PK204: The Science and Practice of Weight Loss

Scientific and Sustainable Weight Loss

In this online course you'll explore the science and practice behind weight loss, including:

  • Obesity epidemiology and what causes weight issues
  • The biology of energy balance diving into calories, food reward and food addiction
  • Weight loss prescriptions and weight loss in practice. Hear from a practicing GP and gain a better understanding of how to address weight loss for yourself and/or your patients
  • Dietary approaches to weight loss
  • The case for healthy at every size (HAES)
  • Weight loss maintenance and regain
  • Weight loss across the lifespan, from childhood to older adult
  • Medical aspects of weight loss, including medications, interventions and primary care

We will arm you with the confidence, knowledge and key practice techniques you need. Learn how to prescribe sustainable weight loss programmes to patients to help them achieve long lasting results.

Are you ready to truly make a difference to the health outcomes of your patients or clients?

Your course leaders, Prof Grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn

Your Instructors

Dr Caryn Zinn

Caryn is an NZ Registered Dietitian and academic at AUT University. She has over 20 years of consulting experience as a dietitian and is the managing director of her nutrition and lifestyle consultancy practice.

Professor Grant Schofield

Grant is the Director of The Centre for Human Potential at AUT University and has all the boxes ticked in a high-achieving academic career.

Dr Catherine Crofts

Catherine has more than 20 years’ experience as a clinical pharmacist. She recently completed her PhD in the early diagnosis of metabolic disease focusing on lifestyle management. She lectures in Pharmacology at Auckland University of Technology.

Dr Glen Davies

Dr Glen Davies is a General Practitioner who focuses on offering solutions that get to the root cause of his patients chronic illness.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should do this course?
Medical doctors, registered Nurses, Dietitians, Nutritionists, PreKure-trained Health Coaches. Allied Health Professionals.
However, this course is also perfect if you are looking to up-skill yourself in the science of weight-loss for your own or your family's benefit.
Do be aware that it is an advanced course. We recommend having completed PK102: Nutrition as Medicine first.
What are the benefits of doing the course?
Professional training in the science and practice of weight-loss. Get the practical techniques and resources you need to help manage weight. Maintain a high level of scientific rigour and credibility in your practice.
Is this a CME endorsed course by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGPs)?
We are in the process of gaining endorsement. As our other advanced courses have been accepted for CME points by the RNZCGP, we hope this course is too.
I am a Nurse, Physio or Pharmacist - does this course count towards my CPD credits?
Yes, it counts as 15 hours.
How long will it take to complete?
The course takes approximately 12-15 hours. It consists of 5 x approximately 90-minute modules, with each module requiring a further 90 minutes of reading and/or reflective practice.
Do I have to be a medical professional to do this course?
No. You can enrol in this course if you are not a medical professional or a PreKure-trained Health Coach. However, we highly recommend having completed PK102: Nutrition as Medicine as a prerequisite. This course is perfect if you are looking to up-skill yourself in the science and practice of weight-loss for your own or your family's benefit.
How do I know this course is credible and contains correct information?
The course is scientifically-based, with full academic references provided for all materials. It is taught by registered dietitian Dr Caryn Zinn, Professor of Public Health Grant Schofield, Pharmacist Dr Catherine Crofts and practising GP and fellow of the RNZCGPs, Dr Glen Davies.
When does the course start and finish?
The course opens on the day you enrolled and you must complete it within two months. This is easily achievable.
What other advanced courses does PreKure have?
Currently, we have released:
PK201: The Therapeutic Benefits of Keto & Low Carb Nutrition
PK202: The Practice of Low Carb & Keto Nutrition
PK203: Fasting - The Science & Practice
PK204: Weight Loss - The Science & Practice
PreKure will be releasing several new advanced-level courses in 2020, including:
PK205: Public Health Nutrition and
PK206: Gut Health, Allergies and Diet
Is this a CME endorsed course by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGPs)?
Our courses have been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and have been approved for CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

The roots of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease are firmly embedded in the food environment.

- Dr Aseem Malhorta, Cardiologist, best selling author, researcher, and Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine.

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