When is a scoop not a scoop?

Been Hueling for a few months now, primarily to gain control of my calorie intake and I’ve found the results to not match the predicted (using the great spreadsheet in the Mathematical Diet post in the forum). I had heard mention using the scoop was not the most accurate way of measuring Huel. So I bought myself a cheap (though it turns out very good) pair of scales (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01EMX8DRW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and did a few experiments.

A scoop is supposed to contain 38 grams. If you simply scoop the Huel loosely and level off the top with the back of a knife you get between 30 and 34 grams in the scoop. If you use the side of your container to level the scoop and in that process compact down the huel you can get anywhere from around 36 to 46 grams of Huel in a single scoop.

So, in other words, you can pack a whole lot more Huel into a scoop with a little compression - which explains why I’ve not been losing as much weight as I should (perhaps).

So, now I weigh it. Three rough scoops topped off with about half a spoon of loose powder gets it bang on - however after two days of this finding myself more hungry (sometimes it pays to cheat) :slight_smile:


I thought it would have been pretty obvious that a scoop of a powdered substance would differ in weight depending on how much you compact it.

I just use 3 scoops. The reason I bought Huel was so that I didn’t have to faff making a meal. Using scales to get 3 or 4 more grams (or 3 or 4 fewer grams) seems like a faff. :slight_smile:

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I agree, but the OCD in me can’t resist it :slight_smile:

For dieting purposes this stuff adds up though. Say you’re doing 3 scoops, 3 times a day and only getting 30 grams per scoop - that’s 72 grams less than you’re aiming for a day - nearly 300 calories (when you’re trying to get 1500 that’s a significant loss). If you over fill, lets say to the max (like I was doing), which means around 46 grams per scoop then you get an additional 300, which is over 2000 per week.


We are on the scales here. Scooping is convenient but not accurate. I find with mine that over the course of 3 lackadaisical scoops that it balances out on average. But it depends on how meticulous you are with your scooping tekkers.

The faff of using scales compared with prepping and cooking a meal will always win over for me! And I get the added benefit of knowing exactly how much I’m eating!

So this explains why the thickness of my Huel varies so much and how well it fills me up varies so much too.

I used to weigh it, but I got lazy and started just using the scoop. Looks like it might be better to go back to weighing it.

I just weighed a compressed level scoop and it came out at 48g! :astonished:

I used to just trust the scoop - however I tested it and realised the huge variations you can get! These days I use scales similar to these. They are very easy to clean due to the glass top.

I have 8 little plastic pots where I weigh out 8 meals at once, which I can easily then poured into my blender bottle when I need them.

Also, I highly recommend a jam funnel! It really reduced the mess when making my meals, it saves aiming for a small opening in a bottle with the scoop.