Why And How Do We Put On Weight? – Discovery UK

Our body likes to keep things in balance and there is little doubt that regulation of bodyweight occurs, albeit with varying degrees of precision! Being overweight or obese is often considered to result from the failure of homeostatic mechanisms that regulate body weight during exposure to an environment that favours overeating and or discourages physical activity.

It is also important to emphasise that a fluctuating body weight is the general rule, even in adults who apparently maintain a stable body weight over months, years and decades, there is in reality no absolute constancy of bodyweight.  Instead, body weight tends to fluctuate or oscillate around a mean constant value, with small to large deviations from a ‘set’ or ‘preferred’ value. This is triggered by events that are seasonal and or cultural (weekends, holidays etc), psychological (stress, depression, anxiety or emotions) and pathological (ranging from minor health perturbations to more serious disease states).

Set point theory

The set point theory;  fat cells have a form of homeostatic control over body weight, is perhaps the most plausible explanation for long-term body stores. Set point theory states that each of us has a genetically pre-programmed set weight point that our bodies would prefer to maintain under normal circumstances. A hormone called leptin which is our natural appetite suppressant  is produced in the adipocyte and is responsible for appetite and bodyweight control.  As fat cells become full they increase production of leptin which leads to a reduction in appetite.  However most people don’t respond to appetite that well but instead are susceptible to marketing, ubiquitous snacks and the social and environmental pressures that make us all eat more than we should.  Chronic overeating will lead to a situation of leptin resistance at which point, hunger is always present.  This is part of the vicious cycle of weight gain that is not fully understood.

The existence of this set point explains why most diets don’t work – they are too short term in their approach to changing weight and simply lead to a temporary shrinking of the fat cell which leads to adiposity rebound. While the obese individual can fight off the impulse to eat for a time (lower levels of leptin), eventually the signal becomes too strong to ignore. The result is rebound overeating with individuals often exceeding their previous weight.

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Affordable Training Options with Discovery Learning

Discovery Learning is committed to providing affordable, flexible and high quality personal and fitness training. You can now spread your payments over 12 months to make it easier for you to train while you work.

If you would like to set up monthly payments, please email info@discovery.uk.com.

Please Note: If your course is over £750 and you choose to pay in installments, you will be subject to a £10 credit check that you will need to pay for in advance.

In order for us to perform this quickly and efficiently we will need the following information alongside your enrolment form:

Proof of identity
– Driving licence or
– Passport

Proof of address
– Bank statement or
– Credit card statement or
– Utility bill.

Please include details of former residency if you have been at your current address less than three years . Please include any details of previous names.

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Is Functional Training More Effective? – Discovery UK

Functional Training is a method of strength and fitness conditioning that has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. As Functional Training experts promote this new method as the most natural form of physical exercise that can be carried out in the gym, let’s consider the benefits of this system compared to traditional gym training – is Functional Training more effective?

Functional Training 101

If you’re not familiar with the ins and outs of Functional Training, here it is in a nutshell:

  • Functional Training uses movements similar to those that we use in daily life, as opposed to the rigid and sometimes unnatural positions demanded of us by gym equipment
  • Functional Training can be adapted to the needs of each individual client. If a client uses his or her upper body a lot in the course of working for example, upper body exercises which mimic the movements involved in working can be used to strengthen the muscles involved.

Functional Training avoids the use of traditional gym equipment, opting for equipment like Swiss balls, medicine balls, cable machine, kettlebells and other apparatus which is meant to be more natural to handle and less strenuous on the hands and joints than traditional gym equipment.

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Is Functional Training More Effective?

Whatever your thoughts on Functional Training, it has to be admitted that training the body in a natural way provides several benefits, including flexibility and less chance of injury. A balanced approach would involve blending traditional training and Functional Training in a weekly workout, to benefit from the advantages of both systems.

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Level 3 GP & Exercise Referral Diploma – Discovery UK

This level 3 GP and Exercise Referral Diploma provides the key skills and knowledge to establish you in the field of Exercise Referral and is particularly aimed at Advanced Instructors and Personal Trainers seeking to work with special populations in both preventative and rehabilitative exercise therapies. This stimulating GP and Exercise Referral Course will challenge you and widen your knowledge and understanding of the health promoting benefits of physical activity. The course will introduce you to a wide range of chronic and lifestlye diseases, their aetiology and pathophysiology (cause and development) and approaches for successful intervention.  Focusing on the signs, symptoms and basic pathology of specific stable conditions; the implications and effects of specific medications relating to those conditions; How to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate a safe, effective and progressive adapted physical activity programme, personalised to individual client’s needs and lifestyle.

