel. I tried to eat protein. I brought my own dinner. I didn’t have the sweets…well I did and I admit I slipped a bit and purged a bit because I was panicking I still had the rest of the day…and then I went to the party where I had no idea what to expect and I really didn’t know how to regulate myself because it was too overwhelming. Didn’t drink calories. Unknown calories, unlimited spread, huge variety, unknown social situation…I was going to purge after consuming a huuuge amount of cake and pasta, but decided to have fun and dance instead. THEN I went to the club without drinking the 500kcal of vodka I thought I’d need, and it was still plenty fun! 10,000 steps in after midnight :wink: All in all, it was a good attempt!
  • Several lessons though: Stay away from cookies lmao muffins are a better option. (AND there are lower calorie cookies!) I’m really bad at “saving” my calories for later in the day, because I’ve worked so hard to get this consistency and routine going, and much prefer not eating so much so late.


Day 64

Weight: 56.9-57.1kg well, it’s difficult to out-exercise a bad diet. Gained at least 0.2kg, but just gotta keep being consistent and JUST KEEP TRYING. Damage control at all times is possible.

Food Intake: (1803kcal)

  • 50g Huel, ChocFS
  • 1/2 sticky toffee pudding w ice cream
  • some salad leaves
  • cs eat 2 carrot cakes 2 Nutella cakes flapjack
  • Formal Dinner—asparagus soup, chicken w risotto, lemon cake
  • Movie Snacks—ZILCH!

Other Observations:

  • So I had a Formal Dinner with the PseudoBF and we took a walk after which was lovely (and burns calories wahoo) and helps with digestion. He was SO KEEN on eating popcorn and drinking soda etc while we watched Monsters University together, and I’d rejected eating popcorn the last time since strict IF. I was prepared to break my IF but remain within calorie goals, BUT realised I didn’t have to! Sounds a lil disordered, I know, but I could just seem like I was eating it hahaha I didn’t actually need to, and i consider it net benefit because he didn’t have to feel weird eating popcorn while I didn’t, and I didn’t have to eat popcorn that I didn’t feel the need to eat :stuck_out_tongue:


Day 65

Weight: 57.0kg

Food Intake: (1908kcal)

  • 550ml of (100g NewHuel, CacaoFS)
  • Snacks on the pitch—2 Oreo thins, 1 dark chocolate digestive thin, 1/2 fox cookie, 5 pineapple pieces, 40g brownie, 1/2 strawberry protein bar
  • 1/2 Huel cupcake!!! yes Huel sent me a birthday cupcake BE JEALOUS.
  • Dinner—3 chicken slices, 3.5 chicken thigh w/o skin & fat, 1/2 pack butternut Squash fries, 5 cherry tomatoes, 15g bbq sauce, toppings from dominos pepperoni pizza :pizza:
  • 1/2 cupcake

Exercise: 6+h Ultimate Frisbee competition I am KNACKERED! Was gonna cycle for 6km and Hip Hop but decided chilling was in order. 25 000+ steps and 3017kcal burnt!

Other Observations:

  • Huel is such a wonderful food to bring to an all day frisbee competition omg. So convenient, won’t spoil in a thermos, can just sip it between games…great stuff. Speaking of which, I SAW HUEL SHAKER BOTTLES ON THE PITCH WITH HUEL I HAVE A HUEL FRIEND HERE!!! OMG. WHOS THIS MYSTERY HUEL FRIEND?!
  • I lowkey felt kinda entitled to eating a SHIT TON OF SWEETS today just because we spent so much time running around haha but well I tried. Could be worse.
  • Ahaha so I saw that at 11.30pm I was at around 2900kcal burnt and was like OMG what if I make it to 3000? I’ve never burnt 3000kcal ever so might as well give it a go! So I took a walk with the PseudoBF and it was such a lovely walk; walking dates are actually so much fun! And my laziness no longer outweighs my determination to get steps in which is gr8 bc I’m largely a lazy piece of shit. So yeah, 27000+ steps and 3017kcal burnt! :wink:


Day 66

Weight: 56.6kg 56.5 without shorts LOL

Food Intake: (~2032kcal)

