Weight Management and Body Composition Certificate

by Rachel Cosgrove, Scott Josephson, MS, RD, John Berardi, PhD, Jenna Bell, PhD, RD, LD and John Ivy

Earn up to 9 CECs/CEUs from ACE, ACSM, NASM, NFPT, WITS and more!

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What Motivates Your Clients?

Understanding a client’s underlying fitness goals will allow you to create a weight management program that extends the longevity of the relationship, long after seasonal lifestyle changes and New Year’s Resolutions have lapsed.

Learn How to Create the Best Weight Management Program for your Client

  • Explore the role hormones play in your female client’s physique.
  • Discover the effect nutrition and exercise have on influencing changes in body composition.
  • Get access to a proven system to run your very own “drop two sizes challenge,” guaranteeing your clients, both men and women, lose two sizes in 8 weeks!

The Weight Management and Body Composition Certificate Program includes:

  • Four video courses and two article courses (a $340 value!) so you can earn up to 9 CECs/CEUs from ACE, ACSM, NASM, NFPT, WITS and more!
  • One bonus video - Changing Body Composition—It’s Not All About Calories!
  • Education taught by IDEA’s experts including John Berardi, PhD, Scott Josephson MS, RD, Jenna Bell, PhD, RD, LD, and Rachel Cosgrove

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Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the difference between giving advice and offering nutrition coaching.
  2. Explain why nutrient deficiencies can lead to health and physique challenges.
  3. Describe how different body types vary and give nutrition strategies for each type.
  4. Explain when meal frequency, cycling and workout strategies become important.
  5. Consider who intermittent fasting might be for and who might want to avoid it.
  6. Explain the physiological differences for women regarding hormonal fluctuations, storing body fat and the role of growth hormone secretion via exercise.
  7. Explain the psychosocial factors linked to successful and unsuccessful dieters.
  8. Discuss some practical applications personal trainers can incorporate when working with dieting clients.
  9. Describe a nutrition intervention that is likely to optimize nutrition adherence.
  10. Explain the exact formula including nutrition and exercise recommendations to help your clients drop two sizes in just 8 weeks.

Course Content

Precision Nutrition: How to Fix a Broken Diet—Three Ways to Get Your Eating on Track
The Female Physique: The Link Between Nutrition, Hormones and Strength Training
Intermittent Fasting: Science or Fiction?
How to Run Your Own “Drop Two Sizes” Challenge
January 2018 IDEA Fitness Journal Quiz 4: Small Diet Changes for Big Results
November/December 2018 IDEA Fitness Journal Quiz 4: Motivating Clients to Make Lasting Changes in Nutrition
Bonus Video: Changing Body Composition—It’s Not All About Calories!

About the Author

Rachel Cosgrove

Rachel Cosgrove IDEA Author/Presenter

I am the owner of Results Fitness, a fitness center in Southern California. I am the author of the book The Female Body Breakthrough published by Rodale, with my second book scheduled to be released in January 2013, I have my own column in Women's Health Magazine, and I am a contributor to many fitness publications including; Women's Health, Men's Health, Runner's World, More Magazine, Men's Fitness, Oxygen, and Muscle & Fitness Hers. I have worked as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies including Gatorade, Secret Deodorant, and presently Nike. I am passionate about changing the way fitness is done around the world, and I'm determined to help as many women as possible have their own breakthrough and achieve their full potential.

Scott Josephson, MS, RD

Scott Josephson, MS, RD IDEA Author/Presenter

Scott is a nationally recognized award winning speaker who has been published over 100 times, and has been featured in educational webinars, videos and DVDs sold worldwide. As a well-recognized industry leader with extensive experience, Scott delivers tremendous passion and influence to vast audiences, associations, communities, corporations, private groups and a vast array of health, fitness and wellness professionals. Scott is the recipient of the 2005 Director of the Year for Teaching Excellence, the 2010 Specialty Presenter of the Year, the 2011 Citizen of the Year Award, and is on the International Advisory Boards for the American Fitness Professionals and Associates, and the Canadian Fitness Professionals and Associates. He previous served as an operating partner at The Center for Nutritional Research and Treatment, and as the Director of Operations at the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute.

John Berardi, PhD

John Berardi, PhD IDEA Author/Presenter

As an elite nutrition coach and exercise physiologist, Dr. Berardi has coached hundreds of elite amateur and professional athletes. In fact, in the last two Winter Olympics alone, his athletes have collected over 25 medals, 12 of them gold. Further, for the last 3 years, Dr. Berardi has acted as the director of the world's largest body transformation project. This one-of-a-kind fat loss coaching program has produced more total weight loss than all 10 seasons of The Biggest Loser combined.

Jenna Bell, PhD, RD, LD

Jenna Bell, PhD, RD, LD IDEA Author/Presenter

Dr. Jenna A. Bell is the co-author of Energy to Burn: The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel your Active Lifestyle (John Wiley & Sons 2009) and Launching Your Dietetics Career (ADA 2011), Nutrition Communications Consultant and member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Today’s Dietitian. Dr. Bell is a leader with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, including positions with Nutrition Entrepreneurs and the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. She is an international presenter for healthcare professionals and consumers, and her expertise have been featured in Us Weekly, Self Magazine, Fitness magazine, Pilates Style, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, IDEA Fitness Journal, IDEA Health and Fitness Source, IDEA Personal Trainer, other print publications and on the web. She’s been published in scientific journals, and appeared on the Daily Buzz, ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates, local and national radio programs and podcasts. Jenna is a Nutrition Advisor to international sports nutrition companies, and has worked in public relations for 15 years. She has provided nutrition seminars at major athletic events like the Boston Marathon, the ING New York City Marathon, Bank of American Chicago Marathon and the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI. Jenna is a two-time Ironman Finisher and completed three marathons. In addition, she has competed in numerous sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and road races. Dr. Bell earned her doctorate with Distinction in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis on Exercise Science at the University of New Mexico, Masters Degree with Distinction in Nutrition and dietetic internship, and Bachelors in Nutritional Sciences from the University of New Hampshire. She is a popular speaker and writer for IDEA Fitness Journal. She is currently based in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

John Ivy

John Ivy IDEA Author/Presenter

Dr. John Ivy is the Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland, and trained in physiology and metabolism at Washington University School of Medicine as an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow. He served on the faculty at the University of Texas for 31 years and as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education for 13 years. Dr. Ivy is the author of over 170 scientific papers, numerous book chapters and four books on sports nutrition including the very popular Nutrient Timing, which has been published in 4 languages. His research has pioneered our understanding of muscle metabolism and how nutritional supplementation can improve exercise performance, recovery and training adaptation. His research has also focused on the effects of exercise and nutrition on muscle glucose transport and insulin resistance, and how appropriate levels of physical activity and diet can prevent type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Dr. Ivy has consulted with numerous food and supplement companies on product development and the science of sports nutrition. He is currently Chief Scientific Officer for Neogenis Sports, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for EAS, and consultant to General Mills. He has also worked with many elite athletes to improve and integrate their training and nutrition plans. Dr. Ivy is a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, and the American College of Sports Medicine and a recipient of the College’s Citation Award. He is also a member of the American Physiological Society, American College of Nutrition and the College and Professional Sports Dietetics Association.

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