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The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan

The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan

The 'Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan' is a clear and easy guide for all Australians to follow, covering every aspect of dealing with type 2 diabetes prevention and control.

  • 2 May 2011 | Updated 14 October 2011

Background

More than 1.5 million Australians have diabetes and more than twice this number are at significant risk of developing the disease in the next five to ten years.

The team that produced the revolutionary CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet books has partnered with the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute to produce an evidence-based resource covering every aspect of type 2 diabetes prevention and control.

About the book

The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan is a guide to help Australians make the best diabetes management choices, in order to live full and satisfying lives.

The book explains what diabetes is, how people develop it and how its severity can be reduced. It also includes comprehensive plans to support a healthy lifestyle, advice on optimal diets, ideas for increased physical activity as well as strategies to help avoid developing diabetes complications.

The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan is equally relevant for those who want to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The most powerful contributor to developing type 2 diabetes is becoming overweight or obese, so the book provides tips on simple lifestyle changes to reduce weight and improve health and wellbeing.

The eating plans in the book offer two options to follow, depending on whether an individual is looking to lose weight or maintain their current weight. Both options enable food to be enjoyed while keeping diabetes under control.

This book includes more than 80 delicious diabetes-friendly recipes which can be integrated into all aspects of daily life. There are recipes for:

  • breakfasts
  • snacks
  • lunches and light meals
  • soups and salads
  • dinners on a shoestring
  • week night dinners
  • casual nights in with friends
  • dinner parties
  • weekend cooking, and
  • weekend barbecue picnic.

The CSIRO and Baker IDI Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan enables readers to estimate their own risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the next five years by using The Australian Diabetes Risk (AusDRISK) [external link] Assessment Tool developed by Baker IDI.

Determining your daily energy needs (Calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate)

To work out which level of the eating plan you should follow, first calculate the kilojoules you need to maintain your current weight. Do this by calculating your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) using an online calculator [external link].

If your body mass index (BMI) indicates that you need to lose weight, subtract 2000-4000 kJ from the current daily kilojoule intake you calculated above.  To reduce your weight by 0.5 kilogram (500 grams) each week, subtract 2000 kJ; to reduce your weight by 1 kilogram each week, subtract 4000 kJ.

BMR calculation for males - important note

Please note, there was a misprint in the equation for the male BMR calculation appearing on page 12 of the book. The figure of 664.7 in the equation for males should have appeared as 66.47. The BMR equation for males should therefore be:

[66.47 + (13.75 x weight in kg) + (5 x height in cm) – (6.76 x age in years)] x 4.2 x activity factor

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