Weight Loss Course -Online Study Course
- Study weight management
- Learn about the weight management industry and business opportunities as a weight loss consultant
World health authority data has demonstrated that world wide obesity has doubled over the past 30 years affecting over 200 million men in 2008 and nearly 300 million women, while as many as 1.5 billion adults are currently overweight.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is used as a tool for determining the actual risks to an individual of being overweight or obese. This tool is a simple index of weight-for-height (calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of their height in meters (kg/m2) and is used alongside charts to determine their relative health risk. The World Health Authority definition of being overweight as having a BMI greater than or equal to 25 and definition of obesity as having a BMI greater than or equal to 30. For children and teenagers different criteria apply which take into account the differences in body fat between girls and boys as well as differences at various ages.
Unfortunately the explosion of obesity rates has also had a significant impact on health. Raised BMI is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoarthritis as well being associated with certain cancers such as those affecting the breast and colon. As a result of these health effects, overweight and obesity is now the fifth leading risk for deaths worldwide with at least 2.8 million adults dying on an annual basis as a result of being overweight or obese. Sadly the future health of our children will also be affected by rising obesity rates - as many as 43 million children, younger than 5 years of age, were defined as being overweight in 2010, a figure which is rapidly increasing.
When looking at these figures it becomes obvious that something needs to be done - Are you going to help?
This is a 100 hour course. Studies are self paced. You can work fast or slow; as it best suits your lifestyle. The course is broken up into eight lessons, with each lesson covering the things outlined below.
1.Scope and Nature of Weight Loss
•Weight gain linked to Medication
•Weight gain following Injury or Illness
•Scope and Nature of Weight Loss Industry
•Meal Replacement Products
•Surgery for Weight Loss
2.Managing Physical Activity
•Role of Physical Activity in Energy Balance
•Role of Physical Activity Raising Metabolic Rate
•Bone Mass Maintenance
•Physical Activity and Mental Health
•Specific Aspects of Exercise When Overweight
•Tips to get started with Exercise
•Types of Exercise and Effectiveness for Weight Loss
•Optimum Target Heart Rate for Fat Burning
3.Managing the Diet
•Teaching Portion Control
•Beginning to Address Portion Control
•Fats and Energy Density
•Sources of Fats
•Tips to Reduce Fat
•Practical Tips Based on Daily Meal Plan
•Sugar and Weight Reducing
•General Weight Loss Tips
•Using Food Diaries
•Nutrition Resources and Lesson Planning
4.Managing the Psychology
•Eating and Emotions
•The Brain and Weight Management
•Managing the Psychology
•Helping People to Make Changes
•Stages og Change Explained -Pre contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance, Relapse
5.Tools for the Consultant
•Determining Weight Status of Clients
•Administering Weight Checks
•Determining Waiste Measurement
•Running Supermarket Tours
6.Delivering Weight Loss Services
•Features of an Ideal One to One Consultation
•Good Questioning Skills
•Running Group Sessions
•Running Independant Weight Management Group Sessions
•Joining an Established Weight Management Business
•Potential Barriers to Weight Loss
•Social Issues and Pressure
7.Conducting a Weight Loss Consultation
•The Next Step
•PBL Project -A major project where you:
•-Explain the basics of obesity, explain fully the causes, symptoms, and associated health risks.
•-Identify a target market that will benefit from your services.
•-Develop a marketing strategy to attract clients from your target market
•-Identify the nutritional, physical exercise, and psychological contributions to obesity.
•-Identify and convey the importance of addressing all of the above elements in a successful weight loss programme.
•-Present clear, concise and readily understandable guidelines that address appropriate interventions for the clients to take home and follow
•-Develop appropriate assessment tools and strategies to identify and monitor your clients needs.
•-Discuss the challenges for your client to adhere to the programme, and outline strategies to support them.
•-Compare and contrast the dietary, exercise and psychological strategies you have decided to use, with other weight loss strategies you have decided not to use (e.g. surgery, meal replacement drinks, medication)
•-Represent complex health information in a clear, simple format, readily understandable by the individual assuming they have little or no nutritional background
8.Establishing a Weight Loss Business
•Starting a New Business
•Personality and Lifestyle
•Industry Knowledge and Experience
•Starting a Business versus Buying a Franchise
•The Planning Process
•The Marketing PlanPromotion, Advertising, Networking
•Summary of a Successful Business
Sample Course Notes
Physical activity has been defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles requiring energy expenditure. The world health authority has identified physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths per year. Unfortunately, there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that physical activity levels have declined in many countries worldwide.
Physical activity has significant benefits for health, for example reducing the risk of:
- cardiovascular disease
- certain cancers such as breast cancer and cancer of the colon
Physical activity is also a key determinant of our daily energy expenditure and of our energy balance and weight control. As a weight loss consultant it is therefore inconceivable to advise clients on weight control without also advising them on the benefits of increasing their physical activity.
BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN ANY WEIGHT CONTROL PROGRAM
As we shall discover physical activity offers many advantages to people trying to lose weight.
The role of physical activity in energy balance
Losing weight, gaining weight or maintaining weight depends on the balance of joules taken in to the amount of joules used up through activity. To help clients lose weight it is crucial to teach them how to balance their energy intake from food with their energy output expended through activity. It is the imbalance of these two factors which usually results in the weight they have gained in the first place.
While energy input and output does not need to balance every day, it is the balance of these factors over an extended period of time that makes a difference. Additionally small imbalances can be significant over time. For example, eating just 628 joules (150 calories) more a day than you can burn through physical activity can lead to a weight gain of 2.3 kg in 6 months or 4.5kg over one year. This 628 joules can be provided very easily e.g. one can of coke has approximately 648 joules as does 1 small chocolate biscuit or one small 30g chocolate bar.
When setting weight loss goals with a client, we tend to encourage gradual weight loss of around 0.5 -1 kg each week. Each 500g of fat your body stores represents around 14650 joules of unused energy and losing 0.5kg a week relies on a energy deficit of 14650 joules per week or 2093 joules (500 calories) per day for one week. To achieve this energy deficit a client would have to take in less energy from their diet or do extra exercise with energy expenditure equivalent to 2093 joules per day. Of course the ideal is to combine diet with increased activity.
We shall concentrate more on dietary changes which add up to 2093 joules in later lessons but here we will look specifically at how exercise can contribute to an energy deficit.
Teaching energy expenditure is crucial as studies have consistently found that people frequently overestimate how much energy they expend through physical activity and this can cause them to gain weight as they allow themselves to eat more to account for this deficit.
For example your weight loss clients may be surprised that cycling for 1 hour at 8.05kph (5mph) burns around 728 joules, which is not much more than the chocolate biscuit as previously mentioned.
To show clients the energy expended by different activities you can develop a chart such as in the example below and may like to add specific activities undertaken by group members. Whilst the energy expenditures of some activities may look small, remember also to encourage the idea that exercising regularly will make a difference to long term weight control. Regular exercise has also been shown to help patients adhere to a dietary plan.
You may also find these e-books helpful:
Human Nutrition: http://www.acsbookshop.com/products/2259-human-nutrition-ebook-e-book-e-book-metabolism-digestion.aspx
Aerobic Fitness: http://www.acsbookshop.com/products/2253-aerobic-fitness-ebook-downloadable-fit.aspx
Why Choose This Course
- Course notes and materials are unique (written by our staff) and up to date (most revised annually) –our graduates are more up to date with what they learn than many other institutions.
- We don’t just present you with information; we also work to help you understand and remember it, develop an ability to apply it in the real world, and build networks with others who work in this field.
- Start any time, study at your own pace, study from anywhere
- Don’t waste time and money traveling to and from classes
- More choices in your assignment work –courses are written to allow you more options to focus on parts of the subject that are of more interest to you.
- Tutors more accessible than many colleges – academics are hard at work in both the UK and Australia, 5 days a week, 16 hours a day, and answering individual queries from students are top priority and always attended to within a day –often within an hour.
- Be treated like an individual –don’t get lost in a crowd of other students. Our tutors interact with you one to one.
- Extra help at no extra cost where needed.. If you find a task you can’t do, we will help you through it or give you another option.
- Support after graduation –We will advise on getting work, starting a business, putting a CV together. We will promote students and their businesses through our extensive profile on the internet. Any graduate who asks will be helped.
How You Study
- When you enroll, we send you an email that explains it all.
- You are given a short orientation video to watch, where our principal introduces you to how the course works, and how you can access all sorts of support services
- You are either given access to your course online, or sent a CD or course materials through the mail (or by courier).
- You work through lessons one by one. Each lesson has at least four parts:
- An aim -which tells you what you should be achieving in the lesson
- Reading -notes written and regularly revised by our academic staff
- Set Task(s) -These are practicals, research or other experiential learning tasks that strengthen and add to what you have been reading
- Assignment -By answering questions, submitting them to a tutor, then getting feedback from the tutor, you confirm that you are on the right track, but more than that, you are guided to consider what you have been studying in different ways, broadening your perspective and reinforcing what you are learning about
- Other - Your work in a course rarely stops at just the above four parts. Different courses and different students will need further learning experiences. Your set task or assignment may lead to other things, interacting with tutors or people in industry, reviewing additional reference materials or something else. We treat every student as an individual and supplement their learning needs as the occasion requires.
- You are given access to and encouraged to use a range of supplementary services including an online student room, including online library; student bookshop, newsletters, social media etc.
- You are provided with a "student manual" which you can refer to if and when needed. It provides a quick solution to most problems that might occur (some people never need to use this; but if you are studying late at night & have a problem, the manual provides a first port of call that can often get you moving again).
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- Recognised by International Accreditation and Recognition Council
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