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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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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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