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Huel – Week 18 Results

Over the last 2-weeks I have been continuing with my method of 100% Huel each day, with only one regular meal on the weekend.

I maintained a diet of Huel shakes, Huel Bars and Ohso Good Chocolate (1-daily). Depending on mood, somedays it would be three shakes, and on others it would be two shakes and two bars. I like having this option. I stuck to regular times which has kept my body in a routine, which has led to hunger pangs starting approximately 30-minutes before my next shake or bars were due.

Each shake was made with 500ml water and 2 scoops of Huel Powder (400 cal per shake). My preferred method of preparing my shakes was to use 400ml of water with the 2 scoops and shake. Leave in the fridge overnight and then add the final 100ml of cold water before drinking. Calorie intake: 1200 per day.

The Huel Bars used have been Chocolate Orange and Peanut Butter.

Supplements: 1 x Multivitamin and Minerals Tablet (Zipvit A-Z) daily

Ohso Dark Chocolate Bar x 1 daily (Orange and Raspberry flavours used)

Starting weight: 242.3 lbs

Target Weight: 180 lbs

Previous Recorded Weight: 198.9 lbs

Current weight: 194.4 lbs

Weight Loss/Gain: 4.5 lbs

Overall Weight Loss/Gain: 47.9 lbs

Positive Experiences: Plenty of energy to support my 30-miles of walking per week, continued weight-loss.

Negative Experiences: Not taking in enough water after long walks.

Summary

ohso_barI tried a new product during the last couple of weeks and now added this to my daily routine. Ohso Good Chocolate is a dark chocolate bar that contains probiotics and claims to be gluten, nut and sugar free. These are designed for 1-per day and have around 64 – 72 calories per bar (depending on the one you opt for).

So far, I’ve tried the Ohso Orange (54% Dark) and Ohso Raspberry (70% Dark) and they add a little something special to my day on top of the Huel. I prefer the Ohso after my lunch Huel with a cup of coffee, followed by my dark chocolate sneezing. An ‘Orgasm of the Face’ apparently.

At the time of writing, they are currently offering 50% off for the first month’s subscription using code ‘ohso50’ and then it comes in at around £15.90 per month after. Not bad considering that would be a month’s supply.

Bear in mind, these bars are small. I’ve added a picture as the Amazon reviews for these did make me chuckle. Some people didn’t realise that a 13.5g bar would be small, so for clarity I wanted to show them. You get 7 in a box (so 28-bars in a 4-box subscription), and the point is to have one treat a day. So if you enjoy Mars or Snicker bars, think smaller. I’ve never been a dark chocolate fan but since the health kick, I’ve grown to like these and the flavours take the edge off of the dark chocolate taste. You can buy them from Amazon, but they are more expensive there so I stick with the official Ohso site.

Screenshot 2020-07-04 at 8.45.11 amI’ve become addicted to walking, to the point where my anxiety increases when I don’t get out. Even the weather is no longer a factor, as I’ve grown to appreciate walking in the rain. Using the MapMyWalk app, I’ve set weekly time and distance goals and used their provided challenges to keep on track. I’m now hitting 30-miles per week which I split into periods of long distances, days off and top ups when needed. My preference is a long walk at the beginning of the week on Sunday,  which allows for interruptions during week days as a result of work or other factors. If I’ve had a larger cheat day meal on the weekend, I’ll follow this up with a 7 – 9 mile walk.

Previous week meal:

  • Family barbecue (Buffalo burgers, Venison Sausage, Chicken wings)

This week meal:

  • Home made pizza (using sugarless dough recipe)
  • Home made pizza sauce
  • Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pepperoni Slices

My company has now cancelled future furlough rotations, but reduced working hours to 3 days a week. Financially, things are starting to get a little scary but walking is helping get rid of that stress. I’ve booked a week of annual leave for next week, which will bring in a little extra and also give me the time I need to complete my next written assignment for my degree.

