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Dec
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Starting Your Diet Before the Holidays? Here are the Benefits

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itg, diet, weightloss, itgdiet, weight, pounds, fat, keto, ketosis, holidays, christmas, thanksgiving, new, years, resolutionIf you have been carrying extra weight for too long, making the decision to get to work on your health and weight loss goal is a big step to take. You must also realize that it is a major commitment, changing how you think about the foods you eat for life.

Getting started on this goal in the midst of holiday season might seem like a recipe for disaster. FOMO kicks in when you think of all the holiday dishes that you WON’T be eating. However, it’s better to get your mindset right and your program started before the holidays arrive rather than waiting until the New Year.

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11
Nov
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Where Does Water Weight Come From?

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water,weight,scale,help,diet,keto,lifestyle,itg,carbs,sugar,sodium,saltYou’ve been doing great on the program, sticking to the guidelines, watching what you eat, not cheating, and losing pounds every week. Then, that day inevitably arrives: you’re invited to dinner at a friend’s house; a surprise guests brings over wine and snacks; you decide that you can take a day or two off to enjoy some fun foods and beverages. Then… the next day, you feel puffy, bloated, tired, and fatigued. You check your weight on the scale. It has spiked dramatically!

Have you noticed that when you eat or drink off-program foods, your weight tends to immediately increase? It may be one or two pounds but could add up to even more! What is going on inside your body, and why does this happen so quickly?

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Oct
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ITG Has You Covered for Turkey Day

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thanksgiving,turkey,diet,keto,itg,ketosis,recipes,potato,beans,green,mashed,gravyThe holidays seem to arrive more and more quickly each year! If you are currently on the ITG Diet Plan and are wondering how you will survive this year’s feast, look no further! Each of the recipes included below is a delicious alternative that you can enjoy while on all stages of the ITG Diet Plan. Let us know which are your favorites - and who knows, you may even fool some of your family and friends into enjoying some healthy side dishes with you!

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Oct
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How Do I Hold Myself Accountable?

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itg,diet,weight,loss,accountable,coach,keto,ketosis,motivation,lifestyle,ketolifestyle,protein,fat,carbs,sugar,carbohydratesWhen you're working toward your health and fitness goals, it can be tough to stay accountable and on track. Whether you're working with a coach, trainer, a friend, or a family member, there are still many ways that you can continue holding yourself accountable when no one else is around.

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12
Oct
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Stress Eating? Why It's Affecting Your Weight

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yoga,relax,beach,stress,relief,cortisol,fat,leptin,visceral,combat,fightGaining weight can be a cause for stress, such as when you can’t fit into clothes or find it difficult to partake in activities you did with ease before. Beginning to gain weight can cause a cycle of putting on more pounds over time, which in turn causes more stress. You can’t simply eliminate all sources of stress in life, but you can learn ways to keep it from controlling your thoughts and eating behaviors.

These days, there are a lot of things that worry us – the economy, global crises, the effects of the pandemic, inflation – the list goes on. That worry and stress tends to show up in the form of extra pounds on the scale. Why is this?

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15
Sep
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Time for a Taste of Fall

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pumpkin,spice,coffee,shake,dunkin,donuts,starbucks,caribou,milkshake,breakfast,caffeineBring a taste of the fall season to your day by adding Pumpkin Spice! Get creative with your coffees and protein drinks by adding a dash of flavor. You can also use cinnamon, nutmeg, and other seasonings for delicious beverages without all the sugar.

We checked out the menus of some of the most popular coffee chains in the US. If you want one of their pumpkin flavored specialty drinks, be prepared to get a massive dose of sugar in your system!

 

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06
Sep
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I Fell Off the Wagon! How to Bounce Back

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diet,wagon,itg,diet,weight,loss,weightloss,keto,ketosis,motivation,restart,tuneup,tune,up,diabetes,healthy,living,eating,foodIt happens to all of us. Whether we see it coming or not, it can creep up quickly. You look back over the past week, the past month, or maybe even the whole year and you realize you've been going back to old eating habits. When eating gets out of control and you no longer seem to care about what goes in your mouth. Clothes are getting tight. You have no energy.

