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Huel - Anyone tried it?

StLouis80

Active Member
With the New Year approaching, I am looking to get fitter and lose some weight (as I'm sure many of us are after the Xmas over-indulgence).

I'm hearing very good things about Huel and their powdered meal product, so I'm considering giving it a try and wondered if any of you on here have tried it and to what success?

'Allegedly' with the ingredients it contains, it can provide all of the body's daily needs in terms of vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, carbs, etc. A friend of mine is using it for breakfast and lunch, and trying to eat healthier in the evenings, and has lost weight and gained energy, but he says its disgusting in taste. So interested to know if its worth the £££ or not?
 

shodan

Distinguished Member
Everyone is different and everyone needs different things in different quantities so I don't see how one product can serve everyone.

Your friend has lost weight and has more energy because he has changed and improved his diet.
 

Sinead

Well-known Member
I tried it as a means of getting breakfast in me. Was really struggling to find the time to make myself something decent whilst managing my toddler. Taste is ok actually, very oaty and quite sweet and it did make me feel satisfied until mid morning however after about a week of having it I started to feel quite queasy when consuming it and couldn't face it. Not sure why!
 

booyaka

Moderator
Get a proper "meal" plan set up - you'll get everything you need from that.

Breakfast can be made the night before - Overnight oats are a quick and easy option. Personally wouldn't want to use a powdered "meal" replacement as it's not a long term option. Short term gains for weight loss maybe, but longer term it's not the most viable product. £45 for 28 meals isn't the cheapest either.

Think longer term would be my suggestion.
 

shodan

Distinguished Member
Get a proper "meal" plan set up - you'll get everything you need from that.

Breakfast can be made the night before - Overnight oats are a quick and easy option. Personally wouldn't want to use a powdered "meal" replacement as it's not a long term option. Short term gains for weight loss maybe, but longer term it's not the most viable product. £45 for 28 meals isn't the cheapest either.

Think longer term would be my suggestion.
Plus I always think that any product (meal replacement) you buy is only designed to be short term use and not to help you stay slim and healthy for life.
They offer no education in food choices and nutrition and how to correctly read food labels and if they helped you stay slim for life then they would not have a very good business model so they don't want you to succeed too much so you keep going back for more. (Rant over).
 

booyaka

Moderator
Plus I always think that any product (meal replacement) you buy is only designed to be short term use and not to help you stay slim and healthy for life.
They offer no education in food choices and nutrition and how to correctly read food labels and if they helped you stay slim for life then they would not have a very good business model so they don't want you to succeed too much so you keep going back for more. (Rant over).
Agreed - my wife is terrible for trying to find quick fixes from pills/potions/diets/fads etc. Drives me nuts - exercise hard, eat well, drink lots of water and you'll be fitter and weight less. It's not rocket science !!
 

djpaulc247

Distinguished Member
Avoid anything that replaces food with shakes, juice, etc. It's just business and no good for you long term as it's not sustainable.

Avoid processed foods and change your diet to whole foods, protein, complex carbs and "good" fats (oily fish, avocado, olive oil, nuts, steak, etc) and veg where possible, exercise three to four times a week and set some realistic goals as you go. You can easily loose weight / fat yourself without resorting to expensive shakes, you just need to eat fairly well, drink lots of water, and be in a calorie deficit to burn fat.

You can work out your required calories using the Harris Benedict equation (google it), this will give you your BMR (basal metabolic rate) i.e. the calories you need to survive, then there are numbers you multiply by depending on your level of activity, that will give you your MAINTENANCE calories. Eat approx 500 calls per day less to lose weight or 500 more if you wanted to add mass. Use MyFitnessPal to track your calories and you'll then begin to educate yourself more on what you're actually putting into your body, what works, what doesn't, etc.
 

Wardy257

Well-known Member
Eat approx 500 calls per day less to lose weight or 500 more if you wanted to add mass. Use MyFitnessPal to track your calories and you'll then begin to educate yourself more on what you're actually putting into your body, what works, what doesn't, etc.
No need to be as drastic as a 500 calorie cut. The important thing is sustainability. Being on a 300 calorie cut for 12 weeks is better than 4 weeks on 500 calories.

The key thing is to find foods that fill you up so cutting calories is easy. If you are full, not hungry and on a 500 calorie cut then great. I would suggest you keep protein high to aid this and muscle retention.
 
