Training Light: How Training Science Can Help You Eat Smart, Lose Weight, Feel Great

Note: This video is excluded from the Back to School sale.

This Session focuses on the application of behavior-change science and clicker training principles to health and wellness.

The development of healthy habits is a struggle for many people, particularly around eating mindfully and maintaining a healthy weight. For example, losing as few as ten pounds and keeping it off is a goal shared by many people—but few succeed. In aggregate, published statistics about successful sustainable weight loss deliver a consistent if depressing message. Somewhere between 70% and 95% of people who try to lose weight and maintain the loss are not successful.

The leader of this Session was one of those statistics. For over a decade, he tried and failed to lose the 55 pounds he had gained since college. But, in 2015, he set out to lose 15% of his body weight and used a new approach. Less than 12 months later, he had hit his goal—losing more than 30 pounds, which he has kept off and is confident that he will in the future.

What changed? Much of the food and weight loss industry wants people to believe that a lack of “will power’’ is the reason for failure. But that characterization is both inaccurate and counterproductive. Blaming will power is not a science-based approach to the problem. It ignores the evidence that the only reliable method of changing habits is one that builds in the science of behavior change, and it blames the “learner” for failure.

Aaron approached his goal like a clicker trainer. He developed a program of behavior change that was customized for his situation and based on universal principles that work. Essentially, Aaron applied the very same behavior-change and training principles used to create a fluent new behavior to the goal of healthy eating and weight loss.

In this Session, Aaron shares this integrated perspective. He explains how trainers and teachers who already understand and use training principles can use them to tackle the really big problems that trip up most efforts to develop healthy eating habits, lose and keep off weight, and feel the benefits of better health. 

We think you’ll be hungry to get started, and then hungry for more. And that’s okay!

Note: This Session is not recommended for people whose weight gain was sudden or potentially triggered by trauma, or for people with eating disorders.

Aaron Clayton

Aaron Clayton is the CEO of Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT).  He joined the company in 2001 and with Karen Pryor, and now with Ken Ramirez, has piloted the company's growth for over a decade and a half.  He is a management executive with approximately 25 years of experience growing service-based businesses. Of all his experiences, Aaron's involvement with teaching and learning as the president of KPCT has been the most fun and reinforcing (pun intended!).

Prior to partnering with Karen, Aaron helped found and fund a human resources company and was a partner at a business strategy consultancy focused on improving the market position and performance of Fortune 500 companies. He is a board member of TAGteach, LLC. Aaron holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and an M.B.A from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.