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SCI 38 — Nutrition for Healthy Weight Loss

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jun 29—Aug 17
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 12
Units: 2
Tuition: $445
Instructor(s): Clyde Wilson
Limit: 80
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on July 27
On-campus course
6:30—9:00 pm
Jun 29—Aug 17
7 weeks
Drop By
Jul 12
2 Units
Clyde Wilson
Please Note: No class on July 27
A recent analysis of all the research on weight loss done to date, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that those with an “ideal weight” do not live as long as those who are a bit overweight. Furthermore, the National Health Interview Survey shows that those with a low body weight have as great a mortality risk as the morbidly obese. The research makes it clear that reducing body fat does not necessarily mean improved health. This course will address that conundrum. Our focus will be on eating for greater health and metabolic rate with body-fat reduction as a natural consequence, instead of the other way around, where focusing on weight loss might come at the expense of health. Structuring a successful eating program requires four main steps: (1) putting each individual’s food likes and dislikes at the very center of their personal program; (2) making body fat available as fuel for lean tissue, which means reducing the digestion rate of processed carbohydrates; (3) eating in a way that drives the engine in our body, particularly our muscles; and (4) creating a meal plan from these concepts to put our preferences into a systematic framework. The scientific data gives us a common starting point, but applying it to our lives takes each of us on an individual and unique journey to success.

This course may not be taken for a Letter Grade.

Clyde Wilson, Research Associate, Biochemistry, UCSF

Clyde Wilson’s research targets a theoretical understanding of human quality of life. He has taught 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 is a director at the Sports Medicine Institute, a nonprofit in Palo Alto. 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.