I checked my waist diameter today at 38.5" (183.5#). This compares favorably compared to 42.0" (194#) on January 8, 2020.
In the past 2 days, I have started incorporating Ascent protein drinks post workout for recovery and to reduce hunger. A full packet 31 grams includes 25 grams of protein and a total of 120 calories. I started with half a package just to make sure that my body tolerates it well.
For reference, I am pretty quick to grab 5 macadamia nuts which have about 115 calories or a dozen cashews which would be 108 calories.
The Vanilla Bean flavor is quite tasty. The first day, I mixed a shake with 4 oz water, 4 oz milk, half banana and ice. The second day, I mixed a shake with 8 oz of water poured over ice.