  • 50g NewHuel, MatchaFS
  • Friend—some bites friend’s brunch, 1/2 Florentine
  • Healthy Snacks—18 slices wafer thin chicken, 15 strawberries, 74g Fage w MatchaFS, almond milk
  • Not So Healthy Food—Japanese chocolate biscuit, 5 butterfinger cups
  • CS Binge (x2)—butterfinger, brownie, salted caramel cupcake, twix cookie, 2 raspberry white choc cookies, 3 pack cookies
  • Dinner—chicken breast, 2.5 chicken thighs, 1/2 packet butternut squash fries w sesame sauce

Other Observations:

  • I’m getting more comfortable with being able to eat with friends and still not blow everything. I mean it’s hard, but not as nerve wrecking and as it once was.
  • Ohhhhh wow today wasn’t a great day food wise. Had quite the cs binge, but while I was binging I made it a point to note my possible triggers:
  1. My best friend at Uni just left for good. I cried a bit, and thought I was fine, but also proceeded to binge so I guess there could be a connection.
  2. Feeling tired.
  3. Larger than usual caloric deficit (1100kcal vs 300-500kcal).
  4. Not having my lunch Huel.
  5. The need to FINISH all the food and not waste it because I’m leaving next week and have to pack up.
  • The Huel Flavour Systems are wonderful in milk or yogurt :open_mouth: #HuelHack
  • My vices in different locations and routines change: it was bakery bread buns at home, it was Nutella and brioche bread in Germany, and it’s brioche bread and cookies :cookie: here (LOL bread is always my vice xD). I can’t wait til I get away from the UK and stop having cookies as my vice loool.
  • BUT as much as I’ve kinda binged, I’m not going to feel guilty. I’m going to look towards the next step that I CAN take, and I know I can still do 12-8 IF.


Day 67

Weight: 56.5kg

Food Intake: (2362kcal—~600kcal surplus :/)

  • 200ml NewHuel, ChocFS left this over 2 nights and it didn’t spoil or taste funky! I think it just depends on how cold your fridge is: my dorm fridge suddenly got so cold!
  • 100g NewHuel, 4g Strawberry Protein i didn’t realise how much more amazing ice cold Huel tastes :open_mouth:
  • 30g oats + 25g Strawberry Protein + 8g Chia seeds + 15g raisins
  • 5 pork crackles
  • 8 butterfingers
  • 7 chicken slices
  • 6 ham slices
  • Dinner—prawn cocktail sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, beans, chicken
  • Kind of a cs bread binge—~6.5 brioche buns :frowning:

Exercise: Zilch. although I did go help my Friend to carry his boxes to storage, and it felt good when one of the guys found it heavy and I just picked it up :stuck_out_tongue:

Other Observations:

  • So I’m trying to decide if I should go to my college’s Garden Party. I’m going to 2 other garden parties AND a June Event already. I mean, the cost and the effort and the social situation is definitely a deterring factor, but if I’m completely honest it’s because of the food and alcohol. It’s kind of like a buffet: if I pay £15 for the party and it’s not even fun so I’d eat as much as I could to make up for it??? Oh well I’m going, and I’m going to deal with it.
  • 1.50pm: I’ve eaten 1000kcal in an hour… :confused:
  • Exercise: I feel my all-or-nothing-streak mindset coming into play. I’ve probably walked 10000 steps everyday for the last week and exercised which is great, but it’s also making me a bit scared to NOT do that some days. And I’m just plain exhausted and don’t want to workout after that 6h frisbee day, but there’s the fear of gaining weight and not “burning 2300kcal” and only burning say 1600kcal by being dead as sedentary. But NO there are going to be days I’m just tired, and that’s also okay. So long as I try to be more active in general, I can still lose fat and be healthier. And one day of resting isn’t going to make me a sedentary slob. I’m almost tempted to cycle to dance and back and skip out on punting with friends…but I think I’ll socialise with friends instead.
  • And no, the stress of the next 4 days of erratic eating and schedules does NOT help. Still, I try my best.
  • Its a GOOD thing I’m realising how straightforward weight loss is: burn more than you eat = lose weight. How to go about doing it? Now that’s the journey.
  • 10.54pm: Lol so I was doing alright…until I proceeded to binge on at least 812kcal of brioche buns. I’m not sure why I did, but I think it was for the physiological familiarity of peeling brioche buns, for comfort?? I’m not sure. I’m also not quite sure why, could either be stressing about all the parties and uncertainty for the next 4 days, or filling the void of my Best Friend leaving. Or both. It’s weird, it’s not like we’re dating or anything, but I guess I didn’t realise how attached I’d get in a term, and how much I’ll miss him :confused:
  • Oh it could also be having an abnormally large caloric deficit: it’s probably better to stick to a 500kcal daily deficit as far as possible (~1500kcal) so as to not trigger physiological binges.
  • 11.07pm: Its a bummer knowing I’m going to gain weight tomorrow, but CONSISTENCY TRUMPS ALL. I need to keep trying, and I need to go in with a plan. (For the next 4 days)
  1. Drink water.
  2. Eat after 12, but since most activities happen at night, it’s ok if I don’t IF strictly these 4 days.
  3. Continue to track on MFP.
  4. Don’t expect losses, try to stay below 57 or at worst 57.5kg.
  5. Remember: I don’t like feeling overstuffed, and it’s likely to trigger purging which is HAAARD.
  6. Move as much as possible. The smaller the calorie surplus the faster I’ll get back on track.
  7. Enjoy the experience, the food, the company!
  8. Eat Huel when I can.
  • HAHAHA I just kinda convinced another Friend to try Huel!! He might get it next term, since we’re moving accommodations and he can’t be arsed to cook. The idea probably sparked in him after he sees me decked out in Huel merch daily, and my room being littered with Huel, Huel granola, Huel flavour, Huel bars and Huel boxes :joy:


