Examine the science for fat loss & optimum nutrition.


3-Day Sessions

Should you wish to change any of your sessions, please do so before Friday 6 April. After this date if you wish to swap your sessions, just go to the session that you would like to attend during FILEX and if there is space available after 15 minutes, the Event Crew at the door will allow you entry.

Click the session title for more information about the session and presenter's biography.

 Plenary Session

Time: 8am-9:15am

A1C: When Less Is More
Paul Taylor

Calorie restriction and various forms of fasting have been shown in animal models, to extend lifespan and reduce age-related diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. But humans aren’t rats! In this enlightening session you’ll explore the science and practical application of various fasting techniques for humans, and their actual impact on health and disease prevention. You’ll also learn why our industry’s eating and supplementation patterns may be increasing the risk of cancer among our clients. L

Time: 1pm - 2:30pm

A2E: The Many Facets Of Fat Loss
Teresa Boyce

Fat loss is individual; there are many aspects to consider and different approaches that may be applied when it comes to winning the battle against the bulge. In this informative lecture you’ll explore the many facets of fat loss, including the impact of sugar, fat adaption, keto diets, gut health, the emotional struggle, and how to determine which fat loss approach will best suits which individual. L

Time: 3pm - 4:15pm

A3D: Food As Medicine For Sports Performance & Recovery
Kira Sutherland

Mother Nature has gifted us with an array of amazing foods that contain nutrients capable of assisting athletes in recovery, as well as during training. From tart cherries to watermelon, pineapple, turmeric and much more. In this comprehensive lecture Kira covers the ins and outs of plant-based medicines, and how they can be used by an active body to enhance healing, recovery and performance. Research, recipes and much more will also be explored, including easy-to-use applications of the knowledge learned. L

Time: 4:45pm - 6:15pm

A4C: The Ketogenic Diet – Weight Loss, Hypertrophy & Potential Pitfalls
Dr Marc Bubbs

The ketogenic diet is a popular new dietary strategy, is it simply the latest fad or deeply rooted into our evolutionary biology? In this talk, Dr Bubbs discusses the physiology of a ketogenic diet, the various types of keto diets, the implications for weight loss as well as for clients trying to add lean muscle, and the common pitfalls and contraindications. Get ready for some straight talk from a clinician and trainer who knows! L

Time: 8:30am-10am

B1D: Psychology To Create Eating Habits That Last & Triple Your Retention Rates
Glenn Mackintosh

Psychology is the missing piece of the weight management puzzle. But not only can mindset training enhance the effectiveness of nutrition and exercise plans, it can also completely change the game we’re playing with clients. In this powerful session you’ll learn how to apply simple psychological principles to help people create healthy eating and movement habits that last lifetime, which will result in improved outcomes and higher client retention rates. L

Time: 8:30am-10am

B1J: How To Modify Your Exercise & Diet Strategies For Obesity-Related Co-Morbidities
Dr Marlene Tham

Our scientific understanding of obesity is radically changing. Many clinicians see it as the product of an unhealthy lifestyle. However, evidence is now emerging that obesity itself, as well as its medically related illnesses, is better understood and tackled as a chronic disease and one that needs to addressed throughout a person’s life. Lifestyle strategies, such as diet and exercise, may need to be modified due to a person’s disease state. This informative lecture explores evidence-based strategies including diet, exercise and medications that are effective in managing obesity-related medical illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks. L

Time: 10:30am-12pm

B2E: Fuelling For Fat Loss
Amy Giannotti

Results = happy clients and high retention. To avoid the common nutrition mistakes that often prevent your clients from achieving optimum performance, you must be able to recognise the red flags before they become significant issues. In this enlightening session, Amy shares simple strategies to help you steer your clients into the fast lane towards healthy and sustainable results. L

Time: 10:30am-12pm

B2L: Turning Our D+ Into A C: Improving Our Weight Management Outcomes
Glenn Mackintosh

