Why are we failing on our weight loss attempts, long-term and what can we do to increase our chance of success?

Despite the hype associated with diets, fewer than 5% succeed on their weight loss journey long-term.

How often have you heard someone say: ‘It’s easy – you need to eat less and move more!’ This piece of advice dates back as far as Hippocrates in the fourth century BC, and not much has changed since. Diets are based on this very foundation and despite their different approaches, they are all essentially the same. They set a caloric restriction and develop a set of arbitrary rules to create a fear of certain foods, to ensure you consume less. But whenever you restrict the number of calories you eat, powerful biological forces come into play to fight the resulting weight loss. 

This one-hour webinar will cover:
•  The ‘set point’
•  Regulation of our body weight
•  Physiological adaptations following weight loss
•  Strategies for long-term weight management

What are the key points you will take away after attending?
• Key drivers of the obesity epidemic
• The reasons we fail on our dieting attempts
• The effect of weight loss on an individual’s metabolism, appetite hormone signalling system, thyroid and adrenal gland function
•  How to overcome the body’s usual response to weight loss


Dr Nick Fuller
The University of Sydney

Dr Nick Fuller is a leading obesity researcher and is based at the Boden Collaboration, Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney. Dr Fuller has investigated a broad range of treatments, including dietary and exercise programs, appetite suppressants, commercial programs, complementary and conventional medicines, medical devices, and weight-loss surgery. He holds a doctorate on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of different obesity weight-loss treatments, as well as degrees in exercise physiology, nutrition, and diets. Dr Fuller has worked in both corporate and academic positions and has worked at the University of Sydney for 12 years. 

Dr Elizabeth Cayanan
Lecturer, The University of Sydney

Dr Elizabeth Cayanan is an accredited Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist and is also a clinical research fellow in the Sleep and Circadian Research group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, supported by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence, NeuroSLEEP. Her clinical research fellowship focuses on implementing clinical nutritional and exercise physiology pathways for patients with sleep and circadian disorders. She was awarded a rapid translational grant from the Medical Research Future Fund to test the implementation of a comprehensive weight loss lifestyle programme she developed in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Dr Cayanan completed her PhD in the field of obstructive sleep apnoea and obesity management at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, the University of Sydney. She has led weight loss intervention programmes for overweight and obese patients with obstructive sleep apnoea, PCOS, diabetes and other chronic conditions in both clinical and research settings and has extensive experience working in multidisciplinary teams.

This webinar is free for ASA members and open to non-members for a registration fee of $45. To register you will need to log in with your member details, or create an account on this website if you're not a member.

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Enquiries about this webinar should be directed to Asha Mohabir.

Date: Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Time: 6:00pm - NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT and TAS
           5:30pm - SA and NT
           4:00pm - WA
           8:00pm - NZ

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