I love how supportive this thread is. This is my first comment on the forum so I’m not sure how to tag people, but you go girl! xxx


Not sure if this is any use to you, but when I was trying to lose weight, I found that corn thins and hummus were a really good snack. I tend to crave savoury, maybe because Huel is quite sweet, and they are a nutritious and surprisingly filling low fat/low cal snack. Maybe you could try swopping them for some of your sweet treats. They really are yummy, especially sweet chilli or red pepper hummus.


@Lulu awh glad to have you pop by! Here I was thinking no one was reading my thread anymore HAHA :stuck_out_tongue: Yeah, gotta love the Huel community :slight_smile: thanks!
(oh and if you want to tag, just type “@” and their username)

@Wendy_Shepherd ooh that’s a good idea! My savoury and pretty low-cal/high protein snacks are

  • hard boiled eggs
  • wafer thin chicken slices
  • popcorn
  • pop chips
  • beef jerky
  • pork cracklings
  • butternut squash chips/roasted veggies

I’m quite wary of the high calories in hummus(?)


I’m still reading!


I did a quick Google search re calories in hummus versus some of your other snacks

Hummus 166 cal per 100g
Beef jerky 410 cal per 100g
Pork crackling 544 cal per 100g
Hard boiled eggs 155 cal per 100g
Wafer thin chicken 105 cal per 100g

Probably no need to worry about calories in hummus, especially as it’s packed with so much goodness from the chickpeas, sesame seeds etc.

How do you get the journal icon on your thread title? I’m planning on starting one now but really want to be part of the cool kids club and use that little piccy thing!


Day 68

Weight: 56.6kg gained less than expected, but no reason not still try to keep my deficit up

Food Intake:

  • 12 slices wafer thin chicken, 1 20g slice turkey breast
  • THGarden Party—1 burger :hamburger:, 1/2 sausage (idk why I got this tbh), strawberries, raspberries, 1/2 Mr Whippy ice cream w choc sauce
  • Snacks—125g green beans w sesame sauce
  • Dinner—1/2 of (100g Huel w 15g MochaProtein) this actually tastes so good and has great macros, but I gotta find a way to get it to mix better haha
  • 1 ~175g cinnamon apple cake
  • 2.5 brioche

Exercise: HIIT & short gym sesh

Other Observations:

  • So…the next phase of food challenges begins today. I got this.
  • I am CONVINCED that the 4kg I’ve lost is all fat from my boobs :joy::sob::tired_face:
  • Breakthrough! So when I first started my journey at 61.4kg, I absolutely abhorred what I saw in the dressing room mirror and wanted to cry every time I tried clothes on. BUT today at Primark… I started to like what’s I saw in the mirror! I’m not sure how perceptible the difference is, but to me, with all my myopic glory, it seems like I could be a little smaller!
  • Sigh couldn’t take it and purged. It’s hard.

