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Improving your weight, metabolic health, and type 2 diabetes management with our bestselling low-carb diet health program

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Health Program is an energy-controlled, nutritionally complete, eating plan that is lower in carbohydrates. The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet has a focus on quality carbohydrate foods that have a low-glycaemic index (GI) and includes higher proportions of protein and unsaturated (healthy) fats.

The Program also incorporates a prescriptive, home-based exercise plan consisting of combined aerobic and resistance (strength) exercises to maximise health benefits.

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Health Program can help you achieve sustained long-term weight loss, improve blood glucose control, reduce risk factors for health disease, and reduce diabetes medication requirements.

It can benefit a wide range of people, assisting with improvements in health and wellbeing and it is particularly useful for individuals trying to lose weight, and people who have insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, and type 2 diabetes.

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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 Health Program 

Research and clinical trials

For many years, CSIRO has been examining the effects of dietary and lifestyle factors on weight management, blood glucose control and risk factors for heart disease. This research resulted in the development and substantiation of the CSISRO Low-Carb Diet Health Program.

In 2012 CSIRO commenced a large-scale clinical trial to understand and substantiate the effects of the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Health Program. The 2-year clinical trial was conducted with individuals who were overweight or obese with type 2 diabetes.

The clinical trial showed that after 2 years, the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Health Program was effective in achieving sustained long-term weight loss. It also revealed that compared to a traditional higher carbohydrate (low-GI), moderate protein, low fat diet, the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet was more effective in improving blood glucose control and reducing risk factors for heart disease and diabetes medication requirements.

In 2021, CSIRO researchers were also involved in an international study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that demonstrated a low carbohydrate diet was more effective than a traditional higher carbohydrate, low fat diet in achieving remission of type 2 diabetes.

Read the research behind the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Health Program.

Books

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Health program has been translated into a practical, easy step-by-step guide with a book publication series for the Australian market. These book titles include:

CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Health program books
Title Year
CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Easy 100 2022
CSIRO Low-Carb Diabetes Every Day 2021
CSIRO Low-Carb Diabetes Diet & Lifestyle Solution 2020
CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Quick and Easy 2019
CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Everyday book 2018
CSIRO Low-Carb Diet book 2017

The CSIRO Low-Carb book series feature nutritious low-carb, high-protein and healthy fats recipes, with weekly meal and exercise plans, shopping lists and creative meal builder ideas based on the science of the CSIRO LowCarb Diet.

Support Tools to use with the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet Health Program

Ready meals

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 Health Program.

The meals will feature a front of pack labelling mark signalling they are a meal suitable for the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet. 

A blue label with the CSIRO icon  which says 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 and Creative Food Solutions have partnered with CSIRO, as our initial partners, to develop meals that have been specifically designed to comply with the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet. It's anticipated the meals will be available early in 2023, we'll keep you updated.

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