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To provide a clear overview of the science behind a low-carbohydrate diet – and to help those wanting to adopt one – our researchers developed the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet and the CSIRO Low-Carb Every Day books.

Improve your health with our bestselling low-carb diet books

Featuring nutritious low-carb, high-protein recipes and weekly meal and exercise plans, the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet books can help you lose weight without the hunger pangs.

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet books can also help those with diabetes; our research has shown that by incorporating more healthy fats and lean protein into their diet, while reducing their carb intake, people with type 2 diabetes can significantly improve their blood glucose control and overall health and wellbeing.

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Prof. Grant Brinkworth: The obesity epidemic in Australia is a major health issue.

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One-third of children and two-thirds of Australian adults are considered either overweight or obese.

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Dr Pennie Taylor: Obesity is an issue because it actually increases our risk of chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes.

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Prof. Grant Brinkworth: Poor dietary choices is consuming too many energy dense, nutrient poor, discretionary junk foods which are high in added sugars, salts, and saturated fat.

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Dr Pennie Taylor: Our community at the moment are faced with this overwhelming amount of information around diet and exercise and lifestyle and it’s been coming at a rate of knots where people aren’t being able to interpret what is the right information and what’s not.

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So, what we’re wanting to do is actually get through to that evidenced based information that we know what works for people.

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Prof. Grant Brinkworth: Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes are major national health challenges and CSIRO’s mandate is to develop solutions and strategies to tackle our major national issues.

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Dr Pennie Taylor: So, what we did a few years ago is we actually ran a clinical trial and we looked at the effects of our dietary pattern on people living with Type 2 Diabetes.

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Prof. Grant Brinkworth: The CSIRO Low Carb Diet is an effective eating plan that’s lower in carbohydrate, higher in protein and healthy fats, that is shown to be effective for sustained long term weight loss, improved blood glucose control, as well as reduce diabetes medication requirements.

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Dr Pennie Taylor: So, what we’re doing is partnering with Australian food manufacturers and retail outlets to put these foods into environments where they’re easy to access.

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So, the CSIRO Impact Mark is a trademark for CSIRO

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that we are putting on some pre-prepared meals that fit within the construct of the CSIRO Low Carb Diet.

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Prof. Grant Brinkworth: We’ve also translated these scientific principles into an easy step-by-step guide book series to ensure that everyone can have access to this scientific research and gain the health benefits.

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Dr Pennie Taylor: We do know exercise is really important just for mental health.

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But also for Type 2 Diabetes, when you’re exercising you’re getting your muscles working and what that helps to do is actually pull out the glucose from your blood and use it through to your muscles. So, you’re burning up appropriate energy.

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Prof. Grant Brinkworth: Rigorous clinical trials at CSIRO have shown that this plan can be used as a long-term solution to achieve sustained weight loss as well as improvements in blood glucose control and is not just a short term fix.

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Prof. Grant Brinkworth and Dr Pennie Taylor explain how the diet was scientifically developed and tested through rigorous clinical trials, its translation into our best-selling book series and now its evolution into nutritious convenient ready meals.

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The CSIRO Low Carb Diet

Clinical Trials

In 2012 CSIRO commenced a large-scale clinical trial to understand the role of lower carbohydrate, higher protein and healthy fat diets for weight management & metabolic health. This research resulted in development and substantiation of the CSIRO Low Carb Diet, a nutritionally complete, energy controlled prescriptive meal plan lower in carbohydrate and proportionally higher in protein and unsaturated (healthy) fat.

The CSIRO Low Carb Diet focuses on the use of quality carbohydrate foods with low glycemic index (GI). Importantly, the CSIRO Low Carb Diet has a low glycemic load due to the lower amount of carbohydrates that the diet provides in total across the day.

The CSIRO Low Carb Diet is an energy-controlled, nutritionally complete meal plan that is lower in carbohydrate and higher in protein and healthy (unsaturated) fats.

Books

The CSIRO Low Carb Diet was translated into an easy step-by-step guide with a book publication series (CSIRO Low Carb Diet book-(2017); CSIRO Low Carb Diet Everyday book (2018), CSIRO Low Carb Diet Quick and Easy (2019) and CSIRO Low Carb Diabetes (2020) for the Australian market. Read more about our book series below.

