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Myths of Your HCG Diet Program in Minnesota (1)


Myth #1: A HCG diet with 500 calories a day is dangerous to your health.

This myth is actually true and false. A very low calorie diet can indeed potentially cause some medical problems if they are not prescribed and monitored appropriately by a trained physician or if you follow the diet longer than a few months.

Although rare, some very serious side effects could happen, especially if associated with cardiac arrhythmias and if underlying heart disease is present. Monitoring electrolytes is important if other medical conditions are present or if you are taking certain medications.

The 500 calorie diet is only part of the first phase, lasting about four weeks for most people in Minnesota. If follow the diet for many months without monitoring, some people may not get the sufficient nutrients to maintain a healthy immune system, internal vital organ’s functions, and volume and strength of muscles.

If you are not using real HCG from an FDA-regulated pharmacy store, you may not get a sufficient quality hormone or no hormone at all.

However, if you follow the diet through a trained HCG diet physician, he or she should monitor you for symptoms of potential electrolyte imbalance, mental or mood changes, or impaired bodily functions that may occur. A trained physician in Minneapolis and St Paul should be knowledgeable about potential side effects of this diet program and other medications that you take and be able to guide you safely toward very rapid, safe weight loss.

Our HCG diet program includes instructions on how to smoothly switch to the maintenance program and advice for exercise and long term weigh management.

Remember, the 500 calorie HCG diet is not the same as a 500 calorie a day fast.


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ADAM Questionnaire for screening Low Testosterone of men in Minnesota


Take this quick quiz to find out if you should talk to your doctor about low testosterone.

• Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?
• Do you lack energy?
• Has your strength or endurance decreased?
• Have you decreased in height?
• Have you noticed decreased “enjoyment of life”?
• Are you sad or grumpy?
• Are your erections less strong?
• Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
• Do you fall asleep after dinner?
• Has there been deterioration in your work performance?

If you answered YES to one or more of these questions from the ADAM questionnaire, you might be suffering from andropause (low testosterone). You are welcome to visit us in the Edina or Shoreview Offices to get help. One Stop Wellness Clinic offers the Saliva tests for sex and adrenal hormones and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to the men with low testosterone in Minnesota.


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Myths about Dieting in Minnesota


Remember we spoke about the mistakes made that led to the obesity epidemic in the US and Minnesota? Well, perhaps the most obvious misconceptions about losing weight are.

1. Most of Your Stored Fat Started out From Dietary Fat.
This is wrong, dietary sugar (from sugar, flour, or starch) is the leading cause of stored fat. Excess carbohydrates are very easily converted to fat and stored as fat. Dietary carbohydrates cause a surge of the hormone Insulin. Insulin helps cells absorb the sugar from the bloodstream and turns on the creation of fat from sugar. As people in Minnesota get heavier and older, their insulin does not work as well removing sugar from the blood, but it does not lose any of its effectiveness at turning on the conversion to fat storage. This is called insulin resistance and is the mechanism behind type II diabetes. So, we need to make more insulin to process the sugar from a meal, leading to an increase in fat storage at the same time.

2. A Balanced Diet Designed to Maintain A Healthy Weight Can be Scaled Back to Become an Effective Weight Loss Diet.
If you are accustomed to eating a balanced diet and abruptly cut your intake by 30-40%, you will not lose very much weight, and you will have a difficult time staying on the diet. What happens is that you become hungry and if you are just cutting back a little on your intake, the hunger will not go away unless you cave in and eat more food. Your metabolism tends to mirror your intake; so, cutting back a little on intake will often drop your metabolism by the same amount. An effective weight loss eating plan does not look anything like a healthy maintenance eating plan.


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Diagnosis of Low Testosterone in Minnesota


As we discussed in the previous blogs, the physiologic decrease of testosterone as men in Minnesota age can cause changes in sexual function, mood, energy level and function of other organs. While testosterone is thought of as the male hormone, it is also important to maintain appropriate levels of other hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and cortisol, because the adrenals play a central role in sustaining optimal health and sex hormone function.

Diagnosing low testosterone:

The question may arise whether the symptoms you have may be related to low testosterone level. Dr.Shu takes a medical history and physical exam, assess your signs and symptoms and determine your testosterone levels with either blood or salivary test. Salivary tests for a panel of hormones are preferable, and the tests may include sex hormones, thyroid and adrenal hormones.. Initial salivary testing is important to make a diagnosis of andropause (low testosterone). Due to the complexity of the interactions among hormones, problems that arise rarely stem from just one hormone. If testosterone replacement is warranted, blood test to check Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) must be performed. There is no evidence that testosterone increases the risk of prostate gland cancer; however, if prostate cancer has already developed, testosterone may accelerate its growth.


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Water – A Convenient HCG Diet Aid in Minnesota


The HCG diet is a very effective diet program that has helped many men and women in Minnesota. We provide very detailed easy-to-follow instructions on the HCG diet, exercise, and long term maintenance. We also offer many tips to help people in Minneapolis and St Paul to lose more weight.

Here is a tip to help the HCG diet be more effective.

HCG diet doesn’t cause much craving when you start the program. But if you do, one easy way to satisfy your hunger cravings is drinking water. Drinking water is a great way to help lose more weight, as it provides a feeling of fullness before you begin eating your food. Moreover, water also boosts metabolism because your body has to work to bring the ingested liquid to your core temperature.

Just by drinking two glasses of H2O prior to eating your meals, you can lose up to an additional 6 to 7 pounds per year. Water does the job and it does the job well. It’s also zero calories and you can get it straight from your kitchen faucet. Overall, consuming H2O has many health benefits and provides an easy and convenient way to lose weight.


