Popular Weight-Loss Programs and Products - RD31

Popular Weight-Loss Programs and Products

Can They Promote Weight Loss and Sustainable Weight-Loss Maintenance?

by Sonja Goedkoop, MSPH, RD, LDN
(4.4 / 124 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (2.00 CPEU)

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


What do you tell clients when they ask you about the latest weight-loss product or plan? How do you evaluate these items? Are they safe? New weight-loss programs, products and supplements continuously hit the marketplace. It is important for healthcare professionals to provide knowledgeable, professional advice on the selection and use of these products. This course describes key guidelines for evaluating weight-loss programs and plans. It presents pertinent information on popular programs, non-profit support programs, meal replacement products and OTC diet aids. It identifies useful resources necessary for the well-informed healthcare professional to vet what promises to be an endless supply of new products introduced into the marketplace.


The goal of this weight-loss program continuing education course is to provide registered dietitian nutritionists, health educators, and pharmacists with useful, general guidelines for evaluating weight-loss programs, books and products. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the nine key questions important for evaluating weight-loss programs, books and products
  • Respond knowledgeably to client inquiries concerning popular commercial weight-loss plans and products
  • Identify resources for accessing current and accurate information to evaluate the latest weight-loss programs, products and books

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, and pharmacists.
Dietitians: 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 ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 4000, 4040, 4090, 5000, 5370 and performance indicators of 8.2.1,8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.3.1, 8.3.6, 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.2.7.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/16/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/10/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/10/2019

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.


For Florida professionals:

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Peggy M - Peachtree Corners, GA  ·  Apr 20, 2019
Very good course, thank you! It was great to have so much information about these programs, etc in one place to be able to compare them carefully.
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Julie O - Parker, CO  ·  Jan 10, 2019
Up to date info and pertinent to todays concerns
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JANE R - Annapolis, MD  ·  Jul 30, 2018
good overview of diets, supplements
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Brian B - Savannah, TX  ·  May 21, 2018
The course was very helpful in detailing the approach of the different commercial diet plans. It was also helpful to see the different diet products and supplements and the lack of research supporting them.
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Ginger A - Olive Branch, MS  ·  May 21, 2018
I really enjoyed this review.
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50