Take a sneak peek at our seven new online nutrition courses

24 August 2020 FIAFitnation
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Want to refine your own eating patterns or thinking about a career change?

We’ve just launched seven new online nutrition short courses designed for those interested in deepening their nutrition knowledge or dipping their toes in the water before embarking on further nutrition study.

If you’re interested in helping others with their health goals, now is a good time to do it. Research just published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health indicates that some Australians are finding it hard to stick to health and fitness goals during the current COVID-19 crisis. Of those surveyed, nearly half (49%) said their physical activity has decreased since the start of the pandemic. 41% said sleep quality had worsened and 27% reported an increase in alcohol consumption (Stanton et al, 2020).

Below we delve a little deeper into our seven new short courses. Discover more about nutrition and gain a step up into the Nutrition Coach course.

Solutions for Weight Loss

Setting realistic weight loss goals can be tricky. How much is safe to lose and how quickly is okay? Our Solutions for Weight Loss course is about how to lose weight safely, for the long term and how to alter energy balance effectively. We’ll have a look at the role of diet and portion size in relation to weight management and keys to successful weight loss.

This course also investigates obesity surgery options, medications and supplements used for weight loss and the role of exercise in weight management.

Course price: $199.

Weight Loss Diets

Which diets work and which don’t? In our Weight Loss Diets course, you’ll learn all about restrictive diets and the diet cycle, commercial weight loss programs, meal delivery services, counselling and online programs and low-fat vs low carb diets for weight loss. We’ll also investigate the following diets:

  • Very low energy diet (VLED)
  • Low carbohydrate diets
  • Keto diet
  • Paleo diet
  • Atkins diet
  • Dukan diet
  • The raw food diet
  • Intermittent fasting
  • High protein, moderate carbohydrate diets
  • Zone diet
  • The CSIRO Total Wellbeing diet
  • Blood Type diet
  • Detox diets
  • Liver cleansing diet
  • Lemon detox
  • Celery juice diet
  • Grapefruit diet
  • DASH diet
  • Mediterranean diet

Course price: $199.

The Psychology of Overeating

Okay, hands up who overeats sometimes? Yes, we’ve all done it at some point, but why do we do it?

Most of us overeat on occasions, such as birthdays or a night out with friends. However, when overeating becomes an everyday occurrence, the implications on health are significant. Overeating results in excess energy intake, which must either be used up by physical expenditure or stored as fat.

Over-consuming food on an ongoing basis is a relatively new concept for humankind. In the wild, animals spend much of their days searching and hunting food, teetering on the edge of survival. Evolution has trained them to overeat whenever possible. And this makes sense, a lion in the wild doesn’t know when their next meal will come. Humans are also hardwired to overeat, however with food so readily available now, there is no “down time”; every waking hour is an opportunity to eat.

The Psychology of Overeating course explores behaviours associated with overeating, why we do it and the impact of dieting on mental health. We investigate social influences, ultra-processed foods and overeating, food marketing, the effect of body image on eating behaviour as well as body dysmorphia.

Course price: $275.

Eating Disorders

Ten percent of Australian women and eight percent of men regularly engage in some form of disordered eating behaviour (Swinbourne, 2019). And disordered eating is the most common indicator for the development of an eating disorder. Binge eating disorder is the most prevalent eating disorder, with 49 percent of all eating disorder patients having this illness.

Disordered eating refers to patterns, behaviours or relationships with food that are obsessive, irrational, or chaotic. Examples include habitual dieting, fasting or regularly skipping meals, eliminating food groups or compulsive eating accompanied by binge eating and excessive exercise or laxative abuse or purging.

Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions associated with abnormal eating patterns and can result in a range of potentially life-threatening medical complications. What is common across these conditions is an extreme concern about weight, body image and abnormal eating behaviours.

Our Eating Disorders course explores eating disorders including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Diabulimia and Binge Eating Disorder in depth. We investigate the causes and treatments for eating disorders alongside the role of social media in influencing eating behaviours.

Course price: $275.

Emotional Eating

Typically, hunger has been the only cue to eat. Now, in an environment where tasty food is abundant and inexpensive, the brain overrides hunger signals and overeating occurs. Biological mechanisms regulating appetite and satiety are no match for continual exposure to large amounts of highly appealing food.

We eat for many reasons – habitual, social, emotional comfort and biological need. Eating more than we need in social situations or when faced with difficult emotions often results in weight gain and emotional turmoil.

What are emotional eating triggers? Why do we do it? Our Emotional Eating course explores the biology of food regulation, satiety, cravings and addiction, the hormones that influence overeating and weight gain, the relationship between food and mood. We look at solutions to address emotional eating patterns by changing the food environment, controlling food cues to reduce exposure, addressing triggers, altering habits and learning alternative ways to deal with emotions and stress.

Course price: $275.

Future Trends in Food and Nutrition

What will we be eating in 10 years’ time? It’s likely there’ll be a specific diet designed for you based on your genetic makeup. The relationship between our genes and food is an area of intense scientific interest. Soon, it may be possible to accurately tailor a diet to each individual, taking into consideration their genetics. Already, scientists have linked specific genes to obesity risk, sugar seeking behaviour and caffeine metabolism.

Our Future Trends in Food and Nutrition course discuss how genes influence the way humans metabolise certain foods and how foods can alter gene expression (nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics). Other innovations in food technology such as 3D printed food are also explored.

Course price: $275.

Digital and Social Media for Fitness and Nutrition Professionals

Of course, social media is a key aspect of running a successful business, but how can you maximise its power? Digital and Social Media for Fitness and Nutrition Professionals is about using digital and social media as a marketing and client communication tool. You’ll learn how to develop a seven-step social media plan and optimise the use of digital marketing to engage clients.

You’ll learn all about how to evaluate your target market and their preferred communication methods, how to use a variety of social media platforms for business including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, how to develop social media including videos, podcasts and blogs.

We’ll also cover website essentials, how to optimise visits, plus food styling and recipe development ideas.

All these new short courses provide credit into our popular Nutrition Coach course.

Course price: $199.


Healthdirect (2018). Types of eating disorders
Stanton, R.; To, Q.G.; Khalesi, S.; Williams, S.L.; Alley, S.J.; Thwaite, T.L.; Fenning, A.S.; Vandelanotte, C. (2020) Depression, Anxiety and Stress during COVID-19: Associations with Changes in Physical Activity, Sleep, Tobacco and Alcohol Use in Australian Adults.  Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 17, 4065.
Swinbourne, J. (2019). Boden Obesity Management workshop.



When you study with FIAFitnation, you know that you’re receiving the highest quality of fitness education to maximise your career opportunities. From a gym or floor instructor at our Certificate III entry level to a Specialised Exercise Trainer at a diploma level, FIAFitnation can assist your learning outcomes and career objectives by providing exceptional educational pathways to maximise your impact within the fitness industry.

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