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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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Hormone Checking in Minneapolis MN


Forgetfulness and cognitive decline are some of the most commonly reported symptoms of menopause. In fact, peri-menopausal women were 1.4 times as likely to report forgetfulness compared to pre-menopausal women in Minnesota, and this was independent of additional factors including reported stress. There are a number of mechanisms through which changes in hormones affect brain function and memory.

Estrogens have direct effects in the brain by increasing the number of synapses in the hippocampus, the region of the brain where transferring short term memories to long term memories is thought to occur. Estrogen and progesterone both help to protect the brain from exogenous and endogenous toxins including glutamate-induced excitotoxicity, and progesterone is a potent anti-inflammatory agent in the central nervous system, working to rebuild the blood-brain barrier, reduce edema and down-regulate the inflammatory cascade in the event of physical or ischemic trauma.

Another important mechanism through which hormones enhance memory is by increasing acetylcholine activity. Acetylcholine is an important neurotransmitter involved in learning and encoding new memories and its production is greatly decreased in conditions of compromised memory including Alzheimer’s disease. Estrogen increases the activity of the enzyme choline-acetyl transferase, which stimulates the synthesis of acetylcholine.

Maintaining optimal hormone levels throughout the menopausal transition can not only aide in the management of classically “menopausal symptoms” such as hot flashes and night sweats, but can prevent and treat memory loss and protect the brain from chemical and physical assault. As always, the correct balance of hormones is important, so it is important to test, not guess.


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The Symptoms related to Low Testosterone in Minnesota


Are you experiencing low sex drive? Do you feel low energy and fatigue more frequently than before? These symptoms often occur in any aging male who has a drop in testosterone level. Andropause cause emotional and physical changes that many middle-aged men in Minnesota go through.

Andropause doesn’t happen to every man in Minnesota. It’s not a sudden change, either. The changes happen even much slower than women’s menopause. This is why many men in Minneapolis and St Paul think these subtle symptoms are a normal process of aging without seeking active medical care.

Here is the list of common symptoms in the andropause men.

• Diminished sexual desire and erectile quality.
• Low energy level and fatigue
• Mood changes and irritability
• Decrease in muscle mass and strength
• Depression and loss of excitement
• Weight Gain with an increase in fat around internal organs
• Bone density decreases resulting in osteoporosis
• Sleeping problems
• Hair Loss
• Gynecomastia (male breasts)
• Sweating at night and hot flashes
• Urinary Problems

It is important to keep in mind that not every male in Minnesota will experience Andropause symptoms the same way or the same level. Some will be affected by just a few of these symptoms; some will be affected by most of them.


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Food Addictions in Minnesota (1)


When you plan to lose weight through HCG diet program, you can do a better job if you understand food addictions. Did you know that processed foods are very addictive? Imagine someone puts a plate of steamed broccoli in front of you. Will you devour the food even if you are not hungry? Now let’s turn that plate of broccoli into a bowl of M&M’s, or fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, or crisp, salty French fries. Did your mouth water at the simple thought of any of these foods?

How many people in Minneapolis and St Paul can easily say that you “LOVE” a certain food? “Loving” a food is a certain sign of addiction. When you take a bite of a food, the sensory nerves in the mouth and the taste neurons on the tongue sense all aspects of the food, like its sweetness, saltiness, texture, and the way the flavors blend as the food is chewed. This presents a unique “fingerprint” for a food to the brain. Most simple, elemental foods like whole fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, milk, and nuts in their natural form transmit only a fingerprint to the taste center of the brain. More complex foods that are mixtures of fat, flour, sugar, salt, and texture can send a second impulse to the opiate centers of the brain; which is the addiction center of the brain. No cigarette smoker or alcoholic thought that their vice tasted or felt good when they lit up or took a sip for the first time. The “taste” for these is acquired and is mediated by the development of the opiate center to fire up to mask the unpleasant raw taste of the addictive substance.

Our HCG diet program incorporates the education on the food addiction and strategies for long term maintenance.


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What Changed That Has Attributed to the Obesity Epidemic in Minnesota and the US?


From the Centers for Disease Control, there has been a 3-fold increase of obese individuals in each state over the past 20 years since 1990. The prevalence of obesity climbed from 17.4% to 25.4% between 2000 and 2010.Overall, 63.1% of Minnesotans were considered to be an unhealthy weight in 2010, an increase from 55.0% in 2000.

So, what changed that has attributed to the obesity epidemic…?
• Teaching of low-fat diets by our government. This led to an overconsumption of simple carbohydrates. (Remember, in 1990, bagels were the ideal breakfast food and pretzels were the ideal snack food because they were low in fat)
• Microwave ovens and “Convenience foods”
• Computers, video games, “cable/satellite TV” giving us more sedentary entertainment options.
• Lack of sleep
• Increase in prescription medicines like antidepressants that can contribute to weight gain.
• Lack of emphasis on eating together as a family (Higher divorce/separation, longer commutes, more traffic, more convenience foods that can be prepared individually)
• Increase in “Fast food” availability and advertising.
• Creation and promotion of addictive, energy laden foods by the restaurant and food industry that has gotten us addicted to combinations of fat, flour, sugar, and salt. These addictive foods have destroyed our natural ability to stop eating when we are full.
• Stress

In modern society, we are afflicted with constant stressors and very little physical activity to relieve them. Food is readily available and our diet bears little resemblance to the fruits, vegetables, meats, milk, eggs, and nuts that mammals have traditionally eaten. Our appetites are not limited by our food supply running out and we consistently stay up past dark.

A healthy lifestyle that includes eating healthy food with more vegetable/fruits and participating in daily physical activities helps to prevent being overweight and obese. If people in Minneapolis and St Paul are overweight or obese, they may consider the HCG diet to lose weight.


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