I’ve been researching diets to use once I’ve hit my target weight, so that I can maintain a healthy weight moving forward. Huel will remain a part of that as I struggle with solid food for breakfast. So at the very least, I will carry on with a Huel Coffee shake for breakfast, with a balanced diet for the remaining meals during the day. I’ve almost settled on what that diet will be and I will provide details once it’s been ironed out.

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2020 in Health, Life

 

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Huel – Week 16 Results

Over the last 2-weeks I have been continuing with my method of 100% Huel each day, with only one regular meal on the weekend.

I maintained a diet of Huel shakes and Huel Bars. Depending on mood, somedays it would be three shakes, and on others it would be two shakes and two bars. I like having this option. I stuck to regular times which has kept my body in a routine, which has led to hunger pangs starting approximately 30-minutes before my next shake or bars were due.

Each shake was made with 500ml water and 2 scoops of Huel Powder (400 cal per shake). My preferred method of preparing my shakes was to use 400ml of water with the 2 scoops and shake. Leave in the fridge overnight and then add the final 100ml of cold water before drinking. Calorie intake: 1200 per day.

The Huel Bars used have been Chocolate Orange and Peanut Butter.

Supplements: 1 x Multivitamin and Minerals Tablet (Zipvit A-Z)

Starting weight: 242.3 lbs

Target Weight: 180 lbs

Previous Recorded Weight: 204.1 lbs

Current weight: 198.9 lbs

Weight Loss/Gain: 5.2 lbs

Overall Weight Loss/Gain: 43.4 lbs

Positive Experiences: I’ve finally dropped below 200 lbs for the first time in years, weight loss has increased.

Negative Experiences: None over the last 2-weeks.

Summary

With the shin splints finally healed and new shoes worn in, I managed to get back out and complete 8 miles of walking last week, followed by 28 miles this week. This has helped me mentally and physically to get back to a regular routine. I was concerned that being back at work would impact my mileage, but I just switched to walking later in the evening and longer distances on weekends. This has resulted in the weight loss speeding up again after the plateau I went through.

The return to work was a welcome change, although a second round of furlough has been scheduled for the 1st of July. At least that will only be for 3-weeks this time. I have two final written assignments to complete for my degree, so I will using my furlough time for those plus some extra exercise.

Previous week meal:

  • Home made pizza (using sugarless dough recipe)
  • Home made pizza sauce
  • Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pepperoni Slices

This week meal:

  • Wagyu Beef Steak
  • Boiled Potatoes
  • Garden Peas
  • 1 White Pita Bread

As I get closer and closer to my weight goal, I need to start planning how I will continue a healthy diet to maintain weight. I am currently researching foods to support this and I’m pleased not to have any urges for junk food or sugary snacks. It would seem I have finally trained my brain to think more healthily. Better late than never.

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2020 in Health, Life

 

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Huel – Week 14 Results

Over the last 2-weeks I have been continuing with my method of 100% Huel each day, with only one regular meal on the weekend (yes, I was supposed to be Huel only again but explanation is below).

I maintained a diet of Huel shakes and Huel Bars. Depending on mood, somedays it would be three shakes, and on others it would be two shakes and two bars. I like having this option. I stuck to regular times which has kept my body in a routine, which has led to hunger pangs starting approximately 30-minutes before my next shake or bars were due.

Each shake was made with 500ml water and 2 scoops of Huel Powder (400 cal per shake). My preferred method of preparing my shakes was to use 400ml of water with the 2 scoops and shake. Leave in the fridge overnight and then add the final 100ml of cold water before drinking. Calorie intake: 1200 per day (except on regular meal days).

The Huel Bars used have been Coffee Caramel, Chocolate Orange and Peanut Butter.

