Doing it for me

Probably not what you want to hear, but I think you need a reality check here. According to what you’ve posted you’ve been sticking to a 500 kcal a day deficit which should in theory result in weight loss of 1lb over a week. It looks as though your actual loss is 0.4lbs which is well within margin of error. It may be that your TDEE calculations are a bit out, or your calorie tracking is a bit out. More likely it’s normal weight fluctuations due to water/waste weight varying day to day.

So, keep at it, be patient, make sure you are drinking enough water and double check you aren’t ignoring any “hidden calories” like milk in tea or coffee, sugar in drinks, ketchup, mayo, dressing etc. - it’ll happen. Remember you are already within the ideal weight range for a 5’7” female which is 133 - 149lbs so be a bit realistic. You are doing good here!

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Thank you for this- the counting I do religiously on MFP but the reality check I needed hugely. I am trying to drink more water as I know I’m not having enough and also I’m a little errrr backed up so I will try and have some herbal teas or something. I know I’m not overweight but I feel uncomfortable and feel like I overeat whereas before I under ate and so I don’t think I really have any gauge of what a proper long term diet really looks like…if that makes any sense. Thanks for your advice it’s really appreciated.

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In case it helps: I’m currently also trying to lose a bit of weight and weighting myself everyday, and just yesterday I was feeling bad that I went UP 3 lb over the “expected” evolution even though I didn’t do anything special, only to find that today I’m DOWN almost 4 lb even though again I can’t remember doing anything extraordinary yesterday - no extra sweating, sport, or any other oversized output ;P.

So, to me, it really helps tracking the evolution, and trying as much as possible not to pay attention to individual weights. There are apps for that; I use Happy Scale (free).

Good luck!

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Okay so trying to be more positive today. Weight is still 145.6lb but the pluses are that a) it hasn’t gone up despite not staying in my calories yesterday and b) my tummy didn’t look as poofy this morning.

I didn’t have a great day yesterday, we had two pieces of pretty difficult news that really tested me. For lunch I just had to eat what was given to me, which I’m grateful for, but it was extremely calorific. For dinner we ended up ordering food which is absolutely my nemesis but I chose a chicken burrito and shared a little bit of my other half’s nachos… I feel a bit guilty for the takeaway but given the circumstances of the day I know I need to not beat myself up over it. It’s done now and probably eating the burrito was better for me than what I might have ended up doing which would be not eating at all and then stuffing my face with junk today. I’ve put a healthy dinner in the slow cooker (I love the pinch of nom cookbooks) so I know I have that to come home to later and I’ve made up my Huel and some pieces of fruit for lunch. Here’s to a better day today!

@salp123 It can also help to remember that the intake to food ratio isn’t a straight up immediate cause/effect relationship. It usually takes a few days for your weight to catch up to whatever calorie deficit/surplus you’ve been in, and the relationship definitely isn’t linear because sleep patterns, stress, exercise etc are all muddling factors. This can be why weighing yourself every day and attributing any weight loss or gain to what you ate yesterday isn’t truthful or very helpful, especially to your mental wellbeing. Setting lifestyle goals and habit you can check off each day can be more helpful to your brain and your body. Your body LOVES routine. That’s what homeostasis is all about, your body is always trying to keep itself level and neutralise excesses and deficits, one of the reasons why weight loss can be so hard. If you, say, have the same thing (huel) for breakfast each day for a week, that will help. If you have a fairly stable sleep routine, that will also help. Ritual and routine rather that scale stress can do wonders for you and your body: try it :slight_smile: It can also help with your being ‘backed up’ :wink:

Thanks- I deep down know this but old habits die hard. My breakfast and dinner routine is pretty stable but lunch is harder as I work a bit of an erratic schedule. Huel is helping though even if the time I drink it varies. As for sleep… that’s always been a problem for me but I do have a pretty consistent “bedtime” and end of evening routine so I’m doing my best. Thanks for the tips and encouragement :slightly_smiling_face:

Yay! 144.6 this morning. :partying_face:
Also just got really excited because i had been thinking about trying the Huel bars but didn’t want to buy a whole box in case I don’t like them, but then I read on here that you can get them on Ocado, so hooray got 4 added to my delivery for Friday. Double yay.

We’re all rooting for you! :heart:

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143.8 today - another loss so I need to brace myself for this going up a bit at some point!

Stayed at 143.8 again which is great. I’m starting to struggle a bit with Huel for lunch - it’s fine when I’m out and about but if I come home for lunch I find I really want something hot. Has anyone tried to make any kind of baked Huel? I know people have done cookies and things but I was thinking more on the lines of baked oats…? I made a small omelette yesterday instead of Huel but of course I was starving by 3pm. I guess I just have to get into the habit of having it at home and recognise that Huel is my best option for a filling lunch!