@Squizzle Yay! :smiley:

@Wendy_Shepherd you can copy and paste it from here :notebook: (it’s an emoji!) HAHA the cool kids club :stuck_out_tongue:
Oh I see, I’ve always thought hummus just has MASSIVE amounts of calories, but I suppose so long as I watch the portion size it could be a great and nutritious snack! :slight_smile:


@chrisjeffy98 copy and paste not working for me. I’m using my Samsung galaxy to post. Is there a code for it?


@Wendy_Shepherd try this?


Thanks! That’s worked :slight_smile:


Day 69

Weight: 56.2kg

Food Intake: (~3824kcal)

  • 1/2 of (100g Huel 15g MochaProtein)
  • ABACUS Garden Party—~400ml Prosecco, ~150ml white wine, 1 tempura prawn, some pork
  • 1/2 strawberry protein bar
  • 1 Huel bar
  • TrinMayBall—A LOT OF FOOD. NOT EVEN KIDDING. Onion Bhaji, Pulled pork, Dosa, Ice cream, brownie, banana bread, pizza, tuna w coleslaw, marinated tofu, 2(!!) Nutella crepes…

Other Observations:

  • I can’t believe I’m still losing weight?? This gives me hope that I’ll be able to enjoy social events, control myself, AND still hit my goals. Although yeaaaah gotta work on doing it without purging. (I’m v aware purging rarely helps one lose weight tho it’s just a panic and physiological thing, mostly)
  • So today is going to be trying. Busy busy day. Irregular eating times. Social event. Alcohol. Going to be working at an event for 12h. At night. But regardless it’s still calories in calories out, so my plan is
  1. Move as much as possible
  2. Don’t worry about IF for today
  3. Count calories as per before midnight/after midnight since that’s how my Fitbit is recording it.
  4. Try to eat Huel/Huel Bars/Protein bars/chicken
  • Reflection: As envisioned, it was hard. Staying up til 8am. Working the looooong 12h shift. On my feet all the time. Being surrounded by yummy (and free!) food. But regardless, it was a GREAT experience that I would do again, and really did enjoy.
  • Did well: I would say that yes I overate by MILES, but I tried at every step of the way. Not once did I really feel completely out of control, although there was a point in time I felt like a fat fck and lowkey started to panic when I was working.
  1. I moved as much as I could: I danced whenever I could (even when working HAHAH it was such a great time), I got 10000 steps in before 7am, I went for walks and stuff. But it was a little difficult bc my job scope was to stand for the most part.
  2. I didn’t worry about IFing, because I know I can always come back to it, to do the best I can with the least distress.
  3. I’m not sure how I’m doing the calorie recording yet, I might just count it as yesterday and today as a new day so I don’t try to “compensate for a binge”?
  4. I tried to eat a Huel bar and protein bar so I won’t be ravenous, and I think it was a good idea! :slight_smile:


Day 70 (No Huel)

Weight: 57.5kg ahhhhhh well it was nice being nearly 56kg while that lasted :joy: so yes, eating a shit ton definitely shows on the scales.

Food Intake: (~3046kcal)

  • CUMSA GP—strawberries, chocolate sauce, 2 scoops Aromi ice cream, chicken, pork, 1 egg sandwich, 1 kaya bread, some chocolate tart, etc.
  • Dinner—zero noodles packet, 1/2 veggie packet, 70g chicken w bbq sauce. 8 strawberries, 4 ham, 1 turkey slice
  • Bread binge: peel & cs like 20-22 brioche, 1 kaya bread

Other Observations:

  • 12.16pm: Lmao I’m lowkey scared to take my weight after eating nearly 4000kcal yesterday. What if I’m 61kg again?! But NO. I’m definitely going to gain, maybe up to 58kg (which would SUCK), but just like those 10 000kcal challenges, if I consistently eat as well as possible after this period and be a little stricter after all the partying (2 more days!), it’ll all be good.
  • Purged once, binged on bread, purged again. Aghhhhh it’s so hard. I can’t lose routine yet :frowning: but I’ll still try my best at every step of the way.


Glycogen has likely replenished. Enter deficit again and you’ll drop back to maybe 56.8kg.