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Disciplines: Dietetics
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Leslie Bruhl Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Angela Dobrzykowski, MS, RD, CSP, LDN
  • Janet Feinstein, RD, LD, CNSC
  • Julie Kaye, RD
Item#: F5219
Contents: 1 Course Book (44 pages)

The Role of Macronutrient Content in the Diet for Weight Management

Price $39.95
Item # F5219
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: July 17, 2017

Expiration Date: June 1, 2020

The search for the perfect diet continues as the annual revenue for the weight loss industry soars. The idea that one specific weight loss plan will be the best for long term success has driven dieters to try multiple diets. This idea has also driven the weight loss industry to continue to promote the “next big thing.”  This course examines the history and effectiveness of popular diets by comparing research studies that test the diets’ effectiveness for weight loss, weight maintenance, and improvement of cholesterol levels and glycemic control from the perspective of their macronutrient compositions. The diets discussed are: low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, low-fat, low glycemic-index, high-protein, Mediterranean, and balanced-deficit. Also discussed are commercial weight loss programs.


This self-study activity has been pre-approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for 2 CPEU hours, Level 2.

Course Objectives

  • Identify strategies of popular weight loss plans.
  • Compare the effectiveness of popular weight loss plans.
  • Identify markers of success in weight loss plans.


Leslie Bruhl Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES, is a registered dietitian who acts as the program director for the dietetic internship at North Oaks Medical Center and as the dietetics planner for Western Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in dietetics and a master’s degree in health studies from Southeastern Louisiana University. Leslie maintains a license as a registered dietitian and as a certified health education specialist. She is also a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and maintains registration as a certified specialist in sports dietetics through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.