This outta be fun... Started the HCG diet a little over 1 week ago. My protocol is a sublingual HCG tab 6 days a week with a low calorie diet (around 800 cal/day). Initial food list is pretty limited but nothing too different than an Atkins thing. Anyway, I'm impressed thus far. I'm losing (peeing some of it) a little over a pound a day. Before someone tells me its just water weight, obviously some of it is but I also track my fat percentage on my home scale and have found a steady drop in the reported fat percentage. Certain things are very similar to Atkins or Protein Power but some very different. I wouldn't call this a high protein diet as I only get 7 oz precooked a day but it is low carb. I had the initial brain fog on day 4 but awoke the next day fresh, clean, clear and energized. I have 2 goals - drop to around 180 pounds (currently at 200) but most importantly get my blood numbers back in shape. While my tris are high, I was most worried about my insulin/glucose response. For those that just say eat right and exercise - well that does work for some people. I've never weighed more than 215 but its really taking a toll on my 46 yr. old body. I'm fighting genetics and age and psychology and physiology. While I've always been somewhat active, the psychology of seeing a rapidly slimming physique can do nothing but great things. In a nutshell - its been working for me. No hunger or any other issues other than fitting in pants I haven't been in for a while. To you guys that have never had any kinds of weight issues, f off! Once I hit my goal weight I'll post my speedo picture.