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2015/10/26 18:49:08 (permalink)
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Ask me Questions about Huel

We've now added a dedicated sub-section for Huel on MuscleTalk.
 
I'll add information and updates about our products, plus MT members can use this section to ask me, as the Huel nutritionist, questions about Huel products and how Huel could benefit them.
 
Please ask me questions below in this topic or feel free to start a new topic in this section
 
For information regarding Huel, please see our website Huel.com
 
Information on the nutrition of Huel see here
 
And Huel has its own forum here
 
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/10/26 18:49:55 (permalink)
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/10/29 10:40:13 (permalink)
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I have a few questions
 
Who would use Huel?
Why would you use Huel over actually cooking/chewing? Is it just time?
Is it encouraging a reliance on shakes/liquid food, and is this optimal?
 
I have a week's supply in the cupboard. The taste is nice enough, a little sweet for my tooth but very pleasant. I've used it as breakfast most days, lunch on a couple and a mid afternoon 3-400 cal snack. The thing that catches though, is why I would use it - and I'm not sure!
 
Trying to explain to my coach why I was drinking my breakfast and lunch went down, to put it bluntly, like a sack of sh*t! What is the benefit to me/my training? (Appreciating the fact that a heavy exerciser may not be the initial target market).
 
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/10/29 15:21:44 (permalink)
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Hi Phil
 
Anyone can use Huel.  Most people will drink Huel for one or two meals per day and have one or two solid meals.  However, a good number are consuming almost only Huel.  Although it's not primarily be designed for bodybuilders and sports people, a lot of fitness enthusiasts and off-season trainers are using it and find it of benefit.
 
Yes, it's both time and the fact that many people are snacking on crap.
 
The sweetness was an issue; so we have actually reduced the sweetness in V1.2 - the latest batch.
 
The benefits are numerous: Huel is complete nutrition; it's high protein with the full array of amino acids, the carbs are low GI and it's high in essential good fats.
 
One thing that this industry is questionning about Huel seems to be that Huel is nothing faddy - it's just food; but with no crap!  Your coach is welcome to ask me any questions noting my involvement in the strength industry.
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/10/29 16:05:27 (permalink)
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I seriously do like the look of your product, James, and I'm considering trying it out for my own particular needs.
I work a permanent night shift and whilst I enjoy a resonably healthy diet the extra food consumed hangs around my belly and I am wondering if Huel would be the answer to my nutrition on a night.
 
I'm not desk-bound in my job for the most part, it's a physical job I do and I need carbs as well as protein to keep me alert and more essentially, awake. At the moment I'm having my main meal around 4.30pm, a late extra kip and then work from 10-6. Aside from supplementary 'energy' snacks like a Boost Bar and black coffee before work, I pack up either a small pasta/rice-based chicken/tuna meal or sandwiches/wraps which I have at the first tea break (12.15am). On my other break (3.30am) I will just eat some fruit and a protein shake, which keeps me going until breakfast when I get home, then bed.
 
Would you think a serving of Huel could be used for my ONE meal during my shift, or would I need something else as well to keep me going all night? Thanks
post edited by Floydy - 2015/10/29 16:06:29
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/11/02 13:41:45 (permalink)
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Hi Floydy
 
You'd have to forgo the Boost Bars , but yes, Huel would be ideal for one of your shift snacks on its own.
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/11/02 16:35:21 (permalink)
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Hi Floydy
 
You'd have to forgo the Boost Bars , but yes, Huel would be ideal for one of your shift snacks on its own.


Thanks James...my oh my, my Boost Bar fetish has even worked its way up to MTHQ.
I'm thinking after Christmas as part of my upcoming diet/training/New Year's resolution plans that I'll be giving your product a go.
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/11/24 19:37:59 (permalink)
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Hi Phil
 
Anyone can use Huel.  Most people will drink Huel for one or two meals per day and have one or two solid meals.  However, a good number are consuming almost only Huel.  Although it's not primarily be designed for bodybuilders and sports people, a lot of fitness enthusiasts and off-season trainers are using it and find it of benefit.
 
Yes, it's both time and the fact that many people are snacking on crap.
 
The sweetness was an issue; so we have actually reduced the sweetness in V1.2 - the latest batch.
 
The benefits are numerous: Huel is complete nutrition; it's high protein with the full array of amino acids, the carbs are low GI and it's high in essential good fats.
 
One thing that this industry is questionning about Huel seems to be that Huel is nothing faddy - it's just food; but with no crap!  Your coach is welcome to ask me any questions noting my involvement in the strength industry.