Supplements: 1 x Multivitamin and Minerals Tablet (Zipvit A-Z)

Starting weight: 242.3 lbs

Target Weight: 180 lbs

Previous Recorded Weight: 207.2 lbs

Current weight:  204.1 lbs

Weight Loss/Gain: 3.1 lbs

Overall Weight Loss/Gain: 38.2 lbs

Positive Experiences: Weight still going in the right direction.

Negative Experiences: Shin splints cut back my exercise goals.

Summary

Things started well, my walking had increased from around 15-miles per week to 30-miles. To those in the know, this was breaking the 10% rule for increasing exercise activity and I paid the price. After a 7-mile walk at the end of last week, I developed shin splints in my left leg.  Aggravated by new walking shoes and increased distance, I rested up for a day (I had been walking daily up to this point). On the second day I still had a little pain but it felt better. I wanted to get back out there and keep my activity at it’s usual level. Big mistake. After a 3.5-mile walk, the pain was worse. This resulted in a week of no activity. It’s almost cleared now but I’m trying to resist the urges to get out and walk until it feels 100% normal.

IMG_0056On top of that, my renewed 100% Huel didn’t last long. I received a delivery of flour and made a bucket load of pizza doughs that are now stored in the freezer. I think the mental torment of not being able to exercise and the boredom of furlough threw me off the rails. I made up a pizza to try it out and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have stuck to the meal on one day of the weekend and then 100% Huel for the remaining 6-days. Even with reduced exercise, the weight is still coming off, so I’m happy about that.

With only two more days until furlough ends, I’ll be back to work next week. This will get me back to a normal weekly schedule and I’ll gradually build up to a suitable exercise level. 

Flavour Boosts

Salted Caramel – my daughter had reported to me how good this boost was and my wife had purchased some to try. I was never a salted caramel fan….until now. I tried this in Huel Vanilla and the flavour was great and powerful. I halved the recommended amount and tried it in the Huel Chocolate and it was delicious. Another flavour added to my list of regular purchases. 

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2020 in Health, Life

 

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Huel – Week 12 Results

Over the last 2-weeks I have been continuing with my method of 100% Huel each day, with only one regular meal on the weekend.

I maintained a diet of Huel shakes and Huel Bars. Depending on mood, somedays it would be three shakes, and on others it would be two shakes and two bars. I like having this option. I stuck to regular times which has kept my body in a routine, which has led to hunger pangs starting approximately 30-minutes before my next shake or bars were due.

Each shake was made with 500ml water and 2 scoops of Huel Powder (400 cal per shake). My preferred method of preparing my shakes was to use 400ml of water with the 2 scoops and shake. Leave in the fridge overnight and then add the final 100ml of cold water before drinking. Calorie intake: 1200 per day.

The Huel Bars used have been Coffee Caramel, Chocolate Orange and Peanut Butter.

Supplements: 1 x Multivitamin and Minerals Tablet (Zipvit A-Z)

Starting weight: 242.3 lbs

Target Weight: 180 lbs

Previous Recorded Weight: 210.8 lbs

Current weight: 207.2 lbs

Weight Loss/Gain: 3.6 lbs

Overall Weight Loss/Gain: 35.1 lbs

Positive Experiences: Exercise has increased with no sense of a lack of energy, getting closer to my target weight.

Negative Experiences: Diet plateau hit, needed to amend exercise duration to overcome.

Summary

I experienced my diet plateau during the first half of this period. I reached 209 lbs and then just couldn’t seem to drop any more. I reviewed my weekly walking distance and amended my goals to increase my exercise. As I am consuming around 1200 calories a day, it would have been dangerous to decrease this any more, so the more logical step was to increase the exercise. I was averaging around 1.5 miles daily for my walks to keep active during lockdown. So this has now been increased to 3.5 – 4 miles per walk. This has helped and the weight began to decrease again.

My water intake has become a problem again for me over the last couple of weeks. I have always struggled with drinking water as I hate the taste and prefer squash and zero calorie fizzy drinks. I’ve noticed dizzy spells which has prompted me to guzzle but I need to stay hydrated throughout the day, not just when the dizzy spells hit.

