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SCI 45 — New Year, New Metabolism

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 16—Mar 20
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 29
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $615
Instructor(s): Clyde Wilson
Limit: 80
Status: Open
6:30—9:00 pm
Jan 16—Mar 20
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 29
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Clyde Wilson
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 and exercise, sleep, and stress all have an impact on your metabolism, and research provides us substantial guidance on how to manage this impact 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 you eat, when you eat, and water). We will then discuss the fundamental concepts of how to adjust exercise and nutrition to raise metabolism, guiding you in designing and coordinating exercise and nutrition so that they are mutually supportive. This avoids the potential irony of exercise actually reducing your health, performance, or ability to lose weight. The course will also examine how exercise and nutrition impact 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 health have worsened even as they try to improve them.

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

Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco

Clyde Wilson has taught courses in Stanford’s Department of Athletics and in the Stanford and UCSF medical schools for over ten years. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

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