SCI 45 — New Year, New Metabolism
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jan 25—Mar 7
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 27
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Clyde Wilson
Class Recording Available: No
6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Jan 25—Mar 7
No letter grade
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 “three Ws” of nutrition (what to eat, when to eat, and water) and the core components of movement and exercise (cardiovascular, interval, and strengthening). 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 has taught movement and nutrition courses at Stanford for over 20 years, including kinesiology in the Department of Human Biology, nutrition and exercise theory in the Department of Athletics, food pharmacology in both the Stanford and UCSF medical schools, and metabolism in Stanford Medicine's Health and Human Performance program. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford and researches metabolism at UCSF.
Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.