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Effective HCG Diet Program in One Stop Wellness Clinic

 

Described first over 60 years ago, the use of small amounts of the natural hormone HCG in combination with a low-calorie, low-fat diet was shown to be effective in losing weight rapidly in books and published studies. Injectible HCG is approved by the FDA for use in infertility, we agree that HCG does not cause weight loss, and you cannot lose weight taking HCG alone without the right diet. Experts now believe that these low doses of HCG preserve lean muscle mass while aiding in the selective burning of fat when used with a low-calorie diet. The HCG may also trigger a receptor in the brain for endorphins. This is the receptor that causes a feeling of fullness and satisfaction after exercise. Moreover, during the last 60 years, there no reports of safety concerns involving using tiny doses of HCG in this manner.
 

The research on the HCG sublingual (oral) dose shows an average of 17.6 pounds of weight loss in 4 weeks. (See http://hcgobesity.org.) The success we have seen in our practice mirrors the success on the research.
 

The avoidance of the typically addictive foods like sugars and flour resets and erases the brain’s addiction and dependence on these foods. You will not longer crave these bad foods whether you are hungry or not. High protein in the HCG diet plan preserves the muscles in your body, and exercise also plays important role in the long term weight maintenance.

 

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HCG Diet Weight Reduction in Minnesota

 

HCG diet is a weight loss program that helps the people in Minneapolis and St Paul to lose weight with the use of HCG and a very low calorie diet. Dr. ATW Simeons in Italy found that small regular doses of HCG caused the body to release abnormal fat when used in conjunction with a specific 500 calorie daily diet. This was detailed in Dr. Simeons manuscript “Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity”. This low calorie diet is comfortable and advisable with HCG. Most participants are not hungry and have plenty of energy.

Today,HCG diet weight loss programs are getting popular in Minnesota because of its effectiveness. HCG is a natural hormone that is made in pregnancy. It is also FDA-approved as a pharmaceutical for the treatment of infertility. They maximum dose used for infertility is 10,000 IU in a single injection. For comparison, the dose used for weight loss is just a few hundred units at one time. Combined with a special 500 calories a day diet, HCG diet can force your body to utilize the stored fat in your body, thus losing weight rather rapidly. This release of fat is also why clients taking the HCG are not hungry. It is in this state where the HCG seems to work best to improve your compliance and give impressive results and body contouring.

One Stop Wellness Clinic located in Edina and Shoreview, MN offers the physician-guided HCG diet weight reduction program for the residents in the Twin Cities. Please call us if you have any questions or concerns on your weight and diet.

 

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HCG Diet Menu for One Stop Wellness Clinic in Minnesota

 

On this diet, you will eat 4 times a day. Lunch and dinner will be a combination of a protein and vegetable. You will also be allowed 2 fruit snacks to be eaten at times other than mealtime while you are on the HCG diet from One Stop Wellness Clinic in Edina, MN.

HCG Diet Menu

1. Proteins: 3 ½ ounces twice a day. Preferably lunch & dinner. Meats should be baked, broiled, or grilled. No added fats or oils are allowed.
The Best Protein Choices: Chicken Breast (no skin), Shrimp, Crab, Lobster, Sea Bass, Cod, Flounder, Grouper, Haddock, Monkfish, Northern Pike, Ocean Perch, Orange Roughy, Pike, Pollock, Snapper, Sole, Tarpon, Tilapia, Whiting. Beef (Bottom Round, Flank Steak, Rib Roast, Top Sirloin), Veal (Leg or Shank). No Ground Meats.
Protein allowed after the first 21 days: (Do not eat meat from this category for both meals in one day) Scallops, Dolphin, Mahi Mahi, Herring, Salmon, Tuna, Beef (T-Bone, Ribeye, NY Strip, Tenderloin), Turkey Breast (no skin). Boar’s Head Roast Beef, Chicken Breast, Ovengold Turkey. Our protein bars/shakes can be substituted in a pinch if necessary.
Protein substitution for meat: You can substitute one large egg (white and yolk) plus the whites of 3 additional large eggs as a protein source. If you are over 200 pounds, then add one additional entire large egg to this. In place of eggs, 100gm lowfat cottage cheese is allowed.

