Bonjour to you all!
I’ve lurked in these forums for around a month now. I like many others had been bombarded with Facebook ads for Huel and was intrigued. After reading the scathing cut downs from the Huel social media team replying to people who had no intention or interest in Huel, they had won me over and I placed an order.
I MAKE NO APOLOGIES FOR THE LONG POST! AS A NEW USER I AM ALWAYS INTRIGUED BY NEW POSTS AND FIND THE MORE DETAIL/TIPS THE BETTER!
I got my first batch just before Christmas just to try and was… Underwhelmed. I had ordered Unsweetened/Unflavoured and I just couldn’t get over the earthy taste. Even with adding fruits, syrups, SUGAR I just couldnt ignore it. I had ordered Coffee also which was much more palatable (for me). After using 3x scoops and experimenting I had gotten the texture/portions perfect. I even started mixing 50/50 Coffee/UU just to use it up with great sucess. I felt full following the meals and was pretty happy. I made a conscious decision to pick it up after Christmas.
I am primarily trying to lose weight but also to eat better food also. Like a lot of us, my daily lunch consisted of a meal ‘deal’ or a sneaky McDonalds. Even when I attempted to prepare healthy lunches like salad I ended up covering them in dressing, then feeling hungry later and heading to Tesco or McDonalds anyway!
For my next delivery I added Mint Chocolate and New Vanilla. Wow!!! What a difference. These flavours go down like…(insert sexual innuendo here) I had to remind myself to limit my portions! I could actually drink this stuff all day long. Again, I have experimented and found with the different flavours, I mix differently, in different amounts of water and with different additions, but I feel I’m in a nice spot with Huel. I think though continuous experimentation is key and I decided to devote Saturdays to ‘New Flavour testing!’
So, On 2nd January I was : Male, 36yrs old, 172cm, 86.2kg, giving me a BMI of around 28-29. I set a plan of 3x Scoops Huel for Breakfast and Lunch and then dinner was as usual with my family at home. Nothing extra healthy but we never really ate ‘terrible’ food. Things like, Chicken Fajita kits, Omelettes with cheese, 2-3 slices homemade pizza etc.
Today (14th January) I am: Still Male, Still 172cm and 84.4kg. A loss of 1.8kg over 2x weeks
I have been slightly more active than my usual routine, but I feel that’s being propelled psychologically by knowing that I’m having better nutrition so I should adjust my exercise. I’m using the Nike Run Club app and I’ve added 1x weekly session strength training.
My main takeway points/tips:
People always ask for trials/sample packs. I think 2x bags is a trial. You really need to experiment to find out what works for you. Things like mixing method, water concentration, flavours. It really makes a big difference. Take a plunge with your first order. If it doesnt work, then at least you get a shaker for cocktails and a nice t-shirt.
Don’t try U/U by itself before you fully understand that it is exactly what it says on the bag
I find shaking gives a better texture than blending but if you’re adding other non huel flavours/fruits etc blending is pretty essential.
When adding Huel flavours, I add the sachets to the water and mix first. The add the Huel. I think it gives a better taste. I guess in my head its because the water blends with the oats/huel mixture so if the water is already flavoured it gives a more rounded taste? Kind of like marinating. I dunno.
As was mentioned in another thread recently BANANA FLAVOUR! Wow! Underrated. I thought it would be horrible!
-Mint chocolate is very minty rather that chocolaty. I add cacao powder like others. I’d love to add chocolate chips and is on my to do list.
-Chilled is king! I use a SHO bottle to take my lunch Huel in. I’'l occasionally drop a few ice cubes into it in the morning before leaving for work.
-I find that I still attempt to snack in evening in front of the TV. Not because I’m hungry but just out of nature. On my next order I intend to throw a few Huel bars in sub in for nuts/crisps. At least I’ll be getting better nutrition.
-I find that solid food is more interesting now, even after only 2 weeks. We have a meal out this weekend which I am super excited about. I think Huel has made me consider food and nutrition in a way I never seen before. Rather that just sustenance I’m much more aware of the flavours and textures of solid food!
These are all only my opinions and while they are working for me, may or may not be to your taste or preference. That would mainly be my point. You need to try and experiment yourself and see what works or doesn’t for you. I’m sure there are loads out there who swear by UU! I would say Huel is not magic powder. You still need to use it correctly, just like solid food. I’m in now and intend to use this regularly/long term. Its right for me at the moment! Things can change though and the Huel subscription seems to be perfectly set up for those changes which makes me comfortable and happy!
Thanks for reading to the end! (if you did!) If you didn’t then screw you…