HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Baltimore, Maryland, USA or Virtually from your home or work.
David D Peterson, Speaker at Weight Management Conferences
Cedarville University, United States


Total Energy Expenditure (TEE) is comprised of four major bodily processes: basal metabolic rate (i.e., rate at which the body uses energy at rest), non-exercise activity thermogenesis (i.e., amount of energy expended performing daily tasks), thermal effect of food (i.e., amount of energy expended processing food for use and storage), and exercise activity thermogenesis (i.e., amount of energy expended while exercising). Understanding these four components of caloric expenditure can help individuals make informed decisions regarding their lifestyle that, if implemented, can have a profound impact on weight management. For example, if the primary goal is to lose weight, individuals should strive to increase the number of calories expended per day from each of the four components. Participating in regular resistance training can help to increase Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR); intentionally choosing manual instead of automated physical activity options can help to increase Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT); eating more nutrient dense instead of more processed foods can help to increase the Thermal Effect of Food (TEF); and regularly participating in planned and structured physical activity can help to increase Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (EAT). Other strategies for effective weight loss include setting reasonable goals, maintaining a negative energy balance, increasing the amount of daily physical activity, and making small, but permanent, changes to one's diet.

Audience take away notes:

  • Participants will learn the key factors associated with weight management.
  • Participants will be provided with tangible recommendations/strategies for effective weight management.
  • Participants will learn how to determine daily energy requirements.


Dr. Peterson is a retired Naval Aerospace/Operational Physiologist with over 20 years of active-duty service experience and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has earned multiple degrees in Exercise Science and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Peterson has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, two textbooks, and presented at multiple state, national, and international conferences on various topics pertaining to body composition and physical fitness. Having served previously as both the Director of the Human Performance Lab and Deputy Director of the Physical Education Department at the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Peterson is now an Assistant Professor within the School of Allied Health and Psychology at Cedarville University.