Weight management is a challenging area for practitioners and clients alike! Long-term outcomes are generally poor and sometimes even harmful for the people we work with; but there is hope! This session explores the evidence for behavioural, psychological, and surgical interventions for weight management, to help you identify the most effective interventions for clients. In this informative lecture you’ll have opportunity to reflect on your own practises, as well as the environments and interdisciplinary teams you provide to clients. Psychology plays an equally important role in the weight management process, so this will also be examined. This session seeks to raise important questions and improve your results in this ever-developing field. L

Time: 1:15pm-2:45pm

B3L: Nutrition Strategies For Obesity Management
Teresa Boyce

Obesity rates are still on the rise with almost two in three Australians now overweight or obese. We are better understanding the complexity of obesity and the effects obesity has on mental and physical health, but the long-standing approach of energy in versus energy out is only one facet of managing weight and obesity. This lecture discusses current research and proven strategies to better manage obesity in individuals. L

Time: 3:15pm-4:30pm

B4E: The Reality of Genetically-Specific Nutrition & Training
Peta Carige

The world of genetics is progressing quickly, with one of the fastest areas being around nutrition and training. In this session Peta outlines how you can use genetics to specifically make nutrition recommendations that will match your clients’ genetics, resulting in them achieving results faster. You’ll also explore the genes that align with an individual’s carbohydrate intake; how specific genes impact your clients’ exercise preferences, their rate of adaptation and their recovery. What you’ll learn will help you to truly individualise your future programming. L

Time: 3:15pm-4:30pm

B4J: The Emotional Factor
Lisa Champion

As human beings, emotions are a vital part of our world, and when clients struggle with behaviour change, there are always emotional factors at play. As a trainer and educator, you need the skills to deal with this very important aspect of your clients’ experience. In this powerful lecture you’ll learn about the critical role emotions play in behaviour change; how to help you clients feel safe to express their emotional experience; and how to monitor and use your own emotional experiences to help form meaningful relationships with clients, as they navigate their weight loss journey. L

 Plenary Session

Time: 5pm-6:15pm

B5C: 7 Reasons Your Client’s Thyroid Is Sluggish (& How To Fix It)
Dr Marc Bubbs

Thyroid problems seem to be on the rise today and are frequently blamed for stagnant weight loss. In this session, Dr Bubbs dispels the common myths about thyroid problems. He also reviews the difference between a medical hypothyroid condition and "thyroid dysfunction"; he outlines the seven most common factors that throw off thyroid function; and he provides you with diet, exercise and lifestyle solutions to help resolve your client's fatigue, low energy and/or weight gain. L

 Plenary Session

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

B5H: Supplement Use in Sport and Fitness
Kira Sutherland

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 Plenary Session

Time: 1pm-2:15pm

C3C: 7 Reasons Your Clients Are NOT Losing Weight (& How To Fix It)
Dr Marc Bubbs

We’re in the midst of a weight gain epidemic with almost 70 per cent of the population classified as overweight or obese. Unfortunately, 90 per cent of clients will fail to lose weight and keep it off for an entire year. In this session Dr Bubbs discusses seven common roadblocks to your client's weight loss success, from hormonal factors, to cravings, to sleep, to exercise programming, stress and more. He’ll highlight key areas that are holding back your clients’progress, and – most importantly –he’ll provide strategies and solutions to overcome them. L

Time: 2:45pm-4pm

C4D: Fifty Shades Of Fat
Dr Helena Popovic

White fat, brown fat, beige fat. Puppy fat, belly fat, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat. Saturated, unsaturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated. Omega-3, omega-6, trans and hydrogenated. Virgin, extra virgin, cold pressed, hot pressed. LDL, HDL, IDL, VLDL. What the fat is going on? When diet experts talk about ͞bad fats͟ they are referring to saturated fat. When health-conscious consumers talk about ͞bad fats͟ they are referring to omega-6-rich seed oils. Who’s right? Who’s confused? Who's back to using butter? By the end of this session you’ll know the fat from the fiction! L