I’ve tried many diets throughout the years but have never received guidance from a registered dietician. Donna’s class covers all aspects of weight loss and weight maintenance and contains practical tools to assist students in reaching goals. Donna is a motivating, caring instructor and I thoroughly enjoyed the course!
I loved this course! Not only was Donna informed but she was sincere. She always answered our questions and gave suggestions. She was kind in her words and extremely supportive. I would recommend this course without a doubt.
I have been a dieter for about 15 years or so and thought that I knew all there was to know about every diet and weight loss plan there was…In this course, I learned more and more!! Totally enjoyed this class!
Thank you, Donna…I have really enjoyed taking this online class. I have learned sooooo much. My self-awareness is really there. This course has given me tools that can be used (and were used) for more than just my weight management. I really am so much better due to this class. You will simply never know how much your class has changed my life.
I weighed 213 lbs when I began this class and currently weigh 202 lbs after 5 weeks…I am going to continue to do the things I have learned from this class…With the knowledge I've gained from this class, I feel confident that I can control my weight. I also know that I feel better and healthier now, and that motivates me not only to maintain my new weight but to try and lose even more.
Course Code: lwt
Learn healthy, proven techniques for weight loss that you can personalize and begin using immediately including how to use your hands to guesstimate and manage portion sizes when you just don't have the option to weigh and measure your food. Then, discover how body type relates to health and weight management, and use interactive tools to calculate your body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and personal daily calorie estimation. With all of this information in hand, you'll be ready to develop your own SMART goals for weight loss and weight maintenance.
Find out what's in the food you're eating and how to use that information to plan meals and snacks that support your weight-loss goals. Then, learn easy ways to make exercise work when you don't have a lot of extra time, and we'll explore the common (but frustrating!) obstacles to exercise.
Learn the role of water in weight management including how much water is enough and how to determine how much water you lose during exercise. You'll also uncover tips and tricks for overcoming obstacles to good hydration. Then, unravel the influences of stress on weight, and discover how to use stress management techniques to minimize or even eliminate the effects of stress.
Discover how emotional eating and the way you think about your body affect your ability to follow through on healthy choices, and gain tools you can use to overcome unhelpful thought patterns. Then, learn how sleep deprivation interferes with metabolism, encourages cravings, and increases your appetite.
Learn how to stick with your SMART goals when you're eating out, and explore how to make preparing food at home easy, quick, and healthy for you and your family. Then, discover how and why it’s important to change up your exercise routine from time to time.
Learn how genetics and life changes can affect weight management, and discover how to successfully manage your weight during all of life’s stages. Finally, learn methods for determining your personal ideal weight, and we'll explore how to shift from weight loss to weight maintenance once you've achieved it. By the end of this lesson—and this course—you'll have the know-how to help you enjoy weight loss for a lifetime.
Donna Acosta, RDN, ACE-Certified Health Coach, is a registered dietitian and nutrition educator. A lifetime learner, Donna is currently pursuing her master's degree in counseling. Her clinical expertise is in weight management, diabetes nutrition care, and cardiac rehabilitation management. Donna also has more than a decade of experience teaching cooking classes, which reflects her passion for eating healthfully—and enjoying every bite! She has developed and taught a variety of hospital- and community-based nutrition programs, including such clients as Warner Bros. Studios, Neutrogena, and Fluor-Daniel. She has also developed and taught dance-based exercise classes for the YMCA. As the wife of a husband with Type 2 diabetes, and the mother of three teenagers, Donna's focus is on helping others discover how feasible and delicious it can be to manage weight successfully and eat healthfully for a lifetime.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.