Exercise Referral Diploma Content:

During the GP and Exercise Referral course you will learn the Exercise Referral Scheme and the role of the Department of Health and National Health Service; how to promote physical activity and health; Behaviour Change and Management, Health and lifestyle screening and Fitness Testing, How to plan, deliver and evaluate an exercise prescription; how to rehabilitate people with conditions such as; Orthopaedic diseases arthritis and osteoporosis; Cardiovascular diseases such as Hypertension and Coronary Heart Disease; Metabolic diseases such as Diabetes; Pulmonary diseases such as Asthma; Raised cholesterol and obesity, and many other common conditions.

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Emergency First Aid at Work Qualification – Discovery Learning

This course is run in partnership with Coaching & Personal Training Solutions.

Emergency First Aid at Work Learning outcomes:
  • What you can do, and what would be expected of you as a first aider.
  • Provide knowledge to assist when confronted by any of the following.
  • How to carry out Primary and Secondary Assessment.
  • Resuscitation (C.P.R.)
  • Medical conditions (inc. Choking, Shock, Heart conditions, Bleeding, Epilepsy, Strains/ Sprains, Asthma and Heat/ Cold)
Emergency First Aid at Work Pre-requisites:
  • None
  • This course is designed for all professionals involved in the fitness industry, including self employed, gym instructors, personal trainers and aerobics instructors.
Emergency First Aid at Work Practical Elements:
  • Rolling Casualty from face down to Face up
  • Recovery Position
  • Casualty Vomiting (Log Role)
  • Adult, Child CPR
  • Problems with CPR (Barriers)
  • First Aid Box
  • Bleeding (Bandages)
  • Shock, Heart Attack,Stroke,Head injuries
  • Fractures (Bandages)
  • Epilepsy and Asthma
  • Burns,Sprains and Strains
  • Adult, Child and  choking
Emergency First Aid at Work Assessment:

There is no formative assessment, however learners will be constantly assessed throughout the day through practice and questioning.

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Sports Nutrition Course at Discovery UK

If you are a sports coach or physical trainer then this course you will find to be indispensable. If you are an Instructor or Personal Trainer wishing to expand your expertise or to specialise in sports nutrition, then this short course could be exactly what you are looking for. This unique REPs accredited level 2 Sports Nutrition Course is designed to offer you the most practical and effective approach to working with your clients to enhance their sports performance through improved and targeted apporaches to nutrition.
Understanding the rudiments of Sports Nutrition is essential for PT’s in order that they can achieve optimum results for their clients.  This REP’s certificate will also allow personal trainers and sports coaches to expand their client base and branch out into working with sports clubs and recreational athletes that are outside of their normal range of expertise. The course is not highly theoretical and has been put together by nutritionists working with experienced sports coaches to deliver a highly practical and realistic approach for the Personal Trainer and Sports Coach.

This REPs Sports Nutrition course is essential for any sports coach or PT working with clients to improve Personal Bests or general performance, particularly for those clients that have hit a ceiling in terms of their strength and endurance exercise or skill based training.  With the practical skills and knowledge provided you will be able to move their performance forward both during their training and on competition day, and the structure and approach that you will deploy will be straight forward and highly manageable for the client.  Why not call now to speak to a tutor to learn more about this course.  Call 020 8543 1017 and ask for one of the Sports Nutrition Tutors to give you a call.

Sports Nutrition Course Content:
  • Short theoretical introduction
  • The main energy systems, phosphagen, anaerobic and aerobic
  • Energy production and storage
  • Fuel and substrate utilisation

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Business and Marketing course for the Fitness Professional – Discovery UK

REP’s Business and Marketing for the Fitness Professional Course Overview

This course will provide you with business critical skills and knowledge to build your commercial enterprise into a highly profitable and professional business. The course is an up to the minute crash course in successful commerce and has been written and researched by the Director of Discovery Learning Alan Jackson. Alan has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and has spent 20 years in Health and Fitness Management working at a senior level for both private and public enterprise, and more recently has built up Discovery Learning and Weight Management Centre from a one man operation started 10 years ago to a company with an annual turnover of £2.5m.

This business course is not like any other out there.  You will be learning from those that have done it and have the scars to prove it. The course author wrote: “All of the things that I would have dearly loved to have known 12 years ago when I set out I have brought to this course. All my mistakes (of which there are plenty) and all the things I could have done better if only I knew are all included.” All that I have learned and continue to learn as a Director I have incorporated and I believe this course is an absolute must for all potential new business owners and managers working in our industry.”

The course is also co-presented by one of the UK’s most successful new Personal Trainers, who trained with Discovery and now runs his own growing empire of personal training clients and PT’s.  Don’t settle for any other business course, take it from those that really know, and you won’t regret it.

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