ETA: Just realised I never really introduced myself. I’m Abi, 25, a wife, mother and postgraduate student. I’ve been following the forum for a week or so now, and have been using Huel for around 1 month
I’ve been using Huel for about a month now, and wanted to begin sharing my experiences using it to support my goal of healthy postpartum weight loss while breastfeeding.
I’ll admit it, the 50lbs (sigh) I gained while pregnant were mainly caused by my indulgence in second breakfast, second lunch, second dinner, and eating ALL of the desserts while pregnant (I regret nothing). Due to breastfeeding, my baby having a cows milk protein allergy (which means I can’t eat any dairy) and having a little boy who, for months, would only stop crying if I walked him around in a sling constantly, I started to lose weight after giving birth, very quickly, actually too quickly. Some weeks I was losing 3-4lb a week, I was barely making time to eat anything, and when I did eat, it would be a handful of crisps, or some oreos.
I decided to start using Huel, because I would know I (and my baby) would be getting nutritious food, with minimal prep and it’s something I can have on the go. A month in, I’m no longer having the dizzy spells, headaches or lack of energy that I was having before, and I generally feel much better for it.
Currently I’m having 1 Huel meal a day (3 scoops), for breakfast usually.
13 weeks postpartum
Hips - 37”
Waist - 28”
Bum - 42”
Chest - 33.5”
A typical day of food
Breakfast- 3 scoops of huel with water
Lunch - Tuna or hummus sandwich or beans on toast (sometime some crisps too)
Snack - occasionally might have some nuts, or if I’m out I would usually get an iced coffee.
Dinner - Fish/Meat substitute with veg and couscous or pasta.
Dessert - Might have a few dairy-free biscuits if we have any in the house.
A typical day of exercise
Walking between 5-10k steps most days
Carrying/wearing an increasingly heavy baby
Breastfeeding (burns approx 300-500cals per day)
I don’t have any set goals, particularly not with weight, although I’m still 19lbs heavier than pre pregnancy. I’m currently 1 or 2 dress sizes larger than I was before pregnancy so my aim is to return to a similar size within the next 6 months or so. Ideally, I’d like to see a reduction in my waist and hip measurements, chest and bum I am happy to remain the same haha (if only that was how life worked). Also having (through being bed bound) previously lost 24lbs, and a lot of muscle weight, I’d quite like to focus on losing more fat and building more muscle.
Any tips/comments/experiences are very welcome