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Weight Loss Information & Tips

Importance of Protein 

The word “protein” is derived from a Greek word meaning “of first importance.” A daily supply of protein is necessary to support the body and promote or maintain many metabolic functions. In addition to helping with weight loss, protein helps…  Read more about the importance of protein in our diets.

Importance of Water 

For your body to function properly you must replenish its water. Food usually accounts for 20% of your total fluid intake, so if you consume a little more than 8 cups of water a day along with your normal diet you will typically replace your lost fluids… Learn more about the importance of water.

Protein Nutritional Values

Most of us think of seafood, beef, poultry and pork as protein sources, yet many of these protein foods also contain carbs and fats to watch out for.  Our examples of Nutritional Values in various proteins may vary based on preparation methods and type of cuts… More about the nutritional values in different protein sources

Vegetarian Protein Choices 

Many commercial vegetarian protein choices are available, yet one should read the nutritional labels carefully.  Many commercial vegetarian protein foods are loaded with carbs and fats, some as high as 26 carbs in a veggie…  See our chart with vegetarian protein sources.

What is Constipation?

Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week. With constipation, stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to eliminate. Some people who are constipated find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience straining, bloating, and the…  Read more about constipation.

What are Sugar Alcohols?

Sugar alcohols are one type of reduced-calorie sweetener. You can find them in ice creams, cookies, puddings, candies, and chewing gum that is labeled as “sugar-free” or “no sugar added.”  Sugar alcohols provide fewer calories than sugar and have less of an effect on blood glucose than other…  Learn about sugar alcohols.

What is Gluten?

Gluten(from Latin gluten, "glue") is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keeps its shape and often gives…  Find answers about gluten.

Vacation Tips

You don’t have to go off of your diet just because you are on vacation!  Enjoy your vacation, however, try to make good choices. Try to separate your carbs and fats in your meals like you are in Step 3…  More dieting vacation tips from ITG.

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