Previous week meal:

  • Buffalo Meatballs in Bolognese sauce
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Spaghetti

This week meal (barbecue):

  • Venison Burgers x 2 (with bun)
  • Venison Sausages x 2 (with finger roll)
  • Chicken Wings x 4

Having the barbecue was enjoyable, but I paid the price afterwards after overdoing it. I’ve read others’ experiences from eating too much after staying on Huel, so I should have known better. This has shifted my brain back on to the 100% Huel method I was using at the start. As of tomorrow (Monday) I’ll be returning to 100% Huel for another 4 weeks. I’m also going to start logging water intake on my diet app to help keep this at the correct level.

Furlough has been a strange experience. It’s an odd feeling of guilt for being paid not to work but I am trying not to think about it too much and remain focused on my studies. I’ve been able to plough through my module and have almost finished all weeks of study materials. I currently have one TMA due at the end of June (about 80% completed) and then I’ll be starting on my final EMA in August.

So, a new 30-day Huel diet begins next week and furlough continues. Lets see where things will be in two weeks time.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2020 in Health, Life

 

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Huel – Week 10 Results

Huel Delivery

Latest Huel Supply Delivery

Over the last 2-weeks I have been continuing with my method of 100% Huel each day, with only one regular meal on the weekend.

I maintained a diet of Huel shakes and Huel Bars. Depending on mood, somedays it would be three shakes, and on others it would be two shakes and two bars. I like having this option. I stuck to regular times which has kept my body in a routine, which has led to hunger pangs starting approximately 30-minutes before my next shake or bars were due.

Each shake was made with 500ml water and 2 scoops of Huel Powder (400 cal per shake). My preferred method of preparing my shakes was to use 400ml of water with the 2 scoops and shake. Leave in the fridge overnight and then add the final 100ml of cold water before drinking. Calorie intake: 1200 per day.

The Huel Bars used have been Coffee Caramel, Chocolate Orange and Peanut Butter.

Supplements: 1 x Multivitamin and Minerals Tablet (Zipvit A-Z)

Starting weight: 242.3 lbs

Target Weight: 180 lbs

Previous Recorded Weight: 217.2 lbs

Current weight:   210.8 lbs

Weight Loss/Gain: 6.4 lbs

Overall Weight Loss/Gain: 31.5 lbs

Positive Experiences: I’ve always hated running, but over the last couple of days I’ve had the urge. So I have incorporated a brief sprint into my daily walks. New clothes purchased and they fit better.

Negative Experiences: Huel Black didn’t taste as good or as satisfying.

Summary

Lockdown continues so things remain unchanged with the daily routine.

I have stuck to the plan of shakes and Huel Bars throughout the week, and a regular meal on Saturday. Not sure why I changed the meal to Saturday but I think mentally it allows me to go back on track with a cleanse on Sundays. My own pseudoscience I guess.

Previous week meal:

  • Buffalo Burger x 1
  • Home cooked chips (fries)

This week meal:

  • Jacket Potato and cheese
  • Venison Burgers x 2

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Boredom Haircut

Exercise remains the same with brisk walking and oddly, a sprint has been included in to this routine. I was out walking one day and just had the urge to run, so I did. I can’t run long distances, so didn’t even try. But a quick sprint to end the exercise is better than nothing. I have made a point of going out daily, even if it rains, to maintain activity throughout the weeks.

My latest Huel delivery arrived on schedule and I have tried a few extra things this month.

Huel Black

I purchased the Huel Black Chocolate and Vanilla Powders to try. This powder is lower in carbs and I was curious how they would fit into the diet. I honestly didn’t like them. Coconut sugar is used for the sweetener and I found the flavours to be a little flat. I didn’t get the same satisfaction from them, so I won’t be using them again.

