This is my first time doing the HCG diet and I am on day 9 but im not losing very much weight. I am sticking to the protocol and not cheating. on my last appointment my doctor told me to drink more water and i started doing that but now I have gained wieght the next thing he wants to try is an apple day. I know I am getting ready to start my period could that maybe be effecting things? I am starting to get frustrated and discouraged cause I have not even lost 5 pounds yet, but i dont want to give up. But this is very expensive and if its not going to work i dont want to continue. I am doing very well on the deit and to my surprise I am not hungry but the fat it just not coming off as quickly as I was thinking and hoping. maybe my expectations were too high?