Hi folks, i am 58 and always been fit-ish,
An ex-service man who works offshore, and since I was about 45 iv been putting on weight, and according to my doctor the fittest fat bloke he knows, as iv always been able to carry it. My BMI has been gradually increasing over the years and I’m now at the point because of it I couldn’t get a medical, (Over 40 bmi and that’s it no joy, no medical). Id like to blame Lock down but in the End its me putting food in my mouth with little to no discipline. We All love a biscuit, or in my case a packet of them.
I’ve tried all sorts of dieting in the past and even Juicing, (which worked temporarily, and I did lose some weight), but it was a chore to keep up and hideously wasteful, messy and expensive for what the end result is. Two expensive machines and a field full of carrots and greens. Juiced red cabbage should be placed on the Human rights list as a serious offence to mankind. Uughh foul.
So, about the middle of last year I was told about Huel and thought I would look into that and never bothered, (huge mistake) thinking I could carry on swimming my way to a health body weight, (wrong). Since this second major lock down and my local pool being shut, I thought I’d give this ago
I swim 5 times a week normally Monday thru Friday, my 45min session I try to complete 2000m and usually get between 1800 and 1950 depending on who I’m sharing the lane with, everyone swims at different speeds. Eg. 25m pool Freestyle.
So, I’m a week into my Huel Diet, I went on to an online calorie calculator and put my details in. And below is what it spat out.(2528Kcals) I had tried the, “My fitness pro” way and everything id eat I have to put thru the App and found that a chore, Just too just too much work, What appealed to me was that Huel was the scoops each scoop was roughly 200kCals, WOW, how easy is that, No brainer, let’s hope I like what’s on offer, Id tried Slim fast so eating powders wasn’t an issue, id had protein powders my entire civilian life so what’s the difference id thought. In for a penny so to speak. So I chose to go extreme and go for the 1600kcals or less
With the information my plan was formed, plus a few videos from You tube about people who had given it a go. I was determined I could do better than before and see how far I could get. So, armed with information at hand I decided to make my 1600 kcals a day (8 scoops). My goal. The BMR is for a sedimentary lifestyle with zero exercise.
So, what’s the mission.
Mission:- To do 1 Month purely on Huel and lose as much weight as possible.
To do 1 Month purely on Huel and lose as much weight as possible.
Well, I’m 1 Week into my mission and discovering what I like and don’t like about the different flavours of the brand, some are ok, and others are what I’d call a taste sensation and is like taking medicine, An Absolute belter has been the introduction of the hot meals, I was a day late to that party, and I’m currently working my way through the range. One meal at a time and mixing and matching too. So now it feels like I am actually having an evening meal and sticking to my calorific intake and scoops. It’s such a No brainer.
Iv even been mixing and matching one scoop of each. I’ve not been using any scales and attempting to just use the measuring method prescribed by Huel. That may or may not come later.
So, what about any other things iv put thru my digestive system, I’m drinking my coffee black, my tea is either green or with as little milk as possible in my English breakfast, Tetley. I haven’t upped my water intake, but I probably should. Other than that, I’ve been ridged in my mission.
Iv lost 8.3 lbs in 7 days. Which is more than lightly due to shocking the system and that will slow down over the next week and weeks.
my routine is:-
Breakfast:-07:00- 0900,Snack:- 10:00 -12:00, Lunch-: 12:00-13:30, Snack-14:00-15:30,
Evening meal:-1700-19:00, Snack:-20:00-23:30.
I pretty much stick to these meal times if i miss it tough luck, iv missed it.
I split the 1600 Kcals -8 scoops through these meal times, lunch and evening meal ill have 2 scoops in one go and only one scoop for the snacks, So I’m permanently in a calorific deficit.
Have i found it hard? Well no not really iv only felt hungry a couple of times, and then ill just have to wait usually an hour or 30 mins to my next feeding session and that normally does me until the next meal time. Im tracking everything in notes on my phone as thats always within arms reach.
i hope you enjoy my story so far.