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.
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.
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 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
- Weekly Food Checklists
- Exercise Training Diary PDF (78 KB)
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.
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.