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Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise

So many diets, so little time. Cut through the clutter and the chatter to get the skinny on how to get, well, skinnier, by using proven effective and healthy methods.
Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 78.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very helpful, enjoyable program I appreciate that practical information was given based on clear explanations.from data which was not over-generalized, it allowed for the imperfections in the data. It also allowed for individualized options recognizing that these studies can not apply to each person. And I like the philosophy of habit formation with simple, attainable goals as a most sustainable plan. He did a very good job.
Date published: 2022-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Common Sense Approach to Health I'm a 68 year old former Ultramarathoner (14 each) that stopped running 10+ years ago; becoming grossly out of shape. This Body Composition course has provided an outstanding common sense approach to improved health and quality of life. More importantly, it's given me an achievable approach to getting back in shape so I can enjoy running once again.....thanks!
Date published: 2021-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing Course This course propelled me out of a post-menopausal, pandemic health rut. Watch the lectures for yourself, but highlights for me are: smart/personable professor; cites lots of studies and acknowledges the male bias; "try this" gives practical solutions. My personal conclusions as 52 years old and female: accept that you need to exercise regularly for the rest of your life; the workouts should include weights in some capacity as well as high-intensity; eat better (not perfectly). Thanks, Great Courses!
Date published: 2021-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Course I learned a lot in this course. Has been a long time since I was in school and it was nice to be updated on prior information learned. Seems I did not know as much as I thought I did.
Date published: 2021-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This course give me good guidelines to understand and change the way how combine food and exercise to achieve good quality healthy ..thanks Michael for your tips ..
Date published: 2021-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There were great tips in each lesson, which I found very helpful.
Date published: 2020-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Body composition The course is very interesting. My only suggestion is that the speaker has the same tone of voice all the time and you end up falling asleep. The way he changes his position to talk to the cameras is predictable and is a distraction
Date published: 2020-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not quite what I expected Topics were well presented but I guess I already knew a lot of the basic information. And I kept falling asleep through the first 12 lectures maybe because of the heavy science and technical details. Also, I did not read the course description thoroughly enough (my fault) because I thought the lecture on supplements would be on vitamins, ubiquinol, herbs etc., stuff I was familiar with. But it was about protein supplements which I'm not interested in. I thought the course was geared more toward people who do heavy work outs or do sport competitions rather than seniors who walk a half hour a day and do exercise with light weights. It might have been nice to give examples of a few exercise routines instead of talking generally about exercise and telling us to get a personal trainer. Although a trainer might help some people. I was disappointed that the Atkins Diet was mentioned at the end but a diet of low carb / high fat was discussed. That was the old Atkins. The new Atkins is low carb, heavy on vegetables with some fat. I read a book by 2 doctors who said the Atkins diet was a fat burning machine. I already do things in small steps and follow a shopping list which were good tips. So I thought the course was informative but had too much of what I already know and not enough of tips I could use.
Date published: 2020-07-03
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From the macro to the molecular, this solid, science-based information will help you understand your own body better than you ever have. A leading expert in the field presents the latest scientific research on diet and nutrition.


Michael Ormsbee
Michael Ormsbee

The quality of our calories has as much of an impact on our body composition overall health as the total number of calories that we eat daily.


Florida State University

Dr. Michael Ormsbee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences and Interim Director of the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine in the College of Human Sciences at Florida State University. He received his B.S. in Exercise Science from Skidmore College, his M.S. in Exercise Physiology (research emphasis in Sports Nutrition) from South Dakota State University, and his Ph.D. in Bioenergetics from East Carolina University. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Dr. Ormsbee researches the interaction of exercise training, nutrition, and supplementation to achieve optimal body composition, human performance, and health in populations ranging from younger athletes to older adults. His work has been published in numerous scientific journals as well as consumer publications, and he has been featured as a nutrition and exercise expert on radio and TV.

Both his teaching and research have been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2013-2014 University Teaching Award, the Excellence in Online Course Design Award, the Excellence in Online Teaching Award, and the 2013 Transformation through Teaching Award. In 2015, he received the prestigious FSU Guardian of the Flame Award, granted to faculty members whose contributions have advanced FSU as a leading institution of higher education.

