So I’m very new to Huel, been doing it for a week and lost 3lb which I am thrilled about. I followed the instructions and introduced it slowly into my diet, I am currently having porridge made with water and oats for breakfast, 100g Huel shake for lunch and 100g Huel shake for dinner and I haven’t been too hungry, my only issues have been that I’ve had a lot of headaches and I’m the last 2 days have found the shakes hard to stomach. It’s like there’s a horrible aftertaste that the flavours (I’ve got chocolate and banana powders) aren’t masking and I’ve started to feel nauseous and kind of miserable. Any advice would be great as I want to lose a stone and a half and this is working.
I am not sure if you have tried refrigerating them overnight but this can help with both the taste and texture. How much liquid per 100g? More liquid can again help to soften the flavour.
I’ve tried extra water but I prefer the texture a little thicker plus it’s less to drink as I’m not currently enjoying it. I will try the refrigerator over night. I was also thinking of maybe using just 50g and then having another 50g Shake an hour or so later as i thought it may be easier to stomach
I see what you mean, but it can actually taste nicer with more liquid and therefore not be so arduous to drink. How much liquid do you add? You can also substitute some of the water for milk (plant based is my recommendation) although bear in mind this does add more calories per serving. If you are trying to keep to a certain amount of calories then of course it doesn’t matter if you have one 100g or 2 50g meals.
I second the suggestion of adding plant milk. It definitely makes it thicker and creamier than just using water. If you are concerned about additional calories, Alpro unsweetened almond milk is only 13kcal per 100ml and so a low calorie way of adding liquid and changing the flavour without adding loads of calories. Substituting 200ml of water with 200ml of plant milk makes a big difference.
You’re getting a lot of fibre relative to the calories you’re consuming. Up your fluid intake throughout the day as fibre acts like a sponge in the gut.
I’m not sure about the aftertaste but to be honest, I would be pretty miserable on that diet too. Try and have 2 Huel meals and one homecooked meal. It will be easier to sustain, tastier and better nutritionally. Huel is nutritionally complete at 2000kcal so only 800kcal plus porride and you’re going to have a low intake of some nutrients.
I was in exactly the same situation as you - first few days my stomach would turn at the thought of having have another shake and I looked at the two large bags of Huel and thinking I’d thrown money away. But small changes made a massive difference:
- Refrigerate - top advice from this forum and with the chocolate one in particular, it makes a massive difference
- Plant milk - again great for the chocolate shake and I now do half water, half almond milk
- A handful of frozen berries in the vanilla makes life so much better
I still find them grainy but after 3-4 days, I am now absolutely fine with them. When I think back to those first couple of days, I was so nauseous, I would just try and choke it down without gagging. Now, all is good!