I’m just entering my second month of Huel. I’m loving it, and I’ve experienced something that I’ve not seen mentioned here - a loss of cravings.
I didn’t get into Huel for weight loss - I’m in reasonably good shape anyway, and I haven’t eaten meat for the last 23 years. I got into it for convenience. And, when a mate mentioned it to me maybe six weeks ago, it just felt right, despite the fact I’d never once considered or even looked at meal replacements.
In my first month, I had…
13 days replacing 1 meal with Huel
11 days replacing 2 meals with Huel
1 day replacing all 3 meals with Huel
The remaining 5 days I either had no Huel or just a snack of it.
I’m very unadventurous here - it’s always Flavoured (though I plan to experiment with gluten-free), always with water, hardly ever with flavours (I’m still working my way through the sample pack) and I’ve just started adding a teaspoon of maca root powder occasionally, which hardly changes the taste at all.
There’s no particular pattern to my intake as I work sometimes from home in Northumberland, sometimes in London, sometimes in Nottingham, plus two days in Athens this week - and I didn’t feel comfortable carrying a pouch of anonymous powder through customs! I do have a bag of Huel in London, and I’m taking one to Nottingham next week, but there’ll always be the odd day where I’m nowhere near one of my supply drops.
Anyway, as a result, with no effort at all, I’ve lost 4.8lbs, or 2.6kg, and I feel a lot better and more energised as a result.
The more striking and unexpected result, though, is that two cravings I was barely even aware of have completely evaporated.
For years, I always had a big bar of milk chocolate in the fridge, and would have anything from 5 squares up to 20 squares a day, usually after dinner. And I’d usually have a loaf of the lovely uncut, store-baked bread from the local Co-Op, generally making myself a sandwich at lunchtime. Very quickly, I stopped buying both because I stopped wanting / craving both, and it happened so effortlessly I hardly noticed at first.
I used to buy the Co-Op flapjack regularly, too, and the last bag I bought, I ate one of the four pieces in two halves over a couple of days, and the rest ended up going stale and being thrown out. Even having it there in plain sight didn’t tempt me to nibble.
I’m assuming that the cravings were a disfunctional physical and emotional response to missing elements in my diet, and I’m assuming the completeness of Huel has led to these cravings falling away.
So thanks to the Huel Team - I’m a customer for life now!