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Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise
Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise


Body Composition: Managing Our Expectations

01: Body Composition: Managing Our Expectations

Confused by so many conflicting messages about nutrition and exercise? In this course, you'll learn the latest from the field of performance nutrition, with scientific research backing up every concept presented. Clear, easy-to-understand explanations will provide all the information you need to set your personal body composition goals-and reach them....

33 min
A Healthier Way to Measure Body Composition

02: A Healthier Way to Measure Body Composition

If you want to feel, look, and perform better-whether that means lifting the grandchildren with ease or running a marathon-your weight is no way to chart your progress. Learn why your proportion of fat to muscle is a better gauge of health, and see how that ratio can be measured....

37 min
How Food Is Digested and Absorbed

03: How Food Is Digested and Absorbed

Learn about the chemical reactions involved in digestion and absorption and the mechanisms of nutrient partitioning-how nutrients are moved into specific storage areas in your body. Armed with this knowledge, you'll understand why exercise is the best way to use your food to improve body composition!...

32 min
Nutritional Needs and Cellular Function

04: Nutritional Needs and Cellular Function

What we eat affects the functionality of every microscopic process inside each of our 30 trillion cells. Learn how the nutrients absorbed from our food protect cells from damage, provide the fuel used by the mitochondria to produce energy, and continually create new cells to replace old or damaged cells....

33 min
Bioenergetics: Converting Food to Energy

05: Bioenergetics: Converting Food to Energy

Bioenergetics, the process of converting food into a usable form of energy, is directly related to overall metabolism. Learn about the chemical work of the body's three energy-producing systems, the fuel each uses, when each is activated-and how your fitness level significantly impacts your body's use of fat as a fuel source....

31 min
Carbohydrates: Composition, Storage, and Use

06: Carbohydrates: Composition, Storage, and Use

While the breakdown of carbohydrates provides the energy needed for all human functions, excess carbs can significantly disrupt good health. Exploring the complex relationship between carbs and the hormone insulin, you'll learn which carbs are best eaten at certain times of the day based on your individual total nutrition and workout schedule....

31 min
Fat: Not the Nutritional Bad Guy

07: Fat: Not the Nutritional Bad Guy

It's a common-but erroneous-belief that the amount of fat you eat is directly proportional to the amount of fat on your body. To the contrary, the latest research shows why you need to add specific fats to your diet for optimal health and to meet your body composition goals....

33 min
Protein's Critical Role in Body Composition

08: Protein's Critical Role in Body Composition

Proteins play an integral role in almost every physical aspect and function of our bodies-from hemoglobin to hair to hunger, from mitochondria to metabolism to muscles. Examine the body's use of protein at the molecular level and learn the importance of incorporating high-biological-value protein into your diet....

30 min
High-Protein Diets and Anabolic Resistance

09: High-Protein Diets and Anabolic Resistance

Are high-protein diets a harmful fad potentially leading to kidney injury? Or should we believe the marketing messages touting protein powders as beneficial for muscles and strength? Dr. Ormsbee reveals the latest scientific truth about protein: how much protein you need to maintain health, improve metabolism, and meet your body composition goals....

35 min
Critical Micronutrients and Water

10: Critical Micronutrients and Water

Learn about the life-sustaining functions provided by micronutrients-vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals-along with water. While these nutrients are critical to regulating cell processes and metabolic pathways, many of us suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, and some studies have even revealed links between deficiencies and obesity....

35 min
Food Labeling and Nutritional Choices

11: Food Labeling and Nutritional Choices

Given that most of us eat at least some processed foods-and that all calories are decidedly not created equal-nutrition labels can reveal the real impact of our food choices. Dr. Ormsbee takes the consumer step by step through the current label as a tool for identifying the most nutrient-dense products....