Flavour Boosts

Oh boy, these are the bomb. Various flavour boosts are available to add to shakes to give them more variety. I purchased the trial pack which comes with 10 different flavours to try, and I used these in the Vanilla powder. My top three so far would be:

  1. Apple Cinnamon – tastes like you are drinking an apple pie (this will be a regular order now).
  2. Strawberry – makes the shake oddly taste like a strawberry milkshake.
  3. Chocolate Cherry – didn’t come in the trial pack, but my wife purchased this and I love it.

Over the last couple of weeks, both my wife and my daughter have now taken the plunge and started on their Huel journeys. Huel is now a currency in the home and I swapped my Huel Black for two of the V3.0 from my wife’s stash. I don’t think she’ll be using the Black either after they are finished.

I purposely purchased smaller new clothes, ready for the end of lockdown. I used to wear a size 40″ waist before the start of the diet, so I ordered 36″. I figured this would be another goal to achieve over the coming weeks. When I tried these on, they actually fit okay. A little tight but wearable, and I was surprised at how close I am to this size now. Maybe I should have gone for 34″.

So the end of another two weeks with continued results. Furlough begins next week, so more time for studies to keep me occupied. I’ll report back in another couple of weeks to see how things are going.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2020 in Health, Life, Random

 

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Huel – Week 8 Results

Week 8 comes to a close and I have been continuing with my method of 100% Huel each day, with only one regular meal on the weekend.

For this week, I maintained a diet of Huel shakes and Huel Bars. Depending on mood, somedays it would be three shakes, and on others it would be two shakes and two bars. I like having this option. I stuck to regular times which has kept my body in a routine, which has led to hunger pangs starting approximately 30-minutes before my next shake or bars were due.

Each shake was made with 500ml water and 2 scoops of Huel Powder (400 cal per shake). My preferred method of preparing my shakes was to use 400ml of water with the 2 scoops and shake. Leave in the fridge overnight and then add the final 100ml of cold water before drinking. Calorie intake: 1200 per day.

The Huel Bars used have been Coffee Caramel, Chocolate Orange and Peanut Butter.

Supplements: 1 x Multivitamin and Minerals Tablet

Starting weight: 242.3 lbs

Target Weight: 180 lbs

Previous Week’s Weight: 220.0 lbs

Current weight:  217.2 lbs

Weekly Weight Loss/Gain: 2.8 lbs

Overall Weight Loss/Gain: 25.1 lbs

Positive Experiences: People are starting to notice the visual difference, I feel so much healthier, my daughter has been inspired by my journey and is now trying Huel for the first time.

Negative Experiences: I need new clothes but everywhere is shut due to lockdown, guilt from eating a regular meal.

Week Summary

Lockdown has become the new normal. Thankfully, I have been keeping my mind busy with work and studies, so I haven’t had the chance to get bored and go stir crazy….yet.

I have stuck to the plan of shakes and Huel Bars throughout the week, and a regular meal on Sunday.

  • Fried Scampi (coated with coconut flour and desiccated coconut)
  • Jacket Potato and cheese
  • Garden Peas

Exercise remains the same with simply brisk walking. I have ensured I am going out daily now to maintain mental and physical health.

I found that the feelings of guilt and remorse were present again after eating a normal meal, which is odd considering my weight is still dropping. I may go back to one solid meal a month, but I will see how I feel next weekend and just go with the flow.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am going to switch to checking in every two weeks as nothing much is changing in the routine. This will allow me to have more details to report in the blog and hopefully stop it from becoming boring. Perhaps that’s too late for some, lol. I have added my target weight that I would like to achieve. It’s going to be a challenge, but things are heading in the right direction. So for those reading, yes there is an end in sight.

I have a busy two weeks at work to prepare for upcoming furlough. I’m currently working on the handover for my designated support while I will be away, so things will be hectic. Then as of the 13th May, I will start 4-weeks of furlough.