Missed your reply James, apologies.
 
I have (albeit returned to training) dropped 2.5kg in about 3-4 weeks, based on Huel as my snack instead of whatever else I turned to before.
 
I use it as a breakfast - mix it with omega seeds, cocoa nibs, a bit of choc whey and a teaspoon of cocoa powder - made up with almond milk it really does taste excellent. Very thick, filling and worth the money.
 
Will put my coach on to you, not sure he will ask - but at least he has the info then!
 
One more question - Huel pre-exercise. How easy is the digestion and absorption of it? I have tried a couple of rugby matches with a shake on my way to the game as pre-game nutrition. Is this something you would recommend, is it something suitable, and for an average 2.15 kick off what time would it be best consumed for digestion not to interfere too much with running around?
 
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/12/01 15:31:50 (permalink)
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Hi Phil - glad you're getting on well. Happy to speak with your coach.
 
Nutritionally, Huel is ideal pre-game as it will provide sustained energy from the low GI carbs and MCTs through the game.  However, volume wise it's quite heavy so practically it may not be ideal to have too large a portion as you'll feel too bloated to run around.  Maybe just 2-3 scoops in water pre-game.
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/12/01 15:45:35 (permalink)
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Read body type nutrition's write up on my lunch. Was about what I expected.
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/12/01 16:01:13 (permalink)
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Read body type nutrition's write up on my lunch. Was about what I expected.

Yes, I read that earlier too.  Some of it was fair:
http://bodytypenutrition....blog/huel-future-food/
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/12/16 16:23:23 (permalink)
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Hi James what liquid intake do you recommend while using huel 2/3 times per day? Eg I have a sw tooth and tend to drink diet fizzy pop or cordial which I know isn't the best would u recommend against this? And what about caffeine intake while using huel eg black coffee should that be lowered??
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/12/16 17:14:25 (permalink)
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Any thoughts about taking this RTD and trying to push out toward supermarkets? 
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/12/17 09:49:03 (permalink)
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Hi James what liquid intake do you recommend while using huel 2/3 times per day? Eg I have a sw tooth and tend to drink diet fizzy pop or cordial which I know isn't the best would u recommend against this? And what about caffeine intake while using huel eg black coffee should that be lowered??

Just drink plenty.  The odd diet pop / cordial is fine if you enjoy them.  Caffeine: tea and coffee should be limited to max 3-4 per day for good health whether you're a Hueler or not.
 
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/12/17 09:49:26 (permalink)
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Any thoughts about taking this RTD and trying to push out toward supermarkets? 


Mixed feelings on both; we'll review as we grow.
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/12/17 12:40:15 (permalink)
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Any thoughts about taking this RTD and trying to push out toward supermarkets? 


Mixed feelings on both; we'll review as we grow.




Will be interesting to see, I think that you could wrestle away some market share held by yakult, benecol drinks etc. 
 
I think something like that would be a staple into my fridge presuming the cost was affordable. 
 
The profile you currently have means this would be fairly unique within that market as well.
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/12/28 11:54:27 (permalink)
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James do u feel there is a need or benefit to adding in the usual post workout shake of whey while using huel? Or is it not needed? Is a huel post workout as good?
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/12/28 15:30:59 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby CLIFFORD2K1 2015/12/29 22:00:59
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James do u feel there is a need or benefit to adding in the usual post workout shake of whey while using huel? Or is it not needed? Is a huel post workout as good?

Great question!
For the recreational trainer, Huel is perfectly good - it has carbs and protein.
For the more advanced athlete, then there may be a benefit from fast acting carbs to replenish stores.
 
However, from next week I'll actually be using Huel as a PWO shake myself.
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/12/28 17:13:46 (permalink)
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I'll be honest I've tried both and energy levels are definitely better using huel post workout but is there enough protein there. Suppose I could add a scoop of whey into there huel but it feels like its defeating the purpose. My body seems to much prefer the pea and rice protein and seems to enjoy the break from dairy. Will probably leave the whey out to give huel a true chance
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Re: Ask me Questions about Huel 2015/12/29 09:04:54 (permalink)☄ Helpfulby CLIFFORD2K1 2015/12/29 22:00:56
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I'll be honest I've tried both and energy levels are definitely better using huel post workout but is there enough protein there. Suppose I could add a scoop of whey into there huel but it feels like its defeating the purpose. My body seems to much prefer the pea and rice protein and seems to enjoy the break from dairy. Will probably leave the whey out to give huel a true chance

Yes, there is enough protein - protein requirements are exaggerated in bodybuilders in reality.
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