Newbie @ 43Kg overweight


I thought that the title would get your attention…

I’m 5`7” & weigh in at 114.5kg or 18st… I’m 39 years old, never ever been slim, I was ever a BIG baby (so I’m told) & only gained 5-6st in last 20 years.

Now I do not eat a lot of food contrary to what you may think, most people eat loads more than I do everyday but what I do eat either comes in a box,packet or wrapper & when you consider that a loaded burger on its own can be 1200 calories it’s not hard to over eat without excessive amounts


I intend to use the powder to replace to 2 meals a day & then eat what I need to too makeup the difference to the 1500 calories a day limit I’m going to go for. After experimenting 3 scoops of powder makes it far to grainy in the shaker for me to drink so will only be having 2 scoops with 400ml of water topped up with blended fruit which in tests fills the shaker to the top. The added fruit works out at 60-80 calories per shake, is that amount sustainable??? Or too much…

I already drink around 2lts of water everyday but my exercise regime is non-existent & my job entails sitting down for around 12hours a day with very short walks dotted in, I’m open to suggestions.


If possible refrigerate Huel overnight. If you are blending the fruit, blend the Huel with it, may make it more smooth, although I personally don’t find it grainy.

With regards to your calorie intake, it is quality as well as quantity that matters. A loaded burger and a pizza will probably take you over your limits. If you were just eating vegetables, fruit, grains and pulses you would see a larger plate of food providing same calories, and they’d probably keep you satiated longer too.

It’s a case of stick at it, and if possible increase your exercise when you can…weekends maybe, or a walk outside at lunchtime, to or from work. etc.

Your current plan should work for you if you are careful with your “make up the difference” food choices.


Have you heard of IF (intermittent fasting) I’ve been doing it for a while now it’s become a life style instead of a diet. The idea is you don’t eat for 16 hours then eat during an 8 hour window. I won’t go full sell mode to you here but I found it a great help to stop craving snacks and sticking to a calorie limit. I’ll have my huel shake of 3 scoops + 500ml of water at around 1:30 and usually won’t eat till I get home and have my second meal at 6:00-7:00 but I may fall victim to a biscuit or 5 before then. I’ve managed to get myself down from 16 stone to 14 without finding the life style hard or enjoyable.