As a person’s weight increases, so does their risk of disease and premature death. In fact, obesity is one of the leading preventable causes of death world-wide. Sadly, weight gain and loss are complex processes involving many factors. So, knowledge is power when it comes to fighting this global epidemic. This online course is ideal for life coaches, personal trainers, counsellors, or anyone who wants to help their clients (or friends) lose weight.
The Certificate of Nutrition (Weight Loss) is an online program that will provide the skills and strategies to help people lose weight and keep it off. You will discover what causes obesity, how to prevent it and techniques to treat it by understanding the role of medical conditions, metabolism and hormones.
In this professional development course, you will discover nutritional aspects of weight management, including the new food pyramid, normal eating patterns, glycaemic index (GI), recommended daily intake (RDI), as well as the role of digestion and absorption.
You will also learn about the assessment process, and diet and behaviour modification techniques, including prescribing diets, supplements, exercise and the role of hypnosis, self-help groups and health clubs.
On completion of this course, you will have strengthened your understanding of the nutritional and holistic strategies to help your clients, friends or family lose weight successfully.
Nutrition For Weight Loss
Unit 1 – Understanding obesity
What is obesity
‘types’ of obesity … Hyperplasia or hypertrophy of fats cells
Dietary trends and the incidence of obesity
Factors influencing food intake and habits
Physiological factors which determine food intake
Environmental and behavioural factors which determine food intake:
Causes of obesity (genetics, lifestyle, exercise, eating habits, water intake, changing metabolism through life, medical conditions and disease, psychology)
A review of popular approaches to weight loss and control
Very low calorie and liquid diets
Commercial low-calorie meal substitutes
Commercial low-calorie meal substitutes
Blood type diet
Low carbohydrate diets
Low glycaemic index diet (low GI)
Fat burning diets
Guidelines for childhood weight loss
Unit 4 – Preventing obesity
Metabolism … Keeping the metabolic rate stable
Making the best food choices
Teaching healthy eating habits to children
Health initiatives targeting obesity
Public health information
Unit 5 – Treating obesity
Methods that work
Assessment of clients or patients
Life coach and personal trainer
Weight loss hypnosis
Health clubs, health farms and holiday retreats
A holistic approach
Unit 6 – Modifying eating behaviour
Key stages in behaviour changes
Cultural food patterns
How to make lifelong changes
Assess current diet (patterns and nutritional value)
Plan for change
Seek motivation and support from others
Improving health through food
Diseases linked to obesity
Changing unhealthy habits
Unit 7 – Restricting calorie intake
Understanding energy and metabolism
Age (growth and ageing) and metabolism
Activity and metabolism
Calorie restricted diets
Unit 8 – Medical conditions: hormones, drugs, eating disorders
Nutrition during disease
Link between medication and diet
Drugs and hormones prescribed for weight management
Somatropin (growth hormone
Weight loss surgery
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
Unit 9 – Planning a diet
A major problem-based learning project
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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Y. Toras, Maroubra, NSW | Certificate of Nutrition – Weight Loss
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.