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Deleted member 13294

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I've recently got Huel.

Had a few days doing breakfast only. As of tomorrow will be stepping this to breakfast and lunch.

First thing is the taste. I have the 'new' vanilla. And quite honestly, I love the taste. I have been adding a shot of espresso too and can't say enough how tasty I find it.

The consistency is a bit thick, but again I like that. It's not chewy as such, but it's substantial and for me it's a great mouth feel.

I've found that as breakfast it's been very very filling. No watching the clock for lunchtime, it's surprising how a drink can keep you going, but it does.

A plus for me is I'm diabetic and it's very predictable calories and carbs.

Can't say I've noticed more energy yet, but on the other hand I worked an extra 13 hour day this week and seem to be fine. I have noticed one of the things it warns about.... Flatulence! Be warned. Especially if you're in an enclosed space with me.

I got some flavor samples with it too. Only used the toffee so far. Now toffee is not my thing (as a diabetic I never eat it ) but it was actually pretty good.

I'll try and remember to keep this thread updated.
 
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Today is not a typical day. Had my breakfast huel at 4.30am as I had to be in work much earlier today. I had two large espresso shots in this one!

I'm getting a little peckish now, but then it is 5 hours after I had it.

My blood sugar is ok right now but I suspect I might have to eat a cereal bar before I get to 12 and having my lunch huel. It's pretty much spot on (6.1) but I think it will drop in the next 2 hours.
 

djpaulc247

Distinguished Member
No need to be as drastic as a 500 calorie cut. The important thing is sustainability. Being on a 300 calorie cut for 12 weeks is better than 4 weeks on 500 calories.

The key thing is to find foods that fill you up so cutting calories is easy. If you are full, not hungry and on a 500 calorie cut then great. I would suggest you keep protein high to aid this and muscle retention.

300 cals isn't a lot though when most people who want to lose weight / fat under estimate the amount of food they actually eat. 300 cals over 12 weeks would only give a deficit of 2,100 per week and 25,200 over the course of the 12 weeks which equates to about 7lbs maximum but it's not as though the previous cals suddenly won't count once you go into a deficit so it usually takes a few weeks before any real fat (not weight) is lost. 300 would work, but it would be a much slower process and take almost double to time. #

Most people could easily shave 500cals off their daily intake if they made better simple food choices (less / no sugar in tea or coffee, porridge instead of cereal, no / low processed foods, skip a weekend on the booze, make a curry instead of take away, etc).

Anyway, my main point stands. Better to get your nutrition from food than shakes.
 
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Just had my huel lunch, after my huel breakfast for the 4th day this week.

I'm feeling ok with it. Not been getting especially hungry during the day.

My blood sugar has been excellent, despite cutting my insulin a lot. Typically take around 52 to 60 units (between two kinds of insulin) in the morning. Today took 32 units and my blood sugar before lunch was 5.7. That's a really really good level.

No particular drawbacks so far.
 

Wardy257

Well-known Member
300 cals isn't a lot though when most people who want to lose weight / fat under estimate the amount of food they actually eat. 300 cals over 12 weeks would only give a deficit of 2,100 per week and 25,200 over the course of the 12 weeks which equates to about 7lbs maximum but it's not as though the previous cals suddenly won't count once you go into a deficit so it usually takes a few weeks before any real fat (not weight) is lost. 300 would work, but it would be a much slower process and take almost double to time. #

Most people could easily shave 500cals off their daily intake if they made better simple food choices (less / no sugar in tea or coffee, porridge instead of cereal, no / low processed foods, skip a weekend on the booze, make a curry instead of take away, etc).

Anyway, my main point stands. Better to get your nutrition from food than shakes.
The 3500 calories to 1lb of fat thing is just that, a thing. It has no factual basis. Progress varies from person to person , they key is adherence the is key not how many calories you cut as long as you cut some.
 
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Deleted member 13294

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Well, I didn't have a baseline of what I weighed last Sunday. My last weight I took was in September.

But I've just come through Xmas, and I have plantar fascitis which has severely restricted my activity.

I've lost 4 pounds since that September weight. Likely more as I've taken the belt off my jeans and you can see a difference in my face.