35 min
Nutrient Timing and Frequency

12: Nutrient Timing and Frequency

Is breakfast really "the most important meal of the day," or is that just another nutritional myth? Should you eat 6 smaller or 3 larger meals per day? Scientific studies reveal new and surprising answers. Learn how the timing and frequency of meals can help you best meet your specific goals....

33 min
Nighttime Eating

13: Nighttime Eating

Dr. Ormsbee explodes the myth that nighttime eating causes weight gain, explaining the fallacy in the myth's genesis. Numerous recent studies of both young and elderly, fit and obese individuals reveal that a small, before-bed protein snack can actually increase muscle protein synthesis and improve body composition....

27 min
Evaluating Dietary Supplements

14: Evaluating Dietary Supplements

Marketing messages from the multi-billion-dollar sports nutrition industry come at us loud and clear. But have rigorous scientific studies revealed any supplements that can safely and effectively burn fat or increase muscle mass? You might be surprised, as you consider whether or not to add these products to your diet and exercise plan....

34 min
Energy Balance and Weight Control

15: Energy Balance and Weight Control

Your body is in energy balance when your daily energy output is exactly balanced by the energy of the food you consume. In this lecture, you will learn about the caloric content of food and how to choose specific foods to help you adjust your energy balance for desired body composition....

35 min
The Caloric Cost of Exercise

16: The Caloric Cost of Exercise

While caloric expenditure above resting levels is proportional to the duration and intensity of your exercise, small changes will make a difference, too-like consistently taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The most important aspect of your exercise program is to develop a plan you can stick to!...

31 min
Exercise for Fat Loss

17: Exercise for Fat Loss

While there are an infinite number of exercise strategies to choose from, only a few are scientifically proven to help you lose body fat. New studies examining the effects of exercise at the cellular level reveal the value of adding specific types of resistance training to any long-term fitness regime....

37 min
Exercise for Healthy Muscle Mass

18: Exercise for Healthy Muscle Mass

Recent studies show that sarcopenia, the gradual loss of muscle mass as we get older, results primarily from chronic disuse and inactivity, not the aging process itself. Learn how to find a personal trainer to begin a safe and effective program to increase your muscular strength, endurance, and power-at any age....

31 min
Hormones and Body Composition

19: Hormones and Body Composition

Hormones are the chemical messengers that affect every aspect of our physiology from blood pressure to internal temperature, energy availability, and the storage (and loss) of body fat. Learn about the complex relationships between your thyroid hormones, insulin, cortisol, and catecholamines and your sex, age, and body composition....

31 min
Novel Ways to Change Body Composition

20: Novel Ways to Change Body Composition

Learn what scientific studies reveal about some outside-the-box methods for helping weight loss and improving body composition. Should you dismiss the potential impacts that artificial sweeteners, detox dieting, plate size, standing desks, sleep quantity, and environmental pollutants have on your energy intake and expenditure? You might be surprised....

30 min
Nutrition and Exercise: Special Needs

21: Nutrition and Exercise: Special Needs

Explore how vegetarians can get the protein they need without turning to animal sources, how children can be provided the optimal exercise opportunities and nutrition to address their unique needs for growth, and how appropriate nutrition and exercise can help maintain and improve the quality of life for older adults....

33 min
Set Point Theory and the Last Five Pounds

22: Set Point Theory and the Last Five Pounds

Learn how your hypothalamus works to maintain a certain preset level of body fat and weight, commonly known as the set point, and how can you influence that set point. If you feel that you've plateaued, check back with these basics to help you accomplish your personal body-composition goals....

28 min
Choosing Your Nutrition Plan

23: Choosing Your Nutrition Plan

With so many choices, committing to a particular diet plan can seem overwhelming. So start by emphasizing nutritionally dense, minimally processed foods. And remember that even one positive habit you adopt and stick with can make a positive long-term impact on your body composition and health....

30 min
Motivation to Change Your Body Composition

24: Motivation to Change Your Body Composition

Time to get started! Identify a few small changes to make to your nutrition and exercise programs, ones that seem the easiest to fit into your lifestyle. Set small, reachable goals that you're confident you can stick with-and you will be successful....

33 min