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I have 50/50 Huel and oats for lunch everyday! If I’m at home I mix the Huel and water in a blender before pouring it over the oats and popping it into the microwave to cook and thicken, if I’m at work I add water to the dry powders when I arrive, put it in the fridge, and then just mix and microwave at lunch time :slight_smile:

Edit: chocolate is my favourite for this but banana, original and vanilla are all good too. I’ve even had success adding 1/4 tsp of the boosters to mix it up from time to time!

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Go lower to

72. (Baked savoury) Huel Banana Bread with Pecan – by u/DvdVgt

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas.
  • 1 egg.
  • 75 g Huel U&U (2 scoops).
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda.
  • Handful of cut pecans.
  • Cinnamon.

Method :

  1. Chop the bananas and mash them with a fork.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and make the base.
  3. Put it in the oven at 340F (170C) for 35 minutes.
  4. Let it rest before consuming.

73. (Baked savoury) Huel Vegan Banana Bread – by u/FTF1310

Ingredients :

  • 127g of Huel (U&U or Vanilla).
  • 50g of vegan vanilla protein (or more Huel)
  • 2 chia eggs.
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon.
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract.
  • 4 oz unsweetened appesauce.
  • 1/2 cup stevia.
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk.
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder.
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda.
  • 4 oz of crumbled walnuts.
  • 3 1/2 ripe medium sized bananas.

Method :

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to create a base mass.
  2. Preheat the oven at 350F (180C).
  3. Put the mix in a baking tray/dish and bake it for 35 minutes.
  4. Leave it resting in the fridge overnight.

You can also have pancakes and waffles. This is fairly usual

Huel Super Waffles – by Huel

or go for porridge

Ingredients :

  • 1 scoop of Vanilla Huel.
  • 30g of oats (or instant oats).
  • 20g of skimmed milk powder (or just add milk).
  • 200ml of hot water.

Method :

  1. Warm up the water.
  2. Add all together and mix carefully.
  3. Wait for the mix to cool down. You can add more milk or water depending on how you like your porridge.

or just add it to your soup

Leek and Potato Soup – by Huel

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Or try this Huel mug cake: Huel mug cake?

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@Kaedius345 @Latestfuels @DvdVgt thanks so much for these! I had a migraine yesterday so didn’t really eat much but I’ll definitely try some of the recipes :slightly_smiling_face:

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:confused: back up to 145 today but I’m putting it down to weighing myself later than usual and before going to the loo, but also I did have a wobbly weekend food-wise and didn’t really track calories well. Plus I went out and had quite a bit to drink which is unusual for me. Jumping back on the Huel wagon today though and confident it will go back down soon. Reading/looking at other people’s journeys on here and seeing their spiky weight charts is reassuring and a good reality check. Ok if I want to lose all the weight really quickly and not enjoy any food then fine I just need to go hard at it, but that’s not my goal. I want to be able to enjoy food in moderation and gradually lose weight. It’s a challenge for me but I’m up for it. Or at least today I am…
I’m really looking forward to trying a Huel bar for my lunch later.

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Remember, muscles weight more so as you lose fat and gain muscle you might not notice on the scale.

I’m wishing you the best!

Down a tiny bit from yesterday to 144.2…
I stayed well within my calories yesterday but didn’t make it to my gym class as I was working late but I will go Thursday.

Tried my first Huel bar - I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve read mixed views but actually I was pleasantly surprised. I had the coffee one and I found it wasn’t too sweet. It had that kind of dry texture you expect from a bar like that but it was really ok and I found it filled me up quite nicely.

My bathroom scales are on the blink, I think. They’re pretty old digital ones and they keep telling me they have low battery even though I’ve put fresh batteries in about 3 times. Anyone got any suggestions for an accurate but not too expensive set? Thoughts on digital vs traditional?

143.8lbs today so I’m glad that I’ve shifted back down quite quickly after my bad weekend. I’m got a pleasant surprise when I looked at my progress chart.

Huel bars, where have you been all my life? They really fill me up quite nicely and I like the fact that you have to work quite hard to chew them…feels like maybe it burns some calories :laughing: I tried the chocolate one yesterday which I didn’t like quite as much as the coffee caramel one but it’s nice to have a variety.

Still plodding along at 143.8.
I seem to lose weight less when I do more exercise, why is this? The classes I’ve been doing are a 30min intense cardio followed by 30mins concentrated ab work once a week and Clubbercise once a week, and a gentle hour of yoga once a week. On the weeks I skip the classes I seem to lose more weight. Is this just coincidence? I’m pretty sure I’m not building that much muscle, if any, but I do sweat a lot! I take a drink and make sure I have extra water but maybe not enough?

If you’re doing strength training or anything strenuous then it’s probably just water retention - it’s one of the components of muscle repair :slight_smile:

Congrats on the loss so far and well done!

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