Stay safe everyone and I will check in again in 2-weeks time.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2020 in Health, Life, Newsworthy

 

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Huel – Week 7 Results

Week 7 comes to a close and I have been continuing with my method of 100% Huel through the week, with only one regular meal on the weekend.

For this week, I maintained a diet of two Huel shakes a day, along with two Huel Bars. I stuck to regular times which has kept my body in a routine, which has led to hunger pangs starting approximately 30-minutes before my next shake or bars were due.

Each shake was made with 500ml water and 2 scoops of Huel Powder (400 cal per shake). My preferred method of preparing my shakes was to use 400ml of water with the 2 scoops and shake. Leave in the fridge overnight and then add the final 100ml of cold water before drinking. Calorie intake: 1200 per day.

The Huel Bars used have been Coffee Caramel, Chocolate Orange and Peanut Butter.

Supplements: 1 x Multivitamin and Minerals Tablet

Starting weight: 242.3 lbs

Previous Week’s Weight: 222.2 lbs

Current weight: 220.0 lbs

Weekly Weight Loss/Gain: 2.2 lbs

Overall Weight Loss/Gain: 22.3 lbs

Positive Experiences: No meal preparation, no need to go out food shopping during lockdown, visual changes in weight more evident (clothes are looser)

Negative Experiences: No negative experiences to report this week.

Week Summary

Overall, I am really pleased with how things are going. The anxiety after eating the Sunday meal has gone, mainly due to the fact I am still seeing the weight drop.

I have stuck to the plan of shakes and Huel Bars throughout the week, and a regular meal on Sunday.

  • Ostrich Burgers x 2
  • Jacket Potato

As I am not planning to change the way I am using Huel, I will post an update next week and then switch to updates every two weeks. This will give me a little more time for studies and have to catch up on with the blog.

So another positive week in a World of strangeness and uncertainty. Lockdown in the UK has been extended for another 3-weeks and my cupboards are full of Huel. I think I’ll be okay.

 

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2020 in Health, Life, Newsworthy

 

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Huel – Week 6 Results

I am now at the end of Week 6 and I have been continuing with my preferred method that appears to be working.

For this week, I maintained a diet of two Huel shakes a day, along with two Huel Bars. I stuck to regular times which has kept my body in a routine, which has led to hunger pangs starting approximately 30-minutes before my next shake or bars were due.

Each shake was made with 500ml water and 2 scoops of Huel Powder (400 cal per shake). My preferred method of preparing my shakes was to use 400ml of water with the 2 scoops and shake. Leave in the fridge overnight and then add the final 100ml of cold water before drinking. Calorie intake: 1200 per day.

The Huel Bars used have been Coffee Caramel, Chocolate Orange and Peanut Butter.

Supplements: 1 x Multivitamin and Minerals Tablet

Starting weight: 242.3 lbs

Previous Week’s Weight: 225.3 lbs

Current weight: 222.2 lbs

Weekly Weight Loss/Gain: 3.1 lbs

Overall Weight Loss/Gain: 20.1 lbs

Positive Experiences: No meal preparation, no need to go out food shopping during lockdown, visual changes in weight more evident (clothes are looser)

Negative Experiences: Anxiety from eating a regular meal (I felt like I was cheating), greasy feeling skin after eating regular food, lethargy after eating regular meals, toilet routine out of alignment after eating a regular meal.

Week Summary

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June 2019

Last week, I rewarded myself with a normal meal to celebrate a whole month on Huel. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t a “wow” experience that my wife thought it would be. Personally, I felt guilty eating it as I thought it was cheating. Odd. I found I was full quicker and the dreaded carb coma took hold not long after. The thing I like with Huel is that after drinking, I feel like I could get up and go and do something. But a regular meal makes me feel lazy and lethargic, and all I want to do is nap.

 

So this week, I have stuck to the plan of shakes and Huel Bars throughout the week, and a regular meal on Sunday.

