Skip main navigation
We use cookies to give you a better experience, if that’s ok you can close this message and carry on browsing. For more info read our cookies policy.
We use cookies to give you a better experience. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or read our cookies policy for more information.

Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsHELEN TRUBY: We've been talking about how to engage people in weight loss. And that weight has often crept on over a number of years-- maybe one or two kilos a year. And then by the time people get to their late 40s, early 50s, some of the metabolic consequences of actually holding that excess weight are starting to appear. Obviously people want to lose weight as quickly as possible. And it can be useful just to think about weight loss in terms of its energy content or energy density. And here's a couple of ideas about how you might explain that to your patients.

Skip to 0 minutes and 37 secondsTo try and get someone to lose a pound or half a kilo a week is probably a realistic target for most people, which means that you would need to get an energy deficit of about 500 kilocalories or 2,000 kilojoules a day. If we think about that in terms of food, you could say that that's something like a full-fat latte and a couple of biscuits, a can of sweet drink or juice. That would actually be equivalent of approximately the energy that they would have to reduce every day in order to lose half a kilo during that week. Doesn't look like a lot-- an achievable amount.

Skip to 1 minute and 14 secondsAnother way of looking at it if you've got someone who's drinking-- a couple of pints of beer less a day. A couple of large glasses of wine are also equivalent of that in terms of energy. So good ways of giving people tips about small changes that might actually impact on their weight. And finally, a product that we all eat so easily, which, because they're so tasty, is, of course, crisps-- or chips, as we would call them. And a packet of chips about this size-- again, about that same amount of energy. So not snacking and using these kinds of products actually enables your patients to think about, OK, if I didn't have that, I'd save myself all those calories or kilojoules.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 secondsAnd that would be a bit of a goal for them to aim towards to try and get that steady weight loss that we would try and achieve over the period of time.

Energy

Watch Helen talk about the role that energy consumption plays in weight loss.

Talking point

In the video, Helen discusses the role that energy content and energy density plays in weight loss and how you could communicate those concepts to your patients.

Besides energy, what other influences do you think contribute to a person’s weight?

Within the Comments, share with other learners your thoughts on the other influences.

Don’t forget to contribute to the discussion by reviewing the comments made by other learners, making sure you provide constructive feedback and commentary. Remember you can also ‘like’ comments or follow other learners throughout the course.

Managing comments

Comments on a step can be ‘filtered’ which helps you access them in a way that’s best for you. You can do this by selecting comments by ‘All comments’, ‘Bookmarked’, ‘Your comments’ or ‘Following’ from the drop-down menu in the comments section of the step. You can can also sort by ‘Newest’, ‘Oldest’ or ‘Most liked’.

You can also bookmark comments to remind yourself of certain contributions that you might wish to refer back to at a later stage.

Mentioning other learners

When replying to a comment, you can also mention other learners that are taking part in the comment thread. You can do this by entering the learner’s profile name as part of your reply. For example, @User3320607 That’s an excellent description! @User4499578 What do you think?

Please note, you can only mention others who are in the thread and cannot use the mention functionality in stand alone comments.


Share this video:

This video is from the free online course:

Food as Medicine: Talking about Weight

Monash University

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join:

Contact FutureLearn for Support