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Discover the benefits of keeping a food record, understand the importance of food preparation methods, and learn how to guesstimate portion sizes.
Determine your body type, body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and estimated daily calories, and use this information to develop SMART weight-loss goals.
Learn to evaluate the nutritional content of your food, use that information to plan filling meals with fewer calories, and find out how to time your meals and snacks so you’re less hungry between meals.
Learn the differences between cardiorespiratory exercise, strength training, and lifestyle activity, and set goals for all three.
Understand the role of water in weight management, learn how much water a day is enough, and overcome obstacles to good hydration.
Explore the effects of stress on weight, and develop stress management techniques to help you achieve your weight-loss goals.
Find out how your thoughts affect weight management, and learn how to use cognitive tools to change thought patterns that are holding you back.
Discover the importance of sleep in weight loss, learn how to get better sleep, and develop ways to cope with sleeplessness.
Learn how to eat out successfully, uncover tips for planning and preparing meals at home, and discover how to make better decisions about what and how much to eat when you’re with others.
Take exercise to the next level, learn secrets for successful long-term exercise, and overcome thought patterns that negatively affect exercise.
Discuss how factors such as genetics, aging, pregnancy, perimenopause, and cravings affect weight, and uncover strategies to minimize their effects.
Explore the differences between weight loss and weight maintenance, and get acquainted with tips and tricks for overcoming obstacles to weight maintenance.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? 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.
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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.
“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.”
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