GW Body Composition and Metabolism Workshop

Dietitians can earn up to 5.5 CPE/CEU hours

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The scientific approach to weight management

GW Body Composition and Metabolism Workshop

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn more about the role that metabolism plays in weight management, and how diet and exercise affect the metabolism.  The goal of this clinic is to teach the practitioner how to create exercise and/or nutrition plans based on an individual client’s unique metabolism.  Participants will learn how to use data from metabolic testing and body composition measurement to design nutritional strategies that promote simultaneous fat loss and muscle gain.  Participants will also learn what resistance training strategies are most effective for improving the metabolism, and how to incorporate these strategies into their day-to-day program design.  The biopsychosocial factors that influence dieting behavior and behavior change will also be explored. 

8:30-9:00              Registration

9:00-9:50              Todd Miller, PhD., CSCS*D, TSAC-F*D, FNSCA

Body Composition and Metabolism:  Measurement and Manipulation

In this segment we will discuss the advantages of using body composition and metabolism testing in weight management.  Participants will learn why nutritional and exercise interventions should focus on improving the body composition, and not focus solely on weight loss.  By looking at actual case studies, participants will learn whether body composition improvement should be achieved through a primary focus on fat loss or muscle gain, and the training strategies to achieve each goal. 

10:00-10:50         Stephanie Mull, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS

Nutritional and Exercise Strategies for Body Composition Improvement

The influence that diet and exercise has on the resting metabolism will be explored in depth.  Participants will learn how to use the RMR and body composition results to develop a calorie and macronutrient prescription for an individual client.   The objective will be to demonstrate how to program with the goal of increasing/preserving muscle, while feeding in a caloric deficit.  The pitfalls of using published equations for predicting RMR will be discussed, as well as practical alternatives to using these equations.  Metabolic adaptations to aerobic and anaerobic exercise will be compared.  Resistance training strategies that are helpful in increasing/preserving the RMR while in a caloric deficit will be discussed.  Client case studies will be used to show how to manipulate the diet over time, as the body adapts to continued training and nutritional modification.  The use of commercially available food tracking apps will be discussed as a means to monitor client progress and adherence.

11:00-12:10 Domenica Rubino, M.D., and Lauren Trocchio, RD

Addressing Biopsychosocial Factors to Help Create Change

 A variety of biopsychosocial factors can impact an individual’s weight and body composition. As providers we seek to guide our patients through change, yet change can be tremendously challenged by these factors. During this session we’ll review the challenges a patient may experience from a biological, social, and psychological perspective while attempting to change body composition, as well as explore potential provider tools through the use of clinic case studies.


12:15-1:00 Lunch (provided)


1:00-1:50              Heather Huntsman, PhD.

Popular Eating Strategies for Weight Loss and their Consequences

This session will focus on popular eating strategies (Keto, paleo, intermittent fasting, carb cycling, etc) and their potential effects on body composition and metabolism.  Current research on these topics will be reviewed, and the consequences of using these eating strategies will be discussed.


2:00-2:50              Kyle Levers, PhD, CSCS 

Nutritional Supplementation for Optimal Body Composition

This session will focus on the role that supplements can play in improving body composition.  Special attention will be given to the role that supplements play when the goal is to increase and/or maintain muscle mass during periods of prolonged caloric restriction.  The role of supplemental protein in the diet will be extensively discussed.

3:00-4:00              Keynote Speaker:  Kevin Hall, PhD          

“Why is it so difficult to lose weight and keep it off?”

This session will focus on the physiological adaptations that act to resist weight loss and promote weight regain.  The ways in which the brain adapts and responds to a variety of interventions to diet and physical activity will be extensively explored. 

Workshop Cost: $99

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