You have finally hit that point when you realize it: You have fallen off the diet wagon.

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Aug
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Short on Time? Making Healthy Choices

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bulk,cooking,protein,vegetables,weight,loss,itg,diet,keto,healthy,meal,restaurant,delivery,serviceSometimes it seems that there just isn’t enough time at the end of the day to sit down and enjoy a healthy, home-cooked meal. There’s the planning, shopping, prepping, and cooking – all of that can end up taking a lot of time to accomplish. If you’ve got a busy schedule and can’t always find the time to cook a healthy meal, you may have turned to a meal delivery service, or ordered take-out from a restaurant. You’re trying to stick with healthy choices but are these options going to help, or hurt, your progress?

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24
Jul
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Back to School = Back to You!

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back,to,school,you,diet,holidays,prep,planIt's that time of year: Summer is coming to an end, last minute vacations will be wrapping up, and the kids will be going back to school over the next few weeks. What better time than now to begin focusing on yourself, your health, and your weight loss goals? Start your preparations and planning and be ready for the upcoming holidays!

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21
Jul
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Why Am I Constipated and What Can I Do About It?

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constipation, poop, weight, loss, keto, dehydrated, diet, itg, itgdiet, plant, enzyme, colon, laxativeNearly everyone experiences constipation at some point in life. Constipation is a symptom that can be caused by many factors and is defined as having a bowel movement 3 or less times in a week. Poor diet, dehydration, or a lack of exercise are very common culprits. Women typically experience constipation more often than men, especially on a ketogenic diet. This is due to hormones and how the digestive system slightly differs between the sexes. What can you do if you are experiencing constipation?

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02
Jul
2

Survive Those Hunger Pangs!

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ITG Diet Survival KitAre you new to ITG? Feeling extra hungry in the first few weeks? Have you been on the program for a while and have a rough few days of cravings here and there? Whether you're on Step 1, 2 or 3 of the ITG Diet, have no fear - we're here to help you stick to your plan and reach your health and weight loss goals and stay there! We have tons of helpful tips and tricks to help you beat those hunger pangs that seem to come with weight loss territory. You definitely should not have to starve in order to lose weight, so read on to learn more about creating your very own ITG Survival Kit. Help rid yourself of those hunger pangs and stay successful on your plan to reach your goals quickly and efficiently!

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Jun
1

Skipping Meals?

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starve, your, distraction, meals, skip, keto, ketosis, weight, loss, fasting, fast, intermittentWe've heard about people using intermittent fasting to lose weight. We've also heard of starvation crash diets to lose weight. While some of these methods may produce short-term results, they don't last very long and aren't sustainable forever. When you're on the ITG Diet, your body is using fat as its main fuel throughout the day, rather than lots of sugar and carbohydrates. What happens if you start to skip meals?

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14
Jun
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In Ketosis: Are My Workouts Too Intense?

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workout, exercise, itg, diet, itgdiet, keto, ketosis, gluconeogenesis, protein, carbs, sugar, fat, intensity, durationExercise is important when maintaining a healthy weight, especially in Step 3 of the ITG Diet. But what about exercise when you're trying to lose weight in Step 1?

There are a lot of opinions out there about how important exercise is, or is not, when trying to lose weight. It's not as simple as calories in versus calories out though. When you're in ketosis, intense exercise can have a detrimental effect on your weight loss progress and how your body ultimately burns off fats and carbs. It's important to understand why too much intense exercise can slow down your progress.

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10
Jun
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Ready to Survive Your Vacation?

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Ready to take some time off of work and enjoy some fun in the sun? Planning an excursion across the globe to visit exciting new places? ITG is here to help no matter what Step of the plan you're on!

