I’ve been around the forum for a few weeks now but this is my first thread - I started on Huel 3 weeks ago today, with the aim of eating healthier and in particular losing weight - my family and I are going to centreparcs in the summer and several of them wanted to do one particular activity which involves climbing in the trees - and I’m too heavy! I’m not so desperate to do this that I’d be devastated if I wasn’t able to, but it served as a reality check that I should probably do something about all this fat, and a handy motivator.
So 3 weeks ago I weighed pretty much exactly 19 stone (267 lb). My effort at weight loss has been made slightly easier by the fact that I cycle to and from work - about 8 miles each way. Apparently for a 19 stone guy that’s about 700 calories - which isn’t 100% accurate but I assume it’s in the right kind of ball park (I know all too well that on days with lots of head wind, I’m likely to be burning lots more calories, but my simple GPS tracker thinks I’m burning less because I’m going slower). I used to cycle all the time for a few years, but this slipped a bit last year after our third child came along - I was driving in a lot more, working from home more too, and some weeks the bike didn’t come out at all.
I decided to use Huel after watching a program about the Cambridge Diet plan (I don’t think it explicitly mentioned it by name, but my wife has a friend who is a CDP consultant and knew that this is what the program used). I decided not to use CDP for purely financial reasons - £50+ per week is a little much for our 3-child budget. So I decided to keep that as a very last resort, and try to do a “DIY” version using Huel instead. I’m only using Huel for around 1000 cals a day, so I also take a multivitamin - and I try to make sure that any snacks are relatively high in protein, as well as healthier than what I was having before, to make up for that too.
I’ve also found that tracking calories precisely has been really important - even if the day doesn’t quite go to plan, accurately recording absolutely everything has been really useful. The only exception is that I don’t track teas and coffees, which I have with milk but no sugar (I used to have 2 sugars in tea, but a few days into this I found I could bear the taste of tea without sugar, which I couldn’t before) - my logic here is that if I’m at the point where a few shot-sized portions of milk is pushing me over the edge - there’s probably a bigger problem that got me to that point in the first place.
Here’s a brief summary of the three weeks so far:
(I’m 6 foot 1 inch tall, just for reference)
Week 1- Weds 6 Jun - Tues 12 Jun
days cycled - 2
Average calorie intake - 1681 cal/day
Starting weight - 267 lb (19 st)
End weight - 260 lb
Average weight - 263.7 lb
Week 2- Weds 13 Jun - Tues 19 Jun
days cycled - 3.5 (3 commutes & 1 spontaneous ride)
Average calorie intake - 1825 cal/day
Starting weight - 260 lb
End weight - 256 lb
Average weight - 257.9 lb
Week 3- Weds 20 Jun - Tues 26 Jun
days cycled - 3
Average calorie intake - 2092 cal/day
Starting weight - 256 lb
End weight - 251 lb (17st 13lb! - the weight limit at centreparcs is 18 stone, but I’d rather be comfortably within the limit rather than on the edge of it, as well as just generally getting down to a more healthy weight)
Average weight - 253.6 lb
obviously that’s this week, starting today. My aim is to try and keep below or around 2000 cal/day (average - I do eat a bit more on cycling days) and I’ve cycled in today, which is unusual for a Wednesday, so I might be cycling in 4 times this week (Monday never happens, as Monday has to be a work from home day anyway)