Food Addiction in Minnesota (2)


Recent studies have shown that a person can indeed be addicted to food. Our brain’s pleasure centers, which are activated when a person suffers from drug addiction, can also respond to highly flavorful foods rich in fat, sugar, and salt.

When consuming these food items, our brain releases a chemical known as dopamine that induces a sense of pleasure and reward. The more often this dopamine transmission occurs (the more we feed the brain’s reward pathway), the more likely these reward signals will start to override signals of fullness and satisfaction. We develop a dependency on the feelings of pleasure derived from eating these foods, becoming addicted and often building up a tolerance to feelings of food satisfaction.

Food addiction and overeating, therefore, are now seen as key factors in obesity in Minnesota. However, someone in Minneapolis and St Paul who does not suffer from obesity or battle weight issues can still struggle with food addiction. The extra calories may simply be canceled out by a higher metabolism or increased physical activity.

Some of the most addictive foods in Minnesota include bread and pasta, fried food, sweets and baked goods, and extremely salty food. To battle food addiction, one must completely stop consuming the addictive food item for at least four weeks. Then, the addiction pathway in the brain that’s triggered by the dopamine will begin to shrink. Simply reducing the amount of the addictive food will not work.

The practitioners at One Stop Medical Center, MN give you comprehensive counseling through the HCG dietprogram to help you overcome the foot addiction and lose weight.


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