I’ve created this thread to track my experience of using Huel as a replacement for two meals a day and also to provide feedback to @Julian and @JamesCollier on my experience of Huel as a brand / business. I am in the throws of helping my wife to set up a small business so I am acutely aware of the costs, time and effort involved in marketing a new venture. The content will be boring to most but I’m finding it cathartic to get everything down.
Now aged 33, I spend 10 to 12 hours a day sat at a desk. The brief moment I do get to grab lunch, only affords me time to eat in the company canteen which doesn’t offer the greatest range of healthy food (cheesy pasta, wedges and garlic bread is one of their speciality dishes) so I tend to eat a chicken salad baguette on most days. I tend to make excuses as to why I don’t bring my own lunch in but the reality is - on certain things, I am lazy,
Things weren’t always this way - between the age of 17 and 22, I trained in the gym and the kitchen obsessively and maintained a decent physique. I followed a very clean diet, trained hard, rested and stretched. Ok maybe I didn’t stretch…
This was the period where I became familiar with the Muscletalk forum. A superb source of information and a great community - particularly James. His advice and guidance to many hundreds (probably thousands?) of people on the forum was phenominal.
Fast forward 10 years or so and I’m a (much more rotund) shadow of my former self. A growing family, sizeable commute and chained to a desk have built me up to 15 and a half stone with 3 inch love handles and a gut that a darts champ would be proud of. It’s harder to shift the pounds and easier to add to them (though I am lighter than my heaviest at 17 stone… I really was in a bad way then)
Until last week, I was completely unaware that complete food shakes existed. I’ve used various protein shakes and meal replacements over the years (Whey, Soya, Colustrum, Casein etc) but never a product that has claimed to be able to completely fulfill a person’s nutritional needs, if they so wish. Over Christmas, Huel popped up on my Facebook feed (i’ve since seen it on 9GAG but whether this is as a result of cookies on my phone due to being on here) so I had a read. Being someone that suffers from Iritable Bowel syndrome - or at least iritated by wheat and dairy, the idea of a vegan calorie controlled meal rang out to me. The ease of making the shakes also appeals to me, particularly as I plan to build up to replacing my breakfast and lunch, both of which are whilst I am at the office. I also noticed that James is part of the team behind the product which was a ringing endorsement.
I’ve ordered 1 week’s supply of Huel. I figured that I’ve tried lots of protein powders over the years and even the very worst are just about palatable. Hell, I used to drink 3 raw eggs for breakfast (it was just a phase…!) so Huel can’t be worse than that.
I appreciate that Huel isn’t designed as a weight-loss product but I plan to use it in conjuction with myfitnesspal to help me reach my goal.
My order should be here next week and I’ll ease myself into it by replacing one meal a day and tracking my progress here.