I’ve been using Huel for around a year now. I initially signed up because I hate cooking (been in my flat almost a year and still not used the oven!) and found myself spending a lot of money on convenience food - so I wanted to save time and money.
However, after a year off, I’m back into my gym routine and am doing this with Huel for the first time. I’m around 34" waist and want to go back to my normal 30". Normally, I’d go all out with the weighed chicken and veg and see results fairly quickly.
Using Huel, I’ve not seen results as fast and I’m guessing it’s because I just bung scoops into a NutriBullet and blend it up without much thought. I’ve tried reading up the ideal consumption but find it a minefield of acronyms and terms that I don’t really understand.
I’m 26, 6ft, 81kg. Do 3-4 gym sessions per week. 25 mins cardio and 40-50 mins weights. I generally take 3-4 shakes per day, not sure how many scoops as I blend them and transfer into bigger containers but I’d say 10-12 scoops do my breakfast/lunch. I also use diet whey after the gym.
Depending on my day, if I’m fancying solid food, I’ll swing by Morrison’s salad bar for a lil pasta/salad combo or Tesco for a meal deal. Three days a week (when I go to work) I have porridge, melon and grapes for breaky. Of a weekend I generally consume like 1 or 2 shakes per day due to lack of routine - I just don’t get hungry when I’m not at work/uni.
Typing this out I realise I should be changing the solid food options as they’re just processed carbs. I’m just not sure if I’m consuming enough/too much Huel (of a weekday - I know I need to up my weekend intake).
I’ve had it before (as a teen) where I had the notion of just cutting calories right back and lived off salad and fruit, went to the gym 6 nights a week and found results to be very slow. I’m guessing because my body retained fat to function. Around 21, a PT put me on a meal plan with lots of nutritious whole foods and the inches dropped off me.
With Huel, I just don’t know what direction to go in. How many scoops? Do I do these ‘hacks’ and mix it half with protein? What kind of foods should I consume to complement them?
I’m ideally looking for simple advice of how to consume the right amount to power me through work, uni, the gym and get this tummy flat for summer! I want to make sure I’m utilising Huel properly before thinking about the worst eventuality - going back to food and MEAL PREP (ughhh)