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Fad Diets and Food Trends: What’s Appropriate and What Needs to End

presented by Leslie Bonci, MPH, RDN, CSSD, LDN, FAND

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Financial: Leslie Bonci is an ambassador for the National Dairy Council, on the advisory board of Klean Athlete, and a spokesperson for the California Prune Board. Leslie Bonci receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Nonfinancial: Leslie Bonci is an ambassador for the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

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Video Runtime: 52 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 39 Minutes

With body dissatisfaction at an all-time high and rates of obesity and chronic disease rising, consumers are overwhelmed, confused, and desperate to try diets and supplements that promise weight loss. However, many of the fad diets that encourage elimination without justification may have short- and long-term health consequences. Nutrition recommendations for losing weight must also preserve lean mass, decrease fat mass, and optimize health. To resonate and educate, strategies must be sustainable, inclusive, realistic, and affordable.

Meet Your Instructor

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RDN, CSSD, LDN, FAND

Leslie Bonci is a registered dietitian; a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics; the owner of Active Eating Advice (Be fit, fed and fearless!), a nutrition consulting company; and a cofounder of Performance 365, a sports nutrition consulting company. She is currently the sports nutrition consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs (the 2020 Super Bowl champions)…

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1. The Physiological and Psychological Regulation of Food Intake

Current popular opinion is that weight loss is simply calories in versus calories out. This chapter highlights the complex regulatory mechanisms involved in food intake. Weight bias and food insecurity issues, which also impact food intake and body composition management, will be discussed.

2. Food Trends: How Current Trends and Dietary Practices Influence Dieting Choices and Behaviors

This chapter outlines concepts including food profiling, portion control, and the consumer’s perception of what is important in their dietary choices. Understanding consumer beliefs is critical in recommending dietary options for body composition goals.

3. Popular Dietary Strategies for Weight Loss and Their Modes of Action

This chapter explores popular dietary strategies and their modes of action. Although the names of the diets will change over time, the macronutrient profiles outline the types of weight loss diets and the physiology of weight loss.

4. How to Help Clients Meet Their Body Composition Goals

Dietary supplements can be a help or a hindrance to assisting clients in meeting their body composition goals. This chapter will discuss the most popular supplements focusing on lean mass gain or body fat loss.

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