I’ve always had the opposite problem of most people, I struggled to gain weight.
So I think after 5 years of Huel I finally figured out the laziest way to achieve my gain goals.
TLDR in middle.
I tried many things. Blend it. Add a banana. Smoothies. Olive Oil. Peanut Butter. Counting calories. Bla bla bla.
In the end every solution always came down to force feeding, which was very unpleasant and therefore I never sustained it. Also the effort of planning, buying, carrying, preparing etc food was annoying. Sadly the obvious lazy choice of more Huel didn’t work, as I could never do more than 3 times 105g Huel shakes per day as it, well, just look up the “Errrm, Huel Poop” thread…
After talking about gaining weight and muscle and Huel with a guy in the gym he suggested I should add milk. Now I never really paid much attention to milk, cause I’m lactose intolerant. So I grabbed lactose free milk, did the maths and pumped 420g of Huel and 2 litres of milk per day. Somehow when mixing with milk I managed to do 4 shakes a day instead of 3 without explosions for some magical reason I do not understand. This netted me 2600 calories by 18:00. And I had room for some dinner.
This was magical for me, but after ~1.5 months it really fucked me up.
I think it was the (cow’s) milk proteins causing inflammation combined with high sugar intake(?) which in turn yielded a whole host of issues:
- memory problems
- brain fog
- chest pain (sting to the heart)
- joint pain
- chronic fatigue
Since I didn’t wanna die I looked for alternatives: Rice milk, Almond milk, Coconut Milk and Oat Milk. Almond milk has too few calories for my purposes, as does coconut. Rice milk was disgustingly sweet. And from reading it also seemed Oat milk was the best choice to be consumed in large quantities without near immediate death type of consequences.
However, there was one problem… After buying Oat milk and drinking a litre I had gas. Lots of gas! 8h worth of gas until I went to bed after which probably it was good I was alone in the room. After telling my friend the next day, he suggested Gluten intolerance, however oats don’t have gluten… but they were contaminated. Gluten free oat milk works perfectly. Also, just explained many things in my life lmao. Switching from beer to cider also btw…
Anyway… time for the
420g of Huel Black
2l gluten free oat milk
equals 2866 calories per day
£10.5 per day (£3 oat milk, £7.5 huel)
From Huel only:
From Oat Milk only:
Total (Huel + Oat Milk):
Switched away from cow’s milk about a week ago and not feeling like dying anymore. My only worry is the high sugar intake of 91g.
Anyway, hopefully this is interesting to someone.
All feedback appreciated!