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Hey everyone, I’m Abbey Sharp and welcome to Abbey’s Kitchen. Today I’ll be chatting about the HCG diet and discussing its safety for weight loss and looking …

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  1. regardless of the diet name if you eat 500 calories a day for 40 days you will lose a bunch of weight. so yes it does work she is dodging that. and it is a fact. now all the horrible stuff she lists on and on. those are all true. it does not teach you how to maintain your weight. and is very hard on your body. and there are a lot of risks with it. for the HCG part of the diet whether you inject it. or do the drops under your tongue. if you restrict your caloric intake to 500 calories a day. you can inject yourself with or stick under tongue any thing you like you will still lose a bunch of weight. it is a placebo effect to occupy your mind that your are starving yourself.

  2. And she fails to mention that good amount of foods have little calories…like strawberries and apples and veggies as well…strawberries have 8 cal per…but ur body uses more calories to break down the strawberry than what's in the fruit…ita called "negative calorie" food

  3. I've done this 2 times in 10 yrs…and yes it works..i lost 61lbs in 54 days…i didn't control where the fat was lost..but for me..it was my face…and thighs..then stomach area..but stomach was the last to lose..do research and u can lose weight ….i did the injections…which are small diabetic needles..u poke ur stomach as u pinch the area.. once u get past doing 2 weeks .u are good to go

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  5. I work at a place that used to sell HCG supplements and promoted the HCG diet. I’m very proud to say I was responsible for getting them to stop that shit. Basically, I refused to push it and when my boss/the owner of the place gave me a chance to explain why I explained how damaging it actually was and showed them a bunch of studies and so forth. At first I was worried about getting fired, but they actually listened to what I had to say and now they don’t sell that crap.

    Always stick by your convictions, people!

  6. Hi Abby! I don't usually comment a lot on videos. But I love your videos! I'm recovering from an eating disorder and your videos are super helpful! You mentioned in this video to slowly create healthy habits. Would you make a video on how to start those habits? I often feel overwhelmed when it comes to eating habits, eating disorder therapy got me thinking that I need to follow a meal plan to be healthy but that again feels like food rules. What do you think would be a good start in creating habits that are not focused on weight loss but in healing my relationship with food. Thanks!

  7. Mmmm injections – I pass don't need to know more – I hate needles coming my direction. I prefer healthy methods which include eating the right stuff (old fashioned he).

  8. I tried this diet in college where it was easy to skip meals (i.e. don't go to the dining hall) and my finances restricted me from going grocery shopping. I did lose weight, went from 175 down to 150. But I found myself becoming obsessed with "thinspo" and trying to get lower in weight. My self-talk was started to get negative, and that's when I knew I had to stop. Today, I weigh more than 150, and that is OK! I feed myself nutritious meals that are whole food plant based and allow myself to have the occasional treat. I've learned that I am worth it, and I deserve to be healthy and happy.

  9. My in laws do this diet all the time
    …it's awful. They lose an insane amount of.weight and then gain it all back right away. The textbook definition of yoyo dieting

  10. I wish this video had been around 11 or 12 years ago when I got desperate enough to try the HCG diet. I'll try to explain my experience with it, but it's complicated by an illness that was sort of the whole reason I got desperate enough to try such a crazy diet in the first place. Thank you for spreading the word about this awful diet though. Some of my story might be a little graphic and triggering.

    So, a bit of background. My illness probably started when I was 12, but it wasn't that bad until getting mono worsened it when I was 20. Basically I was experiencing some bad days with intense exhaustion and muscle and joint pain for seemingly no reason. The bad days happened a lot more often after getting mono. Up until then I could eat 2000 calories a day easily without gaining weight, unless I was spending too much time in front of the tv. After the mono some weight started to creep on slowly, so I cut my calories to 1500 a day and started exercising more, which was very difficult because of how terrible I was feeling. Only problem was it didn't stop the weight gain, and then I got pregnant.

