I used HCG1234 on my first round and lost 24 pounds. I'm also using it now and have lost close to a pound per day so far in this round. It is "real" in the sense that it has trace amounts of hcg in it, but it is a homeopathic hcg solution. It seems like lots of people on here have lost with it. You can always check out the Newcomer Information threads if you want to know more about homeopathic drops versus hcg injections, etc. Good luck!