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Unveil the science of shedding pounds: explore evidence-based weight-loss strategies, encompassing dietary patterns, nutraceuticals, lifestyle factors, and beyond. Discover powerful, holistic approaches to optimise client success.

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31 May 2023, 10:00 BST – 26 Jul 2023, 12:00 BST

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About the course

SLIMtalks: The Latest in Evidence-based Weight Management

Staying at the cutting edge of nutrition and obesity management is an exhilarating, demanding pursuit. It's an ever-evolving landscape where new research constantly reshapes our understanding and challenges conventional wisdom. A necessity, indeed, for every modern nutritional therapist and nutritionist. You understand this because you live it. You strive for excellence, seeking innovative insights and strategies to conquer the age-old, increasingly pressing weight loss issue. Here's the key to unlocking the vault of cutting-edge knowledge: SLIMtalks.

Envisage a comprehensive, meticulously designed 10-part course brimming with the latest research and advancements in the nutrition realm, curated with the insight of a seasoned nutritional therapy practitioner and educator and the passion of a dedicated health advocate. This is SLIMtalks.

Each instalment of SLIMtalks delves deep into a different facet of weight loss and obesity management. From exploring new links between gut microbiota and obesity to deciphering the impact of genetics on weight management, you'll be privy to ground-breaking research and innovative strategies poised to redefine your practice.

But why to choose SLIMtalks, you may wonder? After all, information isn't hard to come by in our digital era. The answer lies in method, madness, authority, and authenticity. SLIMtalks not only presents information but deciphers debates and delivers it in a relatable and practical way that enables you to effectively incorporate the latest findings into your practice.

And, in the spirit of authentic learning, SLIMtalks encourages discourse. You're not just a passive consumer; you're a participant, a critical thinker, a problem solver. With SLIMtalks, you engage in a dynamic, enlightening journey that amplifies your professional prowess and positions you as a trailblazer in your field.

The world of weight loss and obesity management is teeming with complexity, and its twists and turns are often confusing. SLIMtalks equips you with a guiding light, illuminating the path toward proper understanding and success. Every intervention-focused topic will include the gold-standard GRADE framework, making it easier to interpret and apply evidence confidently. It's not just about staying ahead of the curve—it's about reshaping the arc itself.

So, brace yourself for an intellectual thrill ride. Embrace the challenge, revel in the complexity, and join SLIMtalks. Because when it comes to transformative knowledge, why should you settle for anything less than the best? Immerse yourself in a sea of insight and emerge as a titan in your field. SLIMtalks is not just a continuous professional development course but your stepping stone to excellence.

Introduction and Epidemiology of Obesity (1.5 hours)

In the first session of SLIMtalks, we will kick off the course with an in-depth overview of the problem at hand - obesity. We will delve into the prevalence, causes, and effects of obesity globally and locally. By understanding the extent of the issue, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to address it effectively in your practice. Get ready to gain a comprehensive understanding of the epidemiology of obesity and its impact on individuals and communities.

The Science of Obesity (1.5 hours)

Next, we will dive deep into the fascinating world of obesity science. In this session, we will explore the biology of obesity, including cutting-edge research on nutrigenomics and the role of the microbiome in obesity. By understanding the intricate mechanisms behind obesity, you can provide evidence-based recommendations and interventions to your clients. Stay ahead of the curve with the latest scientific advancements in obesity research.

Understanding Macronutrients I: Protein and Fat (1.5 hours)

Macronutrients are crucial in diet, weight loss, and obesity management. In this session, we will focus on the role and significance of protein and fat. We will discuss the total quantity, types, and sources of these macronutrients, including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, legumes, nuts, oils, avocadoes, dairy products and more. By understanding the impact of protein and fat on weight management, you can tailor dietary recommendations to optimise results for your clients. Gain the expertise to guide your clients in making informed fat choices that support their weight loss journey.

Understanding Macronutrients II: Carbohydrates and Dietary Supplements (1.5 hours)

Carbohydrates are a key player in weight loss and obesity management. In this session, we will explore the various types (refined vs unrefined, sugar, starch) and sources of carbohydrates. From sugar-sweetened beverages to fruits and whole grains, we'll explore the wide range of carbohydrate sources and discuss their quality, including glycaemic load. And, of course, we touch on artificial sweeteners and their role in weight management. Finally, we delve into the role and efficacy of dietary supplements for weight loss. By the end of this session, you'll be equipped with evidence-based knowledge to guide your clients in making informed carbohydrate choices and incorporating dietary supplements when appropriate.