2. Vegetables: 3 ½ ounces twice a day. Preferably lunch & dinner. Only select vegetables from this list should be eaten raw, or steamed. After the 21st day on the diet, vegetables can be grilled or stir-fried using a small spray of cooking oil. Although it is best to eat one type of vegetable per meal, mixing of vegetables in a serving is allowed if they are all on the list.
The Best Vegetable Choices: Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Celery, Cucumber, Zucchini, Spinach, Chicory, Chard, Beet-Greens, Squash, Tomatoes, Onions, Cabbage, Fennel, Radishes.
Other vegetables allowed but with drawbacks: Lettuce (Romaine is preferred). Lettuce is mostly water and often begs for added dressings and toppings to make a traditional salad. Use peppers, cucumber, and tomatoes to make the salad heartier. Green beans contain a little more sugar than the vegetables above. These are OK but never more than once a day.

3. Fruits: One fruit serving twice daily. The best time to eat your fruit is mid-afternoon and in the evening a couple of hours after supper. Fruit should be medium-sized, not the largest one they sell!
The Best Fruit Choices: Apple, Orange, ½ Grapefruit, Peach, Clementine, Tangerine, Blueberries, Strawberries, Cranberries. (Serving size for berries is 1 Cup)

4. Fluids:
• Water: must be consumed throughout the day (at least 64 ounces daily).
• Diet drinks: Must be zero calorie and a maximum of 2 per day. A 12 ounce serving of Crystal Light would be considered one diet drink.
• Coffee, Tea: Up to 24 ounces a day (three, 8-ounce cups). You may use up to 1 Tbsp of lowfat milk per day. Non-dairy creamer is not allowed.
5. Spices and Seasonings: Seasoning your food is very important for variety in this diet.
• All powdered seasonings are allowed, including salt. Combination seasonings are not allowed if they contain sugar.
• 1 Tbsp. of the following is allowed: vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice.
• Artificial sweeteners are allowed but should be consumed as little as possible since they support sugar addiction pathways.
• Stevia is allowed in any amount. Other sweeteners with more than 0 calories per serving are not allowed. These may contain sugar alcohols

If you are interested to learn more about the HCG diet and the menu items and how people lose on average 17 pounds in a month, contact One Stop Wellness Clinic in Minneapolis at 952-922-2151.

 

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Exercising in Minnesota on an HCG Diet

 

People who exercise live longer, healthier lives in Minnesota. They do this because of the stress reduction benefits of exercise. Exercise can also improve our metabolism by building muscle mass and this muscle increases our ability to burn fats instead of storing them. Exercise on a regular basis in Minneapolis improves our energy, our sleep, our immune system, and our overall health regardless of how bad our diet may be.

However, exercise can make it very difficult to lose weight for people attempting a ketosis diet like HCG diet in MN. A ketosis diet is essentially burning our own fat stores and using that as calories and energy; so when we exercise and push ourselves, our muscle needs more sugar and protein. These needs are temporary during the days of exercise. The HCG diet does not contain enough protein and carbohydrates to support a vigorous workout routine. If you increase the proteins and carbs to allow for a new or increased exercise regimen, then you will come out of ketosis, if you dare to take a day off or decrease your exercise. If exercise is increased, our body will feel more hunger pains due to the muscular need for extra sugar and protein, making it more difficult to follow the strict menu of the HCG diet. Therefore, it is better to just continue your usual exercise when on the diet and not increase it. You will need exercise to maintain your losses from the HCG diet once the low calorie phase of the diet is complete, but you do not need any new or increased exercise to burn fat from the diet.

