About the CSIRO Wellbeing Diet

By Jeri McBryde , last updated November 17, 2011

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet is a high protein, low fat, and limited carbohydrate diet. It is based on research done on weight loss diets by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. The CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency. The agency’s priority is not only to help people lose weight, but to improve their chances of keeping the weight off and improve their over all health and wellbeing.

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet is a calorie-controlled and nutritionally balanced plan that includes large amounts of protein from meat, fish, poultry, and low-fat dairy products. Although it closely resembles the Atkins Diet, CSIRO allows moderate amounts of carbohydrates, not low carbohydrates, like Atkins. This diet limits carbohydrates to 114 grams, which is higher than the low 