I have always suffered from “boredom eating.”
I get bored, I eat something. I finish eating and I’m still bored? I’ll start looking for something else to eat.
I’ve never been medically obese, fortunately, but I have gotten extremely close… and it scared me.
I started using Huel way back in the beginning (4 years ago, I think it was) and came up with a few techniques to help me stick to a regimented portion rather than the “boredom eating.”
First, I make a larger portion (aim to fill the 700ml shaker bottle after you’ve done your initial shake with the 400ml water). This will make it last longer, and allow you to pace out your consumption over a longer period.
Second, sip… don’t gulp. If you’re taking a sip of Huel every few minutes, it’s going to last you a good hour. This way, you never go more than a few minutes without having consumed something, and this tricks the brain into feeling as though you’re starting a new meal even though you’re effectively only taking another bite of the same meal.
That second technique makes a massive difference to me! I start drinking my morning Huel at 9am, and I’m finishing it between 10:30 and 11am. Think about that for a moment, because that puts me one hour to my lunch break.
Because I rollerblade during my lunch hour, I don’t have time to eat at all… meaning it’s then 1pm before I’m back at my desk, and bored (yes, I have a desk job, and it bores me). So if I were to make another Huel now, that’s technically a second meal at an appropriate time. Drink that one in sips and it lasts me to around 2:30-3pm… which is about the time the delirious comedy routines start in my office (we all get bored in the afternoon, and make terrible jokes to pass the time more easily).
However, because I’ve had two Huel meals at this point, the cumulative effect makes my body feel even more full for a longer time. I don’t feel the need for anything else until at least 6:30pm, by which time it’s about right for me to have an evening meal.
Now, I haven’t been 100% Huel for about 2 years (I was for a very long time, but I began to resent living on a single food source so I diversify my third meal). I opt for a high-Protein diet (because I exercise an awful lot, and it helps muscle recovery) so I tend to go with a lean meat and veg meal, or an omelette. All low carbs, all high protein, all good for you.
My third strong recommendation (and I assure you this really does help more than you would imagine) is simple: Add a scoop of unflavoured Whey Protein Isolate Powder to your three scoop Huel.
Protein is the most satiating thing you can consume. It triggers the brain’s “full sensor” much more effectively than Carbs, and Huel (as amazing as it is) is a Carb:Pro ratio (37% carbs to 30% protein). Adding a scoop of a quality Whey Protein Isolate adds around 25g more Protein to your meals. Yes, it adds approx 75 calories, but the composition of those calories is spot on for destroying the perception of hunger.
My final suggestion is this: don’t give up!
Huel enables you to take control of your intake, and makes it easy to take control over how you consume that intake. The answer rests in balancing both.
- Make a larger portion of Huel by using more water after the initial mix/shake… ideally fill a 700ml Huel shaker bottle.
- Drink your Huel in sips over a longer period of time (ideally no less than 1 hour from full to empty)
- Unflavoured Whey Protein Isolate Powder… it isn’t cheap, but at just 1 scoop per meal, it lasts… and the difference is like night and day!
- Don’t give up! You’ve already taken the most important steps… you can and will conquer this