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The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet is a nutritionally balanced, scientifically proven eating plan that can help you feel less hungry and lose weight.

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  • 4 August 2011 | Updated 18 October 2014

About the books

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Introduction

As a leading authority in dietary research, CSIRO was a logical place to start for the many dietitians who contacted CSIRO with concerns about the promotion of high protein diets without reliable supporting evidence.

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet is a nutritionally balanced eating plan that can help you feel less hungry and lose weight.

Research at CSIRO's Clinical Research Unit in Adelaide, South Australia, led to the development of the higher protein, low-fat diet that is nutritious, facilitates sustainable weight loss and is supported by scientific evidence.

Dr Peter Clifton and Dr Manny Noakes are internationally recognised scientists whose work in dietetics enabled them to convert clinical research results into an worldwide bestseller – The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet book.

Image of the cover of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet book. The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet

Published by Penguin in 2005, The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet (TWD) offers an easy-to-follow structured eating pattern and includes mainstream foods. It's a way to eat less, but eat well without feeling hungry, because it provides the necessary vitamins and nutrients (including dietary fibre).

The TWD book has been phenomenally successful for Australians with over 600 000 copies being sold in just one year.

Image of the cover of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet book two. The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Book 2

Following on from the phenomenal success of the first book, a companion volume was released in 2006 to help readers keep on track with a healthy lifestyle.

As with any complete wellbeing program, exercise is a key factor. Book 2 introduces an exercise program designed to assist and encourage the most resistant people off the couch with simple and easy-to-follow exercises.

Book 2 aims to renew enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle for those who have already taken the initiative, and motivate others to take the first step to a better lifestyle. 

Image of the cover of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet recipe book.The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Recipe Book

In 2010, CSIRO released the long-awaited cookbook supplement to the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet.

This book allows the followers of the program to extend their culinary repertoire, as well as integrate the diet into all aspects of daily life. With over 130 recipes, there are healthy ideas for breakfasts on the go, simple lunches, quick weeknight dinners, meals on a shoestring, comfort classics and meals to stock and store.

Image of the cover of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, fast and fresh recipes book.The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, Fast and Fresh Recipes

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet: Fast and Fresh Recipes was published in 2012, providing a whole new repertoire of wonderfully easy meal ideas that take precious little time to prepare.

The book includes must-have recipes developed for today’s busy lifestyles, based on the diet program that has been successful for thousands of Australians.

Image of the cover of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, recipes on a budget book.The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, Recipes on a Budget

Released in 2013, the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet: Recipes on a Budget, offers 135 new recipes for individuals and families who are looking for nutritious, flavoursome meal ideas that won't break the budget.

Based on the scientifically proven program, these are must-have recipes for those already following the diet, and a delicious introduction to a healthy eating plan for those trying the diet for the first time.


Other health and wellness publications include the Healthy Heart Program, the Wellbeing Plan for Kids and the Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Plan.

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet books are available at most book stores or through CSIRO Publishing.

References

Noakes M, Clifton P. 2005. The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. Penguin, Australia. 225 pp.

Noakes M, Clifton P. 2006. The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Book 2. Penguin, Australia. 240 pp.

CSIRO. 2010. The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Recipe Book. Penguin, Australia. 208 pp.