Wow, starting 10 hours after finishing is brutal, especially if you have a commute. I have respect for people who can make that sort of job work.
I assume you must do IF 16/8 at different times each day? Do you find it still works doing it that way? I know people who do IF talk endlessly about ghrelin and how it teaches you to be hungry at a specific time each day, so you don’t feel hungry before the end of the 16 hours.
That said, I sort of ended up doing IF by accident, although I have read Martin Berkhans book. I have a relatively late breakfast and an relatively early dinner, which is normally in an 8 hour period. And I feel fine eating in an 8 hour period some days and a 12 hour period other days. I guess for some (me) it just doesn’t matter much.
Sounds like Huel could be a great fit for you though. If you need a healthy meal that you can prepare in a minute and eat in a minute, you can’t really do better in my opinion. I often have back to back meetings in my job, so the difference between being able to eat a meal in a minute and eat a meal in ten minutes can be the difference between eating or not!
I find Huel Complete Protein is great. I do relatively low carb and relatively high carb days, and complete protein is great for the high carb days, in conjunction with the “Essential Huel” (the low cost one) it means you can really minimise fat on those days. And it’s obviously great if you are eating a lot of “normal” food that is low protein, and you just use it as protein powder.
The things I would say about Complete Protein -
It’s much more filling per calorie than other types of Huel, which can be good or bad, depending on your aims.
It “seems” more expensive than other types of Huel (it is per calorie), but if you work out cost per amount of protein, it’s about the same really, and easier to buy in bulk, as the overall amount you need to buy to get the bulk discount is less.
It says on the website you need to have it within 30 minutes after adding water (the other types say 24 hours), but that’s just a taste thing, rather than affecting nutrition. Personally, I just make mine at the start of the day, and often have it 12 hours later, and honestly, I had never even noticed a taste issue until I read the 30 minute thing. I still don’t notice it now.
Also, do not have a day of just Complete Protein. TRUST ME ON THIS. Huel don’t recommend it as a meal replacement like the other types, and it’s designed so that a 105 calorie portion of Complete Protein (a scoop) gives about the same nutrition (vitamins, fibre etc) as a scoop or the other types, which are 200 calories. I do not have IBS, and my stomach still did not deal well with a day of just Complete Protein. I learnt this, so you don’t have to.