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.
The CSIRO Low Carb Diet
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 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.
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.
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.
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
- Week 1 PDF (444 KB)
- Week 2 PDF (460 KB)
- Week 3 PDF (460 KB)
- Week 4 PDF (461 KB)
- Week 5 PDF (461 KB)
- Week 6 PDF (502 KB)
- Week 7 PDF (1 MB)
- Week 8 PDF (1 MB)
- Week 9 PDF (1 MB)
- Week 10 PDF (1 MB)
- Week 11 PDF (1 MB)
- Week 12 PDF (932 KB)
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The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick and Easy (2019)
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.
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The CSIRO Low-Carb Every Day (2018)
The CSIRO Low-Carb Every Day is the sequel to the popular CSIRO Low-Carb Diet book.
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.
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The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet (2017)
The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet book was launched in 2017 and became a number-one bestseller in Australia.
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
- Download: Level 1 checklist PDF (25 KB)
- Download: Level 2 checklist PDF (26 KB)
- Download: Level 3 checklist PDF (26 KB)
- Download: Level 4 checklist PDF (26 KB)
Exercise training diary
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The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet can be purchased though CSIRO Publishing, or at all good bookstores and retailers.
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