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As the saying goes, "you are what you eat". Advertising in magazines, newspapers and television stresses the importance of a lean and trim body. The emphasis on health and taking responsibility and control of your own health, highlights the importance of knowing how to manage an effective eating regime.

The emphasis is on consulting and designing personal eating programmes that suit your client. This programme has been designed to illustrate the value of a sensible eating regime. It will also allow the therapist to assist clients in weight management.

Course syllabus

1: Introduction

  • Reasons why people want to control their weight
  • Fashion
  • Peer pressure
  • Attractiveness
  • Health
  • Fitness
  • Financial considerations
  • Dietary misconceptions

2: The Digestive System

  • Carbohydrates (starches and sugars)
  • Fats
  • Proteins
  • Water
  • Mineral salts
  • Vitamins
  • Roughage
  • The organs of digestion
  • The structure of the alimentary canal
  • The stomach
  • The small instestine
  • The large intestine
  • The pancreas
  • The liver

3: Nutrition – You Are What You Eat

  • The risk of being overweight
  • Determining if you are overweight
  • Factors which contribute to weight gain
  • Reasons for overeating
  • Elements of nutrition

4: Some Basic Principles Of Weight Reduction and Control Diets

  • Defining the term “diet”
  • A point of departure
  • Dieting slows your metabolism
  • Some basic concepts

5: Guidelines to Compiling Eating Programmes

  • Metabolising the food intake – the digestive process
  • Structure of an intestinal villus
  • A cross section of the small intestine
  • Bringing about a lifestyle change
  • Reducing or cutting our fat in the diet
  • Reducing or cutting out sugar in the diet
  • Increasing the fibre in the diet

6: Food Combining and Supplements

  • Defining the term “food combining”
  • Taking the digestive chemistry into consideration
  • Rules for food combining
  • Classification of foods
  • Compatible and incompatible combinations
  • Fruit in our diet

7: Working with the Client in Compiling Eating Programmes

  • Get to know your client
  • Contra-indications
  • Goal setting
  • Adapting the current food diary
  • Designing a progress report
  • Vitamins and supplements

8: The Role of Exercise in Weight Reduction and Control

  • Exercise burns fat
  • “Being active helps you lose weight”
  • Walking and swimming as a form of exercise
  • Five cool pool moves
  • Deep wading
  • Stretching exercises
  • Benefits of exercise
  • Quality of life
  • Breathing

9: Motivating the Client

  • Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
  • Alderfer ERC theory
  • Herzberg’s two factor theory
  • Setting the goal
  • Monitoring your progress
  • The role of the mind

10: Constipation, Food Cravings and Eating Disorders

  • Constipation
  • Food cravings
  • Eating disorders
  • Menopause related weight gain
  • Mindell vitamin balanced diet
  • Supplements

11: Basic Recipes and Cooking Methods

  • Cooking and preparation of food
  • Meat and poultry
  • Fish
  • Rice and pasta
  • Vegetables and pulses
  • Fruit
  • Some basic recipes
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Main courses
  • Sweets and desserts

12: Setting up a Weight Management Consultancy

  • Business logistics of setting up a practice
  • Awareness of opportunities
  • Innovation
  • Ability to cope with uncertainty
  • Perseverance
  • Knowledge and skills
  • Financial considerations
  • Steps in assessing a business opportunity
  • Organisation of a weight management consultancy
  • Logistics


Course requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Study hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 120 hrs

Additional Information

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support


On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Weight Management & Consulting Diploma

Weight Management & Consulting Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 3 Weight Management & Consulting Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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