There is obviously a lot of controversy around the HCG Diet, but after sorting through all the negative crap people post about it I actually managed to find a few successful logs that were very helpful. These success stories inspired me to try it out for myself and post my own log...so here it goes!
Weight: 190 lbs
BF: 20-25%? (haven't bothered trying to test it so this is a complete guess)
Lifting Experience: Less than 1 year
My goals for this diet:
-Lose 15-20 pounds on a 23 day diet and end up around 170-175
-Maintain as much muscle/strength as possible
Daily 500(ish) Cal Diet:
2x Fruit - apple or orange
2x 100g Lean protein - boneless skinless chicken breast
2x Vegetable - Bag salad topped with salsa
The protocol also allows for 2 Italian breadsticks or melba toast, but I'm not a fan of melba toast and I don't know if there is any other acceptable food to swap in for the breadstick so I'm just cutting this out.
HCG 200 iu daily injected subcutaneously
I'm continuing to use creatine and a pre-wo to help maintain muscle/strength and hopefully continue to progress in my workouts. If it seems like this is going to be a problem with the weight loss for some reason I will cut them out, since that is obviously the ultimate goal for this diet.
The protocol calls for 125 iu of HCG but I've seen logs using as much as 175 iu and some people recommending even more than that. I was planning on doing a rather short cycle anyway so with 5000 iu of HCG that gives me enough for 200 iu daily for 25 injections.
4x5 Bent over rows
4x5 Deadlift or Smith Squat (alternating each workout)
Going to start out doing this 2x per week since I'm not sure how well it's going to work out while on the diet. If I feel good after the first week I might go up to 3x per week.
I'm a little late in posting this as I'm already about a week into the diet, so my follow up posts will have morning weigh-ins, workout results, as well as other notes I have been jotting down about the experience.
I hope this will be helpful for anybody that is considering this diet for themselves, so everybody feel free to join in!