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SCI 45 — New Year, New Metabolism

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Feb 4—Mar 11
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Feb 6
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $415
Instructor(s): Clyde Wilson
Limit: 80
Status: Open
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Feb 4—Mar 11
6 weeks
Drop By
Feb 6
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Clyde Wilson
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Metabolism, or the rate at which your body burns calories, is directly related to health, fitness, and weight loss. A low metabolism can make it harder to achieve all three. Nutrition, movement (including exercise), sleep, and stress all have an impact on your metabolism, and research provides us with substantial guidance on how to manage these to our benefit. In this course, we will begin with the theory and application of the core components of exercise (cardiovascular, interval, and strengthening) plus the “three Ws” of nutrition (what to eat, when to eat, and water). We will then discuss how to coordinate exercise and nutrition so that they are mutually supportive, avoiding the potential irony of exercise actually reducing your health, performance, or ability to lose weight. The course will also examine how exercise and nutrition interact with stress hormones and sleep, since these aspects of our lives are critically dependent on each other. Through weekly homework assignments, each student will develop a comprehensive personal plan for rejuvenating their metabolism from the ground up. This course is geared toward anyone who wonders why their exercise has hit a plateau, why they can’t lose weight in spite of exercising more and eating fewer calories, or why some aspects of their metabolic health have worsened even as they try to improve them.

No scientific background is required; however, this course is based on in-depth examination of scientific findings, with homework focused on their application.

Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco

Clyde Wilson has taught kinesiology in Stanford Human Biology, nutrition and human movement in Stanford’s Department of Athletics, and food pharmacology in the Stanford and UCSF medical schools for more than ten years. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford and researches metabolic regulation at UCSF.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.