Dietary Patterns and Models (1.5 hours)

Numerous dietary models and patterns exist, each with its own claims and promises. This session will review various dietary models such as ketogenic, low carbohydrate, low fat, and plant-based diets. We'll explore the impact of these dietary patterns on weight loss and obesity management, helping you understand their strengths and limitations. Gain the knowledge to guide your clients in choosing the most suitable dietary pattern for their needs and goals.

Calorie Counting, Continuous Energy Restriction, and Intermittent Fasting (1.5 hours)

Calorie counting, continuous energy restriction, and intermittent fasting are popular dieting techniques in weight loss and obesity management. In this session, we will discuss the effectiveness of these techniques and explore how they can be practically incorporated into daily life. You'll learn how to guide your clients in implementing these techniques safely and effectively to achieve their weight loss goals.

Special Conditions and Weight Loss (1.5 hours)

Weight loss strategies may need to be tailored for individuals with special conditions such as diabetes, gestational diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, steatohepatitis, hypothyroidism, PCOS, and perimenopause. In this session, we will explore evidence-based weight loss strategies for these conditions, providing you with the tools to support clients with specific health challenges on their weight loss journey. Gain expertise in managing weight loss in the presence of these special conditions.

Lifestyle and Weight Loss (1.5 hours)

Weight loss is not just about diet; lifestyle factors also play a significant role. In this session, we will explore the effects of sleep, alcohol, exercise, and caffeine on weight loss. You'll learn how these lifestyle factors can support or hinder weight loss efforts. Equip yourself with the knowledge to guide your clients in making sustainable lifestyle changes contribute to their weight loss goals.

Estimating and Monitoring Food Intake and Energy Expenditure (1.5 hours)

Accurately estimating and monitoring food intake and energy expenditure is crucial for successful weight loss and obesity management. This session will teach you practical skills for tracking food intake and energy expenditure. We'll discuss using digital food-tracking apps, continuous glucose monitoring, and other relevant technologies to support your clients in achieving their weight loss goals. Learn how to leverage technology to enhance your clients' journey.

Putting It All Together: Case Study Examples (1.5 hours)

In the final session of SLIMtalks, we will bring it all together with real-life case study examples. This session will demonstrate how all the information learned in the course can be combined to create effective weight loss and obesity management strategies. You'll be able to apply your knowledge to hypothetical scenarios, refining your problem-solving skills and ensuring you're well-prepared to tackle complex cases.

Now that we've highlighted the key topics covered in the SLIMtalks course let's dive into some commonly asked questions:


Q: Is this course suitable for nutritionists at all levels of experience?

Absolutely! SLIMtalks is designed to cater to nutritionists at various levels of experience. Whether you're a seasoned professional looking to update your knowledge or a newly certified nutritionist seeking to expand your expertise, this course will provide valuable insights and the latest research in weight loss and obesity management.

Q: Will I receive continuing education credits for completing this course?

Yes, SLIMtalks is designed to meet the requirements for 15 hours of continuous professional development (CPD) education for nutritional therapy practitioners. 

Q: Are the course materials accessible online?

Yes, all course materials will be accessible online through our learning platform. You'll have 24/7 access to the course content, allowing you to learn at your own pace and revisit the materials whenever needed.

Q: Will there be opportunities for interactive discussions and networking with fellow nutritionists?

Yes, SLIMtalks encourages collaboration and interaction among participants. We have a dedicated discussion forum where you can engage with fellow nutritionists, share insights, ask questions, and foster community.

Q: Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in this course?

There are no specific prerequisites for enrolling in SLIMtalks. However, foundational nutrition knowledge and a passion for weight loss and obesity management will enhance your learning experience.

Q: What happens if I cannot attend one of the live sessions?

When the course begins, you’ll be provided access to an online virtual learning portal to watch the lectures on-demand at your own pace. You can also refresh your understanding of any topics covered in classes you attend live by watching the recordings again as many times as you like throughout the course.

Q: Can I access the course materials after completing the program?

Upon completing the course, you will have continued access to the course materials for a specified period. This will allow you to revisit the content, refresh your knowledge, and access any updates or additions made to the course.


SLIMtalks is your comprehensive guide to the latest nutrition research on weight loss and obesity management. This 10-part course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to provide evidence-based recommendations to your clients. From understanding the science of obesity to exploring macronutrients, dietary patterns, lifestyle factors, and more, SLIMtalks covers it. Join us on this educational journey and elevate your expertise in weight loss and obesity management.


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