  • Cubed Beef Steak
  • Jacket Potato
  • Selection of vegetables

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April 2020

For the Sunday meals, I could honestly take or leave them. I’ll keep it up for now, but may just remove it completely if there is nothing to be gained from them.

With lockdown still a part of daily life, I have been out each day for a brisk walk playing “Corona Chicken” with fellow walkers (who will move 2 metres apart first?).

When comparing how I looked last year, I am very pleased with the results. I still have a long way to go, with around another 40 lbs I would prefer to lose. But for now, things are going in the right direction.

One struggle I did have this week was the news of upcoming furlough. Previously, my salary had been reduced to 80% with reduced working hours. Now, I will be furloughed as of 13th May. This added stress to the whole Covid-19 crisis has brought on binge eating cravings. A few times this week I have craved KFC chicken and McDonald’s. However, those stores are closed at the moment, so I couldn’t act on them anyway. But it has helped me identify my usual diet was mainly stress eating. Knowledge is power I guess.

New Flavours Used and Review

Mint Chocolate: Not a bad flavour. Has a taste not too unlike mint chocolate chip ice cream, although I found the mint flavour to be very fresh, rather than the fake taste you get from ice cream brands. I found the best way to mix this was with 1 scoop of Chocolate Huel with 1 scoop of Mint Chocolate. This gave a much better chocolate flavour with just a hint of mint. This will also help my chocolate powder last until my next subscription order arrives.

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2020 in Health, Life, Newsworthy, Uncategorized

 

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Huel – Week 5 Results

I am now at the end of Week 5 with my fourth full week of 100% Huel. How did I do?

For the month, I maintained a diet of three Huel shakes a day and stuck to regular times which has kept my body in a routine. Hunger pangs would start approximately 30-minutes before my next shake was due.

Each shake was made with 500ml water and 2 scoops of Huel Powder (400 cal per shake). My preferred method of preparing my shakes was to use 400ml of water with the 2 scoops and shake. Leave in the fridge overnight and then add the final 100ml of cold water before drinking. Calorie intake: 1200 per day.

I have also used Huel Bars (Coffee Caramel, Chocolate Orange and Peanut Butter), these are used for replacing shakes or for snacks.

Starting weight: 242.3 lbs

Previous Week’s Weight: 228.2 lbs

Current weight: 225.3 lbs

Weekly Weight Loss/Gain: 2.9 lbs

Overall Weight Loss/Gain: 17 lbs

Positive Experiences: No meal preparation, no need to go out food shopping during lockdown, visual changes in weight more evident (clothes are looser)

Negative Experiences: Cravings were stronger this week, but the Huel Bars stopped them in their tracks, I need new clothes.

Week Summary

And the one month of 100% Huel comes to a close, and what a fantastic result. I never imagined I would lose that much weight so quickly and surprised myself with how well I didn’t fall off the wagon. One of my biggest surprises was that there were zero cravings for sweets and chocolates. I am (or was) a chocoholic through and through. Never a week, or sometimes days, would go by without me consuming some form of chocolate treat. The turning point was in trying the Cadbury’s Choco-Latte bar. I saw it in the shop one day and decided on giving it a try. As per the norm, I consumed the whole bar in one sitting, all 122.5 grams. Big mistake. This was the first time eating chocolate made me feel ill, and I used that negative experience to remind myself of why I should avoid it. Zero cravings for the sweet-stuff.

As a reward, today I will be eating my first meal since starting this diet/experiment.

  • 1 Kangeroo Fillet Steak (don’t hate me)
  • 1 Small Jacket Potato
  • Selection of Vegetables.

A cautiously small dinner I might add. And yes, I am going to continue with Huel long term. The positive improvements I have seen looking in the mirror, the mental clarity and improved well-being has me convinced that this is the way to go for me.

