Hello all. I wondered if anyone else has noticed this.
I have used various fitbit devices which monitor my heartrate 24/7 and also log my workouts, steps, etc. Currently on a FitBit Surge which I’ve had since around the middle of last year.
I was unwell in December and January (okay, really unwell, I died and spent a month in a coma in hospital missing Christmas and New Year - I can actually recommend missing Christmas!) but I’m back to normal now, getting in at least a one or two hour walk in the morning in addition to doing other stuff throughout the day) and I’m going to start running again in the next couple of weeks (running both the full Brighton Marathon and full London Marathon next April) but one thing that had been causing me concern was that my resting heartrate just wasn’t as low as it used to.
Okay, not ‘concern’ as such, just something I noticed, or, more independently, fitbit noticed. While I was marathon training last year my resting heartrate was down to around 52bpm, only increasing in the day or two before I got something like a cold or flu or during an illness. Since getting out of hospital (and really not being in shape) my resting heartrate has pottered around 64-67bpm. It’s not something I’ve physically counted myself. My fitbit measures it every second and then plots it on a graph which should be pictured below, if I’ve worked out how to use this forum.
I got my first two packs of vanilla Huel on Tuesday and I’ve used it to substitute about 50% of calorific intake since then aiming to get to 2,400 a day. Not running 13-20 miles at the weekend for a long run and 10-15 miles throughout the week has expanded my tummy a bit.
Anyway, my point:
Since starting to use Huel I noticed a drop of 1bpm a day of my resting heartrate, as measured by Fitbit.
Here’s a chart from fitbit this morning. It shows the resting heartrate my fitbit recorded over the last 30 days:
The 61 on the right is the resting heartrate it’s recorded for today (Saturday 11th June) and each blob to the left represents a day over the last month. So the 67 is the resting heartrate it recorded 11 days ago
While my Fitbit Surge is hardly a ECG (it uses an optical HR sensor on the back of the watch and that’s it) it does record my HR 24/7.
I’m counting it as an independent reading as I’m not counting it myself, it doesn’t take bribes, it doesn’t know what I eat, isn’t open to suggestion but it’s noticed that my resting HR has dropped 1bpm a day since starting to use Huel. While I don’t have a control (I don’t have another me who hasn’t been using Huel and doing my exact daily routine) you can see that over the last month my RHR hasn’t dropped that low (and it hasn’t been that low for ages).
Has anyone else got a fitbit or similar device and has the RHR dropped since you’ve started using Huel, out of interest?