Cover of the Total Wellbeing Diet book.

The Total Wellbeing Diet book is published by Penguin Australia.

How the Total Wellbeing Diet was researched

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet was created after accumulating evidence from several clinical trials conducted at CSIRO.

  • 17 November 2006 | Updated 14 October 2011

The more traditional low fat high carbohydrate diets for weight loss had been challenged by alternative dietary approaches such as very low carbohydrate (Atkins), moderately high protein (ZONE) or low glycemic index diets.

However, the emerging body of CSIRO and international research confirmed that varying the protein to carbohydrate ratio during weight loss appeared to have a number of subtle benefits which may result in greater fat loss and sparing of lean body mass.

CSIRO has conducted several of the largest studies showing that higher protein dietary patterns for weight management have metabolic advantages over high carbohydrate patterns in overweight people. 

The results clearly showed health benefits and significant weight loss from a diet higher in proteins and low in fats and the Total Wellbeing Diet was born.

After many requests for further information it was decided to publish the Total Wellbeing Diet, which became a best seller with over 700 000 copies sold.

Find out more about the Total Wellbeing Diet.