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The conventional calorie-controlled, low fat, high carb diet has failed to stem obesity and diabetes. There is a lot of confusion about what is the best approach. And the recent popularity of ketogenic diets adds to this confusion, as it is not suitable for everyone.  

So what are the merits or detriments of a ketogenic diet - when it is applicable and for how long? And could alternating between the two be the best approach? 

Learn the Science of the benefits of triggering autophagy in a small number of days and achieving weight loss with the Hybrid Diet approach. 

This course will help you to support your clients with a practical and doable way to achieve a healthy weight and substantially reduce their risk of disease with delicious foods. 



What will I learn?

This day aims to give lots of practical ideas and advice.  By the end of the course participants will have: 

  • A clear understanding of how to deliver a low GL diet 
  • A clear understanding on how to deliver a high fat, ketogenic diet 
  • Knowledge on all the factors that trigger autophagy 
  • Knowledge on the situations in which going ketogenic or triggering autophagy is beneficial 
  • Knowledge of the different strategies for switching between glucose and ketone based metabolism 
  • A clear understanding on how to monitor glucose and ketones in blood, urine and breath 

Full course programme



Who is this course for?

  • Nutritional therapists, nutritionists, dieticians and students who want to understand approaches to thyroid and adrenal health 
  • All health care and other practitioners interested in deepening their knowledge around the function of the thyroid and adrenal glands and nutrients to support their health 
  • Those with thyroid and adrenal conditions   
  • Members of the public interested in supporting family and friends 



What's included?

  • Presentation materials 
  • Drinks throughout the day 
  • The chance to interact with highly experienced speaker and gain answers and ideas pertinent to your work 
  • An opportunity to network with other nutrition and complementary medicine practitioners interested in nutrition for weight loss  



Who will teach?

Patrick Holford BSc, DipION, FBANT, NTCRP

Patrick Holford is a leading spokesman on nutrition and founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and Food for the Brain Foundation. He is the author of 40 books, translated into over 30 languages, including his latest book The Hybrid Diet, co-authored with award-winning medical journalist Jerome Burne.



How will I be taught?

Patrick will explain key principles and answer questions.  Participants will be able to explore the benefit of using different foods and nutrients and be able to ask questions to the speaker to better understand principles and practice.  

Technical language may be used at times.  

Space is limited to 50 participants. You will be provided with an educational resource that outlines key principles and relevant foods; recipes for dishes/products made on the day and other favourites. 

Materials will be provided electronically approximately two weeks before the course. In order to reduce our global footprint, hard copies of materials will not be provided on the day. Delegates are welcome to bring the materials on electronic devices; print and bring the materials or take notes and refer to the electronic versions at a later date. Please note if you book less than 14 working days before the course you may have to wait a few days to receive the link to materials. If you book less than 5 working days before the course or on the day, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the link until after the course. 

PLEASE NOTE: Education research demonstrates that participants learn most when they focus on the speaker and write their own short personalised notes rather than writing on the materials provided. We therefore encourage participants to use any longer materials provided eg powerpoints as reference materials when home and there is no need to print them all for the day. We encourage participants to think in advance about the key questions you would like answered by the day and for you to tailor your learning, questioning and note taking to address these. 



Good to know

  • Registration starts at 9:30AM
  • Please check you have read ION’s FAQs including our cancellation and refund policy before booking
  • If registering as a student, ID proof will be required on the day. Failure to bring proof will result in the full price of the event being invoiced
  • Price includes refreshments throughout the day. Lunch is not provided but there is a fantastic selection of cafes and restaurants within a 5 minute walk as well as a range of independent and high street shops.
  • Use of public transport is advised. There is no free parking in the immediate area. 
  • For full parking details click here
  • An electronic link to course materials/handouts (if any) will be provided approximately two weeks in advance
  • If you have an issue making a booking please email us [email protected]


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Hybrid Diet 3 Oct '19 - Practitioner/Scientist

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Hybrid Diet 3 Oct '19 - Student

Decrease Increase £130.00

Hybrid Diet 3 Oct '19 - ION Alumni

Decrease Increase £130.00