    I actually didn't gain a lot while pregnant and was only 20 lbs over my ideal weight after my first was born, not bad for having begun the weight gain even before the pregnancy. For the next year and a half I was breastfeeding, eating 1500 calories a day, and exercising to take the weight off, but the scale kept going up instead. My health got much worse too. I was extremely exhausted, in a lot of pain nearly every day, and digestive issues developed and quickly worsened. Once I stopped breast feeding when my kid was a year and a half old I dropped my calories to 1000 per day and sometimes less, partly from dieting and partly because I was very often sick to my stomach. It got to the point where I would eat breakfast, feel sick, skip lunch, force myself to eat dinner, spend the night wanting to throw up, and then finally in the morning throw up both my undigested breakfast and dinner from the day before. If I managed to keep my food down I'd end up with diarrhea instead.

    My weight kept going up, and I found myself collapsing after exercise, too tired and in too much pain to stand. Then one day I collapsed on the kitchen floor in the middle of making dinner and just bawled until my husband came home and scraped me off the floor. Every muscle and joint felt like they were on fire, and I was so deeply exhausted I wondered if that was what dying felt like. I was 75lbs overweight at that point and sick as a dog, so my husband and I scraped together enough money for me to see a doctor. The doctor (who should never have been given a medical license) listened to everything I've written above, then said "Look, you can make all the excuses you want, but you've allowed yourself to become severely overweight. It's simple, lose the weight and your digestive issues will clear up, and your joints will stop hurting. Eat less, eat healthier, and exercise more. Stop crying." Then I was sent home without a single test done to see if anything was wrong with me.

    It wasn't long after that I heard of the HCG diet. I knew I shouldn't be gaining weight eating 1000 calories or less a day, especially since half the time I'd throw my food back up or it would run right through me. My doctor was an idiot, but I was desperate and let the "eat less" part of his orders influence my decision to try the diet. I thought I'd struggle with the it more than I did, but I took to eating 500 calories a day pretty well for the most part. I was only hungry toward the end of round one because my digestive issues improved quite a bit. My muscle and joint pain even improved a little, but not enough to get excited about. I lost 18lbs during round one and kept it off for the next six months while waiting to start round two. I had a fairly hard time getting my calories back up like I was supposed to though. Over 1000 and I would start having problems digesting my food again.

    Then I was dumb enough to push my luck and try for round two to lose more weight. The second time around I was hungry all the time, had constant headaches, and generally felt terrible, so I had to quit halfway through without losing any more weight. Afterwards I had the worst time getting back up to just 700-800 calories a day, my digestive issues came back worse than ever, half my hair fell out, and my weight kept going up until I topped out at 235lbs. I eventually improved my condition some by giving the double bird to anyone who tried to give me advice on what to do. I ate whatever I wanted and thought I could hold down no matter what it was, until I was only sick to my stomach half the time instead of 100% of the time.

    After a while I finally looked for help again and saw an MD turned Naturopath. He helped a little but I had to move to another state and could no longer afford to see another doctor like him regularly for several years. That started an odd journey of trying all kinds of weird things and restrictive diets until I had to resort back to my double bird policy on all outside advice again.

    To cut the rest short, I eventually fixed my digestive issues and now eat a balanced, mostly unrestricted diet consisting of 1000 – 1500 calories a day, depending on how much I feel I can eat. In the last couple years I dropped 18 pounds without trying, which is strange because I am often bedridden from the exhaustion and full body pain I could not cure. I have not had a pain free day in the last 12 years. Any doctors I have seen after the MD/Naturopath refuse to give me a proper diagnosis, and usually refuse to do any tests because they think like the first doctor mentioned, that I'm lying about all of my symptoms and my weight is the cause of them if they exist. One doctor completely went against the grain, checked my thyroid levels, and put me on thyroid medication that did nothing to help, and that's the best care I've recieved so far from a normal MD. I'm on my own again until I can afford to see another doctor, not that I even want to because I have a lot of doctor horror stories that weren't even mentioned here. I will never be desperate enough to try the HCG diet again though, so there's that.