Ready meals

In 2020 CSIRO is partnering with Australian food manufacturers and retailers to make it easier for Australians to choose nutritious ready meals consistent with the successful CSIRO Low Carb Diet and Lifestyle Plan.

Be Fit Food is the first provider to partner with CSIRO to develop and deliver meals that have been specifically designed to comply with the CSIRO Low Carb Diet.

The meals will feature a front of pack labelling mark signalling they are a meal suitable for the CSIRO Low Carb Diet.  Ready meals featuring the mark have been formulated and passed independent tests to ensure strict benchmarks have been met, making them compliant with the food and nutrient specifications of the science-based CSIRO Low Carb Diet.

Be Fit Food is the first provider to partner with CSIRO to develop and deliver meals that have been specifically designed to comply with the CSIRO Low Carb Diet.

The Be Fit Food Lifestyle Range includes: Cheesy Beef & Vegetable Ragout, Indian Fish Curry, Indonesian Satay Chicken, Lamb Kofta with Middle Eastern Quinoa, Slow Cooked Sicilian Beef, Vegetable & Chicken Cauliflower Rice, Vegetarian Masala, and Yellow Chicken Curry. Meals can be ordered online and delivered to your home.

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Solution (2020)

Our fourth book in the series features 80 brand new recipes and 12 weeks of meal plans.

Our popular low carb diet has been adapted specifically for individuals at risk or living with type 2 diabetes.

This easy to follow, comprehensive lifestyle solution maximises the low carb diet's benefits for improved metabolic health and blood glucose control, and effective type 2 diabetes prevention and management.

Today around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes and 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. This book provides an accessible, simple solution for helping Australian to prevent onset and combat the symptoms.

Weekly shopping lists

Purchase the book

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Solutions can be purchased though CSIRO Publishing, booksellers and retailers or digital versions available through Pan Macmillan.

Purchase online now

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick and Easy (2019)

Our new book, The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick and Easy, contains over 100 low-carb recipes that can be cooked in 30 minutes or less.

Our third book in the series, the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick and Easy, is now available in store and online.

Designed with a busy lifestyle in mind, this new book features recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less with under 10 ingredients. It also provides an update on the science behind low-carb eating, including new research on the health benefits of a low-carb diet coupled with exercise.

Purchase the book

The CSIRO Low-Carb Quick and Easy can be purchased though CSIRO Publishing, booksellers and retailers or digital versions available through Pan Macmillan.

Purchase online now

The CSIRO Low-Carb Every Day (2018)

The CSIRO Low-Carb Every Day is the sequel to the popular CSIRO Low-Carb Diet book.

The CSIRO Low Carb Diet Book provides another great option for people concerned about weight management or type 2 diabetes. ©  CSIRO Publishing

What's new about this book?

We've used feedback from readers of the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet book to offer a companion book that provides:

  • an update on the latest science, providing a summary of the latest scientific research in low-carb diets around the world
  • eighty new recipes with all the daily allowances calculated and explained
  • quick and easy dishes to make it simpler to follow every day
  • quick and simple meal builders that can help you to easily create your own tasty, low-carb recipes
  • a range of new physical exercises to provide greater variety and interest.

The R.R.P of the book is $34.99 and is available at all good bookstores and retailers.

Purchase the book

The CSIRO Low-Carb Every Day can be purchased though CSIRO Publishing, booksellers and retailers or digital versions available through Pan Macmillan.

Purchase online now

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet (2017)

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet book was launched in 2017 and became a number-one bestseller in Australia.

Helping to contribute to improved metabolic health, blood glucose control and diabetes management. ©  CSIRO Publishing

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet book features:

  • eighty nutritious low-carb recipes, including breakfasts, salads and soups, mains, snacks and sweet treats
  • a clear description of low-carb versus high-carb food
  • twelve weekly meal plans and shopping lists
  • a comprehensive exercise plan.

Low-carb diet sample meal plan

Weekly food checklists

Exercise training diary

Purchase the book

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet can be purchased though CSIRO Publishing, or at all good bookstores and retailers.

Purchase online now

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