Remember that just because you're going on vacation, you don't have to sacrifice your diet. ITG Foods are travel friendly and can be packed in your suitcase or carry-on bag when flying. If you are driving, even better! Bring along those ITG Foods and fill a cooler with ice packs and lots of veggies and pre-cooked lean proteins for snacks and meals on the way.

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16
May
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Surviving Summer Parties

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summer,party,picnic,itg,diet,choices,family,friends,funSummer is right around the corner... and with the beautiful weather comes lots of great summer parties! Cookouts and barbecues, and even birthdays and graduations, revolve around eating, drinking and socializing. Many people enjoy an opportunity to make that great new recipe they found and use these parties as an excuse to try them out. When you show up at a party for 20 people, there is usually enough food to feed an army!

You're faced with all these delicious dishes that you never get to eat, because you are on a diet. What will you do? ITG is here to give you some tips that will help you stick to your diet and survive those summer parties!

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04
May
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Hunger: Is It Emotional or Physical?

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itg,diet,weight,loss,emotional,eating,hunger,keto,ketosis,sad,depressed,lonelyWe eat when we're happy. We eat when we're stressed, sad, bored, or lonely, We often eat more than our body actually needs.

In the past few decades, our food tastes and habits have been changing. We used to eat due to hunger and for our energy needs. These days, we eat for pleasurable experiences, and those foods are densely packed with sugar, salt, and fat. Plus, everything is readily available any time of day or night at stores and drive-thrus.

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19
Apr
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If It Makes You Gasp, Put It Back

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If you're working on reaching your goal weight quickly and efficiently using the ITG Diet Plan, you may have been learning the importance of understanding nutrition labels and how to decipher them. Over the years I've spent coaching the program, I certainly have learned a lot about labels myself. Remember, years ago, we were taught how bad fat was for us? "Fat will make you fat!" Starting in the 1980s and continuing throughout the 1990s, "reduced fat" and fat-free foods gained their foothold in our lives. The low-fat diet was born. However, looking back now we can start to see that fat isn't quite as bad for us compared to what was being pumping into these foods to add flavor without that fat: sugar and salt.

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15
Apr
1

Summer Frustrations

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Summer FrustrationsSummer Frustrations are quickly approaching…

Remember a few weeks ago you made the decision to get in shape for this Summer?  Maybe you made some New Year’s resolutions?  Maybe you committed to a certain date that you wanted to be a certain shape?

How’s that working out for you?

Have you stuck to your plan and lost some weight?

Did you start the diet and give up?

Or are you partially doing the plan and doing the diet “your own way?”

If you’re in the majority and are doing the ITG Diet plan successfully and losing the weight you want, then kudos to you!  You’ll be the one everyone will be asking for your secret.  You’ll be the one with the new wardrobe.  You’ll be the one with that renewed twinkle in your eye and spring in your step.

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Mar
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Good Fat or Bad Fat?

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olive, oil, fat, saturated, unsaturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, diet, heart, weight, loss, keto, ketogenic, butterOver the years and from an early age, we've all been taught how bad it is to eat fat. From low fat foods, to reduced fat foods, to low fat lifestyles, avoiding fat has been engrained in our thinking: that eating fat will cause us to gain fat. While too much of any nutrient can very easily be converted and stored as fat in the body, fat is still an essential part of our diet. What types of fat are healthy, which should we eat in moderation, and what types should we avoid? 

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17
Feb
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Selenium Helps Form New Neural Connections

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itg, survive, thrive, selenium, brain, health, supplement, vitamin, nutrition, alzheimers, stroke, patient, study, lab, mice, neurons, function, medicineSelenium is a trace mineral that is found in small amounts in nuts, meats, and some vegetables. Trace minerals such as selenium are needed for many of the body's processes, including proper muscle development, cell maintenance, immune system responses, and thyroid hormone metabolism.

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