My new plan starting next week will be:

Mon – Fri – 100% Huel (combination of Huel shakes and Huel Bars)

Sat – Sun – One regular meal only with the remaining meals to be Huel.

I will continue to monitor my weight during the coming weeks to ensure the weight loss is being maintained. I will ramp up my exercise and make use of my daily outside allowance rather than spending most days inside.

On my first post, I made clear that I was not sponsored by Huel in anyway to write this blog. It was something I wanted to do to improve my own health based on the results I had seen from others. This diet may not suit everyone and some may not be able to adapt to drinking shakes everyday. But if you are looking for something new to try, I highly recommend it.

If you are interested in trying Huel, you can use this link to get £10 off your first order. To be transparent, this will also give me £10 off my next order for referring.

I also wanted to give a shout out to Kezie Foods for remaining operational when supermarket shelves were empty. They offer lean exotic meats and have a selection of hampers to try if you are interested. My wife is using this for Keto and I’ll be dipping into our hamper for my weekend treat dinners.

Acknowledgements 

A massive “thank you” to Huel for the creation of an excellent product and more importantly, for carrying on supplying Huel Powders during the Covid-19 crisis. With your support, I have limited my risks by not having the need to leave the home, and I wasn’t affected by the empty supermarket shelves.

A big thank you to Andrew Cromarty and Little Tipple for the information you shared on YouTube. Your videos inspired me to try Huel.

 

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2020 in Health, Life, Newsworthy

 

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Huel – Week 4 Results

I am now at the end of Week 4 with my third full week of 100% Huel. How am I doing so far?

For this week, I maintained a diet of three Huel shakes a day and stuck to regular times which has kept my body in a routine. Hunger pangs would start approximately 30-minutes before my next shake was due.

Each shake was made with 500ml water and 2 scoops of Huel Powder (400 cal per shake). My preferred method of preparing my shakes was to use 400ml of water with the 2 scoops and shake. Leave in the fridge overnight and then add the final 100ml of cold water before drinking.

I have purchased Huel Bars (Coffee Caramel and Chocolate Orange), these are used for replacing shakes or for snacks.

Starting weight: 242.3 lbs

Previous Week’s Weight: 230.6 lbs

Current weight: 228.2 lbs

Weekly Weight Loss/Gain: 2.4 lbs

Overall Weight Loss/Gain: 14.1 lbs

Positive Experiences: No need to leave the house during lockdown for food shopping (what a bizarre sentence to write), maintained mental clarity, continued weight loss, no cravings for chocolate or other sweets.

Negative Experiences: Cravings for junk food but most likely a reaction to stress over current lockdown. Knowing you can’t have it even if you wanted to, makes you want it more.

Week Summary

IMG_4585Firstly, I hope everyone has remained safe and healthy. As per the guidelines, my wife and I have been remaining at home as much as possible. I am still working from home and only leaving the house to drive my wife to work (healthcare worker). I mainly leave my daily walk until later in the evening when things are a little quieter.

I have been able to maintain my strict 100% Huel diet with ease, most definitely made easier with empty supermarket shelves and not wanting to be around more than one person.

This month I have introduced Huel Bars into the diet. These bars are 200 calories each and I’m planning to use these for snacks during the day or by using two to replace a shake if I want something different. At the moment, I haven’t found the need to replace the shakes yet as I am currently enjoying those. After not eating food for three weeks, chewing a bar was an interesting experience, I felt like I gave my jaw a workout.

I am getting concerned about the stocks of Huel powder on the company site. My subscription is due to renew on the 1st of May, and some of the flavours in my order are out of stock. There has been a surge in sales during the lockdown and production is obviously being affected. I am hoping they will be back to normal by the time things ship, but I’ll keep an eye on things and amend my flavour selections if things do not change. I still have two unopened bags and three partially used, so no need to panic at the moment.

Be smart, stay safe and healthy, and I’ll report back at the end of week 5.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2020 in Health, Life, Newsworthy

 

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