I’ve just opened my last beer and I’m going to enjoy it, for tomorrow my Huel adventure begins.
Some simple information to plot my journey, I’m 32, 33 in 6 weeks, 5’10" and weigh >100kg. Looking to, in time get into the 90kg area but with no definitive target or time limit, the main things I want are an obvious reduction in size, increased body confidence and energy.
I’ll be combining my adventure of Huel instead of two meals and a good meal with swimming as gyms bore the life out of me and I’m an alright swimmer. Normally do a mile a time and have a challenge of swimming the virtual Irish Sea after completing the virtual channel earlier in the year (not at once though!)
I’ll update further as I go along, here’s hoping for a long and happy Huel relationship… I’m off to polish off my beer and build a spreadsheet…(yes I’m that dull!)
I’m still alive… probably not really surprising, things could be a lot worse! Having been on a liquid diet many times before (long story) this isn’t new to me.
I took my first shake with me into work, and it lasted until about 11am. This isn’t the type of thing that I can down easily. Having made it a bit thick and having only shook it, it took a bit of effort to drink…especially when I hit a ball of powder that hadn’t mixed well. The taste and texture I can only describe as drinking vanilla flavoured Ready Brek. Not exactly what I was expecting, but I quite like Ready Brek so won’t complain too much!
A bit of adjustment for my evening meal, more water and a mix in the blender made for no balls of powder, a slice of pineapple made for a bit of tang.
All in all, I’ve started, I’m not hungry, I’m not as tired as I normally am… positive signs. I have a base weight as of this morning, so we’ll see how low I can go.
Regarding mixing, you definitely shouldn’t be getting large lumps of powder. Due to the natural ingredients, particularly the main ingredient (oats), Huel is prone to a bit of lumping. However we manage to solve the major issues recently. So for me I think we need to work on your mixing technique!
Start by adding 400ml of cold water
Then add 3 scoops of Huel.
(optional) add three ice cubes (personal note: I reckon this might help mixing, no evidence to back this up though)
Use the plastic strainer/mesh - if there are a few rogue lumps this will block 'em
Screw on shaker lid - obviously
Hold you finger on the lid whilst shaking - _Huel accepts no liability for kitchen redecorating _
Shake vigorously for 10-20 seconds.
Add 150ml more water via the spout and re-shake, again for 10-20 seconds.
Obviously if a blender isn’t a hassle for you then crack on, but do have this method a go and report back!
So I’m still alive… no death and starvation here. Have I been totally strapped to my regime. No,
There were days where I had 2 Huel meals, there were days where I had 1, there were days where I had 0 (I ended up walking 10 miles around London on Friday and got stuck at Luton Airport…but that is another story!)
This week I’ve been back on the Huel twice daily, I think I’ve found my preferred recipe, 3x scoops, milk and a half teaspoon of set honey to reduce the oaty flavour.
But enough of this waffle. I started this thread to document potential weight loss.
So a week after starting, I’m down 2kg. I weigh myself on a daily basis in the morning before I get going to aid consistency, and results have been positive.
I mentioned a spreadsheet in previous posts… well I have one, and it has a graph!
Obviously you can see where I had off days, but it’s heading in the right direction. I’ve a long way to go, marathon not a sprint, insert generic metaphor here, but for a week in, I’m pleased with progress and hope it continues!