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Training Light: Use Training Science to Help You Eat Smart, Lose Weight, Feel Great

The development of healthy habits is a struggle for many people, particularly habits around eating mindfully and maintaining a healthy weight. In aggregate, published statistics about successful sustainable weight loss deliver a consistent message; somewhere between 70% and 95% of people who try to lose weight and maintain the loss are not successful.

Much of the food and weight loss industry wants people to believe that a lack of “willpower’’ is the reason for failure. But that characterization is both inaccurate and counterproductive. Blaming willpower is not a science-based approach to the problem, and it blames the “learner” for failure. It ignores the evidence that the only reliable method of healthier living is one that is built on the science of behavior change.

Join Aaron for this Session focused on helping apply behavior-change science and clicker training principles to the goal behavior: making consistent healthy choices every day.

Learn how trainers and teachers who already understand and use training principles use them to tackle the big problems that trip up most efforts to develop healthy eating habits, lose and keep off weight, and feel the benefits of better health. Learn to put the powerful systems of biology and behavioral science to work for you instead of against you, to deal with hunger pains, and to avoid overindulgence—even at Super Bowl parties! Learn why tools like antecedent arrangements, cues, behavior chains, tools we already know and love, are all the tools you need.


For more than a decade, Aaron 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. Aaron approached his goal like a clicker trainer with a program of behavior change that was based on the science and then customized for his challenges. Now he has a fluent new goal behavior—healthy eating.

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

Please note: This Session was recorded in 2019; content presented in 2020 may vary slightly. 

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 joining KPCT, 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.