Certificate in Weight Loss Management and Nutrition Online Course

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Full Fee $999.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $1,600.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

What you will do in this Weight Loss Management and Consultant Course:

  • Explain factors that affect weight in a body.
  • Determine the scope and nature of the weight loss industry in your region.
  • Explain the role of physical activity in weight loss and provide practical advice and resources for you to use as a weight loss consultant.
  • Explain the role of dietary change in weight loss and provide practical advice and resources for you to use as a weight loss consultant.
  • Explain a variety of ways that psychology can be applied to the control of weight.
  • Determine weight status of clients
  • Select and implement and manage the use of different techniques to control weight in clients
  • Identify a viable weight loss service, and those things that must be done to optimize the chance of ongoing success.
  • Adapt dietary resources based on needs of an individual or a particular group.
  • Planning to start a weight management group
  • Develop a weight management service as a business


  • Develop an understanding of modern day causes of obesity and recognise its significance to health.
  • Evaluate the weight status and body composition of an individual.
  • Explain a range of weight reducing diets and to evaluate how ‘healthy’ different diets are in terms of nutrient balance and consider how practical the diets are to follow
  • Explain the relationship between nutrition and obesity.
  • Determine appropriate actions to manage eating habits in individuals and in demographic groups for prevention of obesity.
  • Determine appropriate treatments for treatment of obesity.
  • Compare different techniques for modifying eating behaviour in order to control obesity.
  • Analyse the calorie intake of an individual and recommend changes in order to manage obesity
  • Describe a range of medical conditions and treatments that can affect obesity, and explain appropriate dietary management responses to those conditions.
  • Evaluate the obesity problem of an individual and determine a recommended course of action within a limited time frame; and using available information and resources gathered within that time frame.


Detailed Course Outline

Each course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.



Scope and Nature of Weight Loss

  • Obesity Defined
  • Genetics
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Life Events
  • Adolescence
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Middle Age
  • Stopping Smoking
  • Weight gain linked to Medication
  • Weight gain following Injury or Illness
  • Scope and Nature of Weight Loss Industry
  • Health Programs
  • Meal Replacement Products
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Surgery for Weight Loss

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
  • Cardiovascular Activity
  • Optimum Target Heart Rate for Fat Burning
  • Resistance Activities
  • Exercise Progression
  • Recommending Exercise

Managing the Diet

  • Teaching Portion Control
  • Beginning to Address Portion Control
  • Energy Density
  • 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

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

Tools for the Consultant

  • Determining Weight Status of Clients
  • Administering Weight Checks
  • Calculating BMI
  • Interpreting BMI
  • Setting Targets
  • Determining Waiste Measurement
  • Health Evaluation
  • Nutritional Advice
  • Running Supermarket Tours
  • Food Labels

Delivering Weight Loss Services

  • Individual Consultations
  • 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
  • Time Constraints
  • Lifestyle
  • Physical Limitations
  • Psychological Limitations
  • Age
  • Hormonal Issues

Conducting a Weight Loss Consultation

  • The Next Step
  • Target Marketing
  • Demand
  • Competition
  • Location
  • PBL Project

Establishing a Weight Loss Business

  • Starting a New Business
  • Personality and Lifestyle
  • Affordability
  • Industry Knowledge and Experience
  • Starting a Business versus Buying a Franchise
  • Business Plans
  • The Planning Process
  • Marketing
  • The Marketing Plan Promotion, Advertising, Networking
  • Summary of a Successful Business



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)
  • Health Risks of Obesity
  • Understanding Weight
  • Body composition
  • Evaluation Techniques
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

Nutrition Basics

  • Why we need food
  • Nutrient Reference Value (NRV)
  • Understanding Digestion and Absorption
  • How we process food
  • Basic Roles of Major Digestive Organs
  • Food Composition (Carbohydrates, Protens, Fats, etc)
  • Fibre
  • Need for Fluids
  • The Glycaemic Index (GI)
  • Calculating Energy Requirements
  • Basal Metabolic Rate
  • Food Pyramid and Recommended Daily Intake (RDI)
  • What is the recommended intake of nutrients?
  • New food pyramid and normal eating patterns
  • Childhood Obesity

Diets -Fads, Fiction and Fact

  • A Review of Popular Approaches to Weight Loss and Control
  • Vegetarian Diets
  • Starvation
  • Very Low Calorie and Liquid Diets
  • Commercial Low Calorie Meal Substitutes
  • Commercial Low Calorie Meal Substitutes
  • Blood type diet
  • Food combining
  • Detox Diets
  • Low carbohydrate diets
  • Low Glycaemic index diet (low GI)
  • Sweeteners
  • Low fat diets
  • Fat Substitutes
  • Fat burning diets
  • Supplements
  • Guidelines for Childhood Weight Loss

Preventing Obesity

  • Metabolism … Keeping the Metabolic Rate Stable
  • Making the best food choices
  • Nutritional Education
  • Teaching Healthy Eating Habits to Children
  • Health Initiatives Targeting Obesity
  • Public Health Information
  • Legislative controls

Treating Obesity

  • Methods that Work
  • Assessment of Clients or Patients
  • Modifying Behaviour
  • Prescribing Diets
  • Life Coach and Personal Trainer
  • Weight Loss Hypnosis
  • Self-help Groups
  • Health Clubs, Health Farms and Holiday Retreats
  • A Holistic Approach
  • Supplements

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

Restricting Calorie Intake

  • Understanding Energy and Metabolism
  • Metabolism
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Age (Growth and Aging) and Metabolism
  • Activity and Metabolism
  • Calorie Restricted Diets

Medical Conditions: Hormones, Drugs, Eating Disorders

  • Nutrition During Disease
  • Childhood Diabetes
  • Link between Medication and Diet
  • Drugs and Hormones Prescribed for Weight Management
  • Diet Pills
  • Thyroid hormone
  • Somatropin (Growth Hormone
  • Weight Loss Surgery
  • Lipoplasty (Liposuction)
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck)
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa

Planning a Diet

  • A major Problem Based Learning Project

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    Course Tutor

    Jodie Walpole Bachelor of Applied Science (Food & Nutrition), Advanced Practitioner in Life Coaching

    Jodie is a qualified Nutritionist and Advanced Practitioner in Life Coaching.  Jodie brings to Careerline over 15 years corporate nutrition and health experience as a result of working for several large multinational food and beverage companies.  Jodie is passionate about all aspects of nutrition, health and wellness with particular interest in weight management and childhood obesity.   More recently Jodie completed her Advanced Practitioner of Life Coaching course and is a certified Life Coach with hours of practical experience.  As a Life Coach Jodie enjoys working with clients to close the gap between where they are currently in their lives and where they want to be.  Jodie is also an experienced tutor enjoying the challenge of working with students to reach their full potential.

    How It Works

    1. Learn Online

    Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

    2. Get Help & Support

    Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

    3. Receive Certificate

    Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.