Now I've got a proper baseline it will be interesting to see what I lose by next Sunday.
 

bubs999

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I've completely changed my diet, as I was going to the gym, getting stronger, but not loosing much weight.

I've been eating as healthy as I can and trying to avoid snacks at work (it's very hard, when your office is a car and I stop at petrol stations throughout the day to use the loo)

I've been doing 15 to 20 minute HIIT workouts everyday with the Body Coach.
Today I had my 1st Huel shake to replace lunch. It was vanilla and very tasty indeed. I was feeling hungry about an hour ago and cooked a veggie chillie for me and the Mrs (she loves eating vegetarian and we've cut out meat a lot)

Will see how I go for the next 6 shifts at work! I've already lost a bit around the middle, but want to get rid of a lot more fat around the belly
 
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Ok, so the results are in.... Another 4lbs lost since last week.

That's with two days I broke the diet (team curry at work, celebratory meal out for wife's graduation).

I'm finding this pretty easy so far. Long may it continue!
 
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booyaka

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Good to see the changes but eating/drinking "huel" long term isn't really a sensible way forward.

I eat 3000 calories a day give or take and work hard at the gym 4 or 5 times a week and loose fat/gain muscle without ever changing weight (no need for me to lose weight) About 4 years ago I lost 4.5 stone with sensible eating, hard work at the gym/cycling etc without every needing to use "meal replacement" stuff.

Whilst it's doing what you want short term, surely the cost of it along with boredom of taking the stuff for months on end will set in, then what?

I would serious suggest changing your diet/food intake, rather than trying to replace it with Huel.
 
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I'll continue as I am. Huel for breakfast is a no brainer.

I'm perfectly happy with it for lunch too while at work.

I'm varying between huel in the evening during the week and proper meals. If I ever get to the stage where I'm losing too much weight I'll do proper food every evening, and possibly lunch. But I can't really see that happening.

As huel is nutritionally complete, what's the issue with it anyway? I'm not missing out in any nutrients. Especially as I am having other food in the evenings too.
 

flynnmeister

Active Member
I have it every day for breakfast, have done for months. Sometimes mix with fruit or cocoa powder [emoji16]

Super easy and keeps the blood sugar stable. Love it.
 

PumpingtonSteel

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I'm a skeptic in general yet an advocate of huel
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I luckily was given some by a mate. I also bought the myprotein equivalent.
It has its place. I've got diet protein powder and conventional flavoured whey that all serve different purposes. Some go in smoothie shakes, some when I've worked out, others when I'm on the go etc.
I don't have set routines in my life.....I work shifts. I am sometimes time-rich, sometimes in a rush, on the go. I could get sent out to a new location at a moment's notice and due to self-imposed dietary restrictions, if i haven't got my own pots and pans and porridge and lentils to hand at that moment, the little tub of meal replacement powder that sits in my car is a great shout.
My major issue is snacking at night. Appetite at night is infinitely greater than during the day; coupled with the overwhelming urge to seek out treats, it's the reason I pile on pounds/or progress slow on diets. This is great at that point! A full serving is 100g of powder, so a cheeky scoop of a third of that knocked back when the urge rises helps me stay on track. I still subscribe to conventional good eating habits (am in the process of learning) but this is a very welcome addition/option.
 

bubs999

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Snacking at night is a big issue! 4 days off and I've eaten crap a fair bit in the evening
 
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Well I had a bit of a naughty weekend food wise. Wife was away so had chip shop Friday night and a pretty indulgent Saturday including ice cream. And then for my wife coming back we had a pork roast Sunday lunch with all the trimmings.

But still lost half a pound. And my blood sugar is incredible bearing in mind the big reduction in the insulin I take.
 
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Just a quick note on my favourite combination for huel.

The 'new' vanilla huel. 500ml of water, 3 scoops of huel. I make it before bed, and put a large teaspoon of peanut butter in. It then goes in the fridge till morning.

This makes the huel a bit creamier and allows the peanut butter to disperse a bit more into the mix. You still need to give it a good shake though.

In the morning I add two shots of espresso and give it another good shake.
 

PumpingtonSteel

Active Member
that sounds like three things that shouldn't go together!

i forgot that I also have TPW diet meal replacement powder. Just had a glass of that to wash down the porridge because I know otherwise I'll be reaching for some snacks!
 

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