Flexible, online course (yes we know the contents look enormous, but we make it easy to follow) in weight loss nutrition, focusing on the physiology of weight gain and body fat reduction with a look at the psychology behind eating. You won't be bored with the whole basic nutrition you have already covered in Cert III or IV, this course focuses on weight loss nutrition. The 2nd edition introduces concepts in nutrition psychology and non-diet approaches to healthy weight, with data from around the world and is suitable for those in Australia, NZ, US and the UK. Extensive client tip sheets and healthy eating booklets. Perfect for those working in health, sports, fitness or weight loss consultancy.
"We need to focus on health, body cues and healthy eating, rather than on one nutrient, food or 'diet' or issues of body shape. We need to shift the focus to what is a healthy diet is, over what we shouldn't be eating".
COURSE DURATION, PRICING & DELIVERY
Flexible online learning 24 hour access
$350 AUD enrolment fee
20 hours of study
Online, untimed quiz for stress-free, enhanced learning
Study at your own pace
Extensive resources and tools
Pre-requisites: We do recommend that you have a sound knowledge of nutrition (see Certificate of Human Nutrition) as this course is reasonably technical.
20 Continuing Professional Development Points available for ATMS & REPS NZ members. CLICK HEREfor more detail.
Health risks associated with overweight and obesity
Understanding, beliefs and causes of overweight and obesity
Elements of a healthy diet and application to healthy weight maintenance
And in-depth look at dietary fats
Physiology of the fat cell (adipocytes)
Food labelling and reading labels
Physical activity and healthy weight maintenance
The psychology of behaviour modification, weight loss and food psychology
Dietary programs, plans AND THE WAY FORWARD
DETAILED TOPIC DESCRIPTION
INTRODUCTION TO OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY Classification of overweight and obesity What causes overweight and obesity? Current theories around the causes of overweight and obesity Diets are failing Planning and prevention of overweight – a public health approach
ISSUES OF OVERWEIGHT Demographics of overweight and obesity – age, gender and cultural differences Health risks
UNDERSTANDING, BELIEFS AND CAUSES OF OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY Introduction to theories and beliefs of overweight and obesity Holistic view of overweight and obesity - The ecological model; Environmental influences on weight control; Biological influences Other influences on the development of overweight and obesity - Eating patterns; Restraint and effort; The influence of diet composition; Sugar turns to fat myth (The process of sugar to fat; Denovo lipogenesis (DNL)); Something to ponder! Low-fat products; The influence of early life experiences Physical activity Other theories on the causes of overweight and obesity including weight cycling
BODY FAT DISTRIBUTION AND MEASUREMENT OF BODY MASS Body composition and health Distribution of body fat - Gender differences and relevance of body shape Location of body fat stores - Subcutaneous fat vs visceral fat Adipocytes Measures of overweight and obesity Manual measures of body fat - Body mass index (BMI); Situations where BMI may not apply Benefits of using WHR and other girth measurements Maintaining your lean body mass Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA)
ELEMENTS OF A HEALTHY DIET AND APPLICATION TO HEALTHY WEIGHT MAINTENANCE Dietary Guidelines for AustraliansDietary recommendations in the UK and a wider view The five food groups Rules and principles of a good diet The World Health (WHO) Obesity Report Nutrients and weight issues - Carbohydrates (sugars, glycemic issues), fibre, protein, fruit & veg, alcohol
AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT DIETARY FATS Dietary fats (lipids)Sources of fat in diets; Fatty acids; saturation; omega's; sources; requirements Triglycerides (TGs); Phospholipids; Lecithin; Cholesterol; Types of lipoproteins Daily energy requirements and fat intake The commercialisation of fats The relationship between dietary fat and body fat loss
PHYSIOLOGY OF THE FAT CELL (ADIPOCYTES) Fat stores in the body - Lipocytes; Location of body fat stores; Development of adipocytes; Fat in the body and insulin’s influence on fat storage; The cycle of lipogenesis, lipolysis and release of FFAs in the body; The influence of fat stores in muscle; Focus point: cellulite
ENERGY BALANCE Food energy and energy balance Factors involved in food intake - Hunger; Appetite; Satiety; Food energy Calculating calories/kilojoules; Alcohol and calories Energy expenditure by the body - Bodily methods for expending energy; Basal metabolism Physical activity - Exercise and energy expenditure Fatty acid oxidation Lean body mass (LBM) and metabolic rate (MR) Metabolic rate and activity Exercise and appetite control Calculating energy expenditure from physical activity Energy requirements (required calories) per day (using EARS) – UK
FOOD LABELLING AND READING LABELS Understanding food labels Labelling laws – Australia, NZ and the UK Nutrition information or declaration in the UK Using nutrition panel information Nutrient claims Healthy claims and the law Unlabelled foods UK laws Logos and endorsements of food products
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTHY WEIGHT MAINTENANCE Exercise programs for weight maintenance Why people do not exercise Making it work The role of physical activity Stores of body fuels - Exercise and the macronutrients as fuels Fuels and physical activity for weight loss - Calculating ideal heart rate for fat loss; The effect of fitness levels on fat loss and fuel usage; Spot reduction of body fat; Post-exercise effect on fat loss Focus Point: Exercise and fat burning
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION AND WEIGHT LOSS Habits and habit taming Attitudes and behaviour Self-limiting behaviours Setting the environment Motivation and modification Sense of control over life Eating and personality: The Big 5 - How does your personality affect your eating? The way forward
DIETARY PROGRAMS, PLANS AND THE WAY FORWARD Dietary assessment Working with clients - Diets don’t work Tips for reviewing a diet diary Simple tips to help change eating habits Rights, obligations and duty Record keeping Professional referrals Duty of care Issues in weight programming - Use of professional counselling; Post-exercise eating; Weight cycling effect; Identifying unsound weight-loss schemes Very low calorie diets (VLCD)
I am absolutely loving this course and can hardly put it down. Annette Tavitian
Excellent handbook that truly has made me aware of more specific nutrients and their functions, thank you. Erin O'Reilly
A challenging course, it was refreshing to learn something new while getting my CECs for a change! And I had no idea that sugar didn't turn to fat in the body, cheers. Malik, SA.