On the other hand, if you are one that exercises vigorously all the time, it may be best to back off the rigorous activity a few days a week so your body can get accustomed to the new diet. You may slowly increase your activity as tolerated on the diet but do not over do it or you will feel hungry. If you are interested in starting the HCG diet, One Stop Wellness Clinic offers the whole diet plan and supplements to get you started!

 

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Myths about Dieting for Minnesotans

 

There is an obesity epidemic in the United States and Minnesota. The most obvious misconceptions about losing weight are…

1. Most of Your Stored Fat Started out From Eating 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; that is why the HCG diet only allows for very few carbohydrates daily. 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 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.

3. Calorie Counting is an Effective Way to Diet and Lose Weight
Calories of a food are determined by how much heat it gives off when it is burned. This is not how the human body metabolizes food and is a very poor estimate of how a particular meal will be burned or stored by the body. This is why HCG diet is a ketosis diet (low fat and carbohydrates), which triggers fat burning using a certain mix of nutrients that total 600 calories. The wrong 600-calorie mix of foods will cause very little fat burning.

 

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Obesity Trends in Minnesota and United States

 

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. So, what changed that has attributed to the obesity epidemic? Researchers believe that there have been a number of issues contributing to the rise in obesity in Minnesota and United States; one being the teaching of low-fat diets by our government in the 1990’s. This led to an overconsumption of simple carbohydrates. For example, in the 90’s bagels were the ideal breakfast food and pretzels were the ideal snack food because they were low in fat. There has also been an increase in microwave ovens and “convenience foods” which lack nutritional value. “Fast food” has become a staple food for many households due to its availability and advertising. Also, the lack of emphasis on eating together as a family, possibly due to higher divorce/separation, longer commutes, more traffic, more convenience foods that can be prepared individually also contribute to obesity trends in Minnesotans. Creation and promotion of addictive, energy laden foods by the restaurant and food industry 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.

Our mood and activity level also plays a large role in weight gain. There has been a steady rise in more sedentary entertainment options such as computers, video games, cable/satellite TV in St. Paul, Minnesota. Stress level in our everyday life can cause us to overeat and can lead to a lack of sleep (which is also a contributing factor). Even the use of prescription medicines, such as antidepressants, has been shown to promote weight gain. 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.

Now that you know the different factors contributing to weight gain, it is time to do something about it! Start making changes in your everyday life to overcome these trends. I also recommend checking your hormone levels to make sure they are also not causing you to slowly gain weight over the years. One Stop Wellness Clinic offers an all encompassing solution to weight gain. We offer a program to test and balance your hormones using bio-identical hormone therapy. We also offer weight loss solutions with our two practitioner guided diet programs. HCG diet has been very effective and popular to lose fat quickly. Or our Appetite Controlled Diet, with the use of phentermine (prescribed appetite suppressant) and low glycemic foods have also been a hit to help you with portion control and stay on track with healthy eating.

 

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Phentermine Weight Loss in Minnesota

 

Phentermine is a drug indicated as a short-term (12 weeks) adjunct in a regimen of weight reduction based on exercise, behavioral modification and caloric intake (diet). It is an appetite suppressant that is prescribed by medical professionals in Minnesota to help patients lose weight. It is used in adjunct with our Appetite Controlled Diet that we offer at One Stop Wellness Clinic.

The medication is taken daily in the morning and effects can last all day. Upon taking this medication, you should experience less hunger leading to a decrease in caloric intake; hence the reason for weight loss.

Phentermine is not for everyone in the Minneapolis and St Paul areas; you must be in pretty good health to be considered as a candidate for this medicine and a Body Mass Index (BMI) of ≥ 27 kg/m2. It is imperative that you do not have any other medical conditions or take other medications that are contraindication for obesity drugs.
This drug can be habit forming so you never share phentermine with another person in Minnesota. It is also important not to drink alcohol because it can increase certain side effects of the medicine.

 

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