I’ve said it loads on Facebook, but don’t just rely on Huel for weight loss. I realise it’s nutritious, and makes it easy to count calories, but weightloss is all about lifestyle change and educating yourself, because once the weight comes off you need to be armed with the knowledge to keep it off if you stop relying on Huel. Going back to doing what you were doing before will just put the weight back on.
For weight loss you need a calorie deficit, and you need to not be too restrictive with your foods for it to be sustainable life long. Calculate your calories online, download MyFitnessPal (free version is fine) and put your calorie deficit in there. The one MyFitnessPal generates by default can be far too low for some people to find sustainable. Put EVERYTHING you eat and drink in there. Weigh food, measure cooking oil, milk in coffee… EVERYTHING. It all adds up. You’ll start to see just how easy you can go over your calories and how easy it is to overeat without realising.
Don’t pay too much attention to macros right now. Calorie deficit is the most important thing. Protein will keep you fuller for longer, so try to get a lot of protein in each day. Carbs and fat aren’t the devil, you need them. Anyone that suggests cutting carbs etc… is just making things too restrictive for you. Protein will also help retain muscle while in a deficit.
There are no BAD foods as such, and seeing foods as bad isn’t healthy. You can technically eat anything and as long as you’re in a deficit you’ll lose weight. You can put weight on by over eating ‘healthy’ foods… something that people are quick to forget. Obviously whole foods are better than processed foods, but a balance makes it sustainable.
I lost over 4 stone last year without Huel, and I honestly can’t recommend cluing yourself up on this stuff enough. You don’t have to eat just Huel and lettuce, you don’t have to be restrictive, you can still eat the stuff you enjoy and lose weight.
Oh, and don’t rely too heavily on the scales for progress. Weight fluctuates, fat loss shouldn’t. Weight will change from day to day, week to week, depending on what you’ve eaten, water retention, whether you’ve been to the toilet, and for women where you are in your menstrual cycle. Taking measurements, progress photos, feeling how your clothes fit etc… will give a bigger picture. Weight will go up and down on the scales, it doesn’t mean fat isn’t being lost.
Also… drink plenty water!! And don’t beat yourself if you have a bad day or week. Just keep getting back on it and being consistent and the results will come. Small changes form habits, consistent good habits make huge changes.