Hi, I’m sorry if this is a common topic. I’m having great success with Huel Hot & Savoury. I use correct portions of the Mexican Chilli and Madras as a curry meal - sometimes just hot from the pot and sometimes with a bit of rice ( On the basis that it’s a lot better than the fat-filled curry jars and extra cream I used before ). It’s really going well ( 2 stone down metabolism not triggering hunger ). My question though is whether Huel really provides ALL the essential stuff I need ( I’m a 56 yr old bloke, low to ordinary levels of activity) or whether any extra vitamin supplement would be helpful … and if so, which one(s)?
Huel is nutritionally complete at 2000 Calories, so if you’re having less than that then you’re going to need to get nutrients from other foods too.
I get 80-100% of my nutrition from Huel.
The only supplement I add is a little Creatine (1g per day*). Partly because I exercise regularly, and it has been well researched for its benefits, but also because there have been a few studies that shows it aids brain function for vegetarians.
Not sure if it is required, and the studies are pretty new, but given that it has been well proven to be pretty safe then it can’t hurt.
*100g of steak has about 0.4g of creatine, so I’ve guessed that meat eaters are likely getting about 1g a day. This is well below the safe levels most recommended, so feels about right to me.
Creatine is the most well-studied supplement, no other supplement has been studied as much. It is known to be 100% safe in all cases without any exceptions.
1g/day is a bit too little though, even heavy meat eaters would need to supplement with creatine to get the maximum benefits, which are obtained at 3g-5g a day. Can’t really go wrong with 5g/day, every day, forever.
Depends on the benefits you are looking for, but yes, understood that most protocols recommend 5g per day.
A bit late here but …
If my TDEE IS 1600cal, 1600 cal of huel is 100% complete nutrition for me so no vitamin supplement required…isn’t it?
I swear I read that somewhere reputable.
One thing that I didn’t know until recently was the benefits of creatine supplementation on cognitive function/brain performance. [one study here]. So not just good for muscle gains but brain gains too according to this research!
Yes that’s correct Jay
I could never get on with it. Never got any benefit from it at all.
Borocca on the other hand is great for a pick me up in the morning, that is if you don’t mind glow in the dark piss!
So is there any advice for taking Huel with a calorie deficit? Should we be taking multi vitamins?
if your deficit is less than your TDEE then you are going to have find some way to supplement it.
If you’re in a calorie deficit and having 100% Huel, then you won’t be getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. I recommend getting them through nutrient dense foods (like fruits and vegetables) over multivitamins but it’s your choice.
Just on a deficit right now to get into a more healthy range.
No time to exercise right now so the deficit is my only way to reach my goals.
Logistics for me means I can’t cook right now so I’ll stick with multi vits until I can.