I’ve been reading up on Huel like a maniac over the past week (Huel web team, that spike in website visits? ) and I’m utterly convinced that I need to try Huel out.
I’m 37 years young, I’m 5ft 9in and I weigh a frankly ridiculous 227lbs (16st 2lbs).
I play racketball (it’s similar to squash) 2-3 times a week, but due to my obsession with unhealthy, yet tasty food and drink, I am not losing any weight at all, despite regular exercise. Obviously this is down to consuming enough calories to maintain or gain, neither of which I want.
When I met my then girlfriend (now wife) 4 years ago, I was 189lbs (13st 7lbs), was entering every mud/obstacle run under the sun and eating sensibly. This isn’t to blame my wife at all (), but through lots of meals out in the early days of our relationship and preferring to spend my time getting to know her, rather than continuing to run through mud, I very quickly piled on the pounds and subsequently into very bad habits.
I have tried and failed numerous diets over the past couple of years, all ending prematurely for a number of reasons.
Short term - My first target is to lose 16lbs, so that I am down to 15st.
Medium/Long term - I want to return to a similar weight as I was when I first met my wife, which will be in the the region of 189lbs-196lbs (13st 7lbs-14st).
As of Monday the 1st of October I will be consuming Huel 4 times a day, 7 days a week and nothing else.
At my age/height/weight, the amount of calories I require to maintain my weight is 2,674 per day. By consuming Huel 4 times a day (2,000 calories) I will be reducing my daily calories by 674 per day. I will also continue to exercise 3 time a week, burning a further c500 calories on those days.
This should mean the following:
- I will consume 12,500 calories per week;
- That is 6,218 calories below what I need to maintain my weight;
- With 3,500 calories equal to 1lb of fat, this equates to losing 1.8lbs of fat per week.
- At a rate of 1.8lbs per week I will reach my short term target of 16lbs inside 9 weeks.
To further bore you to tears with maths, this means that at 4 meals of 125g Huel per day, I will require 18 bags to cover the 9 week period.
Well played Huel, well played indeed!
Anyway, thank you for reading (assuming you made it this far), if anyone has any advice (flavours/mixing/curling up in a ball crying) please do let me know.
I will add to this topic as I go. Day one is fast approaching! YIKES!