  11. When I was at my lowest I was only eating 500 calories a day and it was awful, I was dizzy, tired, cold and my head was really foggy which made my education really suffer. It took me 6+ years to realise that bouncing around like this is really dangerous, I can't believe people are intentionally doing this and advertising it 😔

  12. Concearning the safty of this diet: I would also be afraid of possible refeeding syndrome after eating only 500cal! (If the person was to increase the calories to quickly after the 2weeks or if they decided to stop during those and eat normal amounts imdeatly again)

  13. Oh goodness that amount of fat in the first phase there shocked the heck outta me, if I have even 1/5 of that now after having had my gallbladder removed I'd be stuck in the bathroom for half the day >< I shudder to think what would happen if I had all of that xD

  14. I remember when I was around 12-13 my dad and his girlfriend started doing the HCG diet, his gf eventually convinced my aunt to do it too. I didn’t know anything about the diet but it still struck me as odd. Guess my intuition was right about this one🤷‍♂️

  15. Hi Abbey! Love your videos and all of the knowledge, positive thoughts, and non-judgement. I would love to see a video reviewing Emma Clarke's what I eat in a day. I really feel like she eats meals and portions that are best for her instead of doing what others say is 'healthy and good.' But I would love your thoughts on it!

  16. PLEASE review LuxMommy’s “1200 Calories What I Eat in a Day” video!!! Watching it and seeing the comments of young girls and women who now think that 1200 calories a day is healthy 😭😭😭

  17. I subscribed for a brief moment after your review of cheap lazy vegan. Then I found further reviews of yours, which were sponsored by dairy Ontario, or whatever the fuck and had to take a step back. I unsubscribed. In between finding cheap lazy vegan review and your true colors, I found your battle with Free-Lee. Free-Lee was one of the first youtubers I subscribed to and was a key factor in me actually going vegan.(In addition to my own research and nutrition classes in college) Throughout college I found a raw lifestyle wasn't sustainable for me and gravitated away from Free-Lee. But that doesn't make her a bad person, just not my lifestyle or aspiration. (Still vegan though).
    As a dietitian, you should at least review the China Study and then stop taking sponsorships from the meat and dairy industry, which you claim you don't. Incase you forgot: humans aren't designed to eat meat, our intestinal tracts are entirely too large to digest rotting flesh. So that flesh backs up and ultimately is the cause for the rise in the "western" cancer; colon cancer. So if you want to attack Free-Lee for using her platform to "misguid" young women, you should look in the mirror, the very least, at your sponsors.

  18. I mistakenly went on this diet when I was 16 (behind my mom's back) and lost 80 pounds in 2 months – which is super quick and unhealthy. I felt like crap, had no energy, and the excessive calorie counting resulted in an eating disorder. Don't do it. 3 years later (after ED recovery) I gained all the weight back. PLEASE don't do this to yourself.

  19. I did a version of this diet…. it was pretty stupid! I lost a ton of weight super quickly. Developed gallstones and had emergency surgery. I also believe it pushed me over the mark for developing disordered eating. Surprisingly, I did not gain the weight back. I did spike and go up by 10lbs but then slowly lost that and more in a much healthier way. During the HCG diet, I lost so much muscle! I have now been weight training for 3 years which has helped develop a better relationship with food and a healthier lifestyle over all. The one thing that I can give credit to the time that I was doing this diet was the strictness of it broke my sweet tooth and I’ve never craved sweets to the extent that I did before, but that was really a product of completely resetting my taste buds during the time of restriction…. still not worth it.

  20. Can you review a Love Sweat Fitness what I eat in a day? I LOVE her but she's so opposed to sugar and really into cutting out certain foods and I'm curious what you would think about it!

  21. Hey Abbey, could you possibly review Meredith Foster's most recent what i eat in a day? In her video she claims she is recovered from anorexia, but many people question whether she ate enough and she responded rather defensively. I'm curious about your thoughts given she attracts a very impressionable audience, many of whom are actively struggling with ED's.

  22. I am thoroughly confused about weight. A lot of what I’ve heard so far from many health practitioners like yourself is that it’s almost like once you gain weight you can’t go back. Your body set point rises but doesn’t come back down? How is that possible? I know people that have lost weight and kept it off for years. Dr. Jason Fung author of the obesity code says that studies show fasting lowers the body set weight? Can you clarify some of these for all of us?? Much love 💕

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