Nondiet Weight Management - FIT97

Nondiet Weight Management

by Linda Omichinski, RD
(4.1 / 70 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (0.70 CEU)

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Essential for working with chronic dieters. Based on the highly successful HUGSTM plan, this course provides practical strategies and techniques for breaking the diet failure cycle and achieving lasting fitness and health. This new edition includes two new chapters explaining the Health At Every Size (HAES) philosophy and offering new strategies for building momentum and support for the author's acclaimed nondiet approach to food, exercise, self-image, and lifestyle. Offers practitioners a way to help clients develop nourishing eating and activity patterns, rather than focusing on weight or appearance. Linda Omichinski is the author of the acclaimed book You Count, Calories Don't.


This course will be discontinued on April 30, 2017, because a new version of it (FIT198 A Nondiet Approach to Health and Wellness) is now available.
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
  • Explain why dieting may fail to produce long-term weight loss.
  • Define "diet mentality" and identify three consequences of this belief.
  • List four ways studies that link obesity to health problems may be flawed.
  • Explain why weight loss may not be an indicator of improved health.
  • Describe how repeated attempts at weight loss through dieting can increase risk of physical and mental health problems.
  • List 10 alternative goals to weight loss as indicators of improved health.
  • Describe how the nondiet approach can be employed in therapeutic and lifestyle situations.
  • Identify five influences on body image and provide six suggestions for
  • improving body image.
  • List five consequences of weight preoccupation.
  • Name and describe three basic body types.
  • Explain the role of carbohydrate and protein in appetite control.
  • Define the glycemic index and list six factors that affect glycemic response.
  • Explain how attempts to restrict high-fat foods may backfire.
  • List 10 possible indicators of rigid fat restriction.
  • List five indicators of an acquired taste for lower-fat foods.
  • Describe six methods of making gradual changes in food purchasing and  preparation.
  • Contrast diet and nondiet approaches to portion control.
  • Explain how sensitivity to hunger, appetite and satiety signals can be
  • enhanced. Explain how dieting may influence cue sensitivity.
  • List 15 reasons — other than hunger — for eating.
  • Explain the role of fluids in the body, and list three ways fluids can be
  • misused by dieters.
  • List five signs of dehydration.
  • Explain how clients can acquire a taste for less-sweet foods and fluids.
  • List six symptoms of exercise addiction.
  • Name and refute three myths about exercise.
  • List 11 indicators of lifestyle shift other than weight loss.
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Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Fitness professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.7 ACE CEC.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Committee as an approved provider of continuing education (provider #A1074). This course is approved for 0.7 CEU of continuing education for the CSCS & NSCA-CPT.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Nutrition Dimension meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2010 to 2013 (provider #681205). ACSM’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2019 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 7.0 ACSM CECs. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

Course Originally Released on: 8/4/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/28/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/30/2017

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Jessica F - Bloomington, IL  ·  Feb 13, 2017
It was informative and helpful.
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RENEE S - Plano, TX  ·  Dec 17, 2016
Excellent alternative approach to traditional weight management.
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Cynthia F - Columbia, SC  ·  Sep 13, 2016
Good Course to read and share information with others
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Stephanie G - ,  ·  Jan 12, 2016
I appreciate the facts to back up why diets don't work and may be more harmful than good, but the focus on other metrics to measure success was the most valuable aspect.
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Carissa A - Pigeon Forge, TN  ·  Dec 19, 2015
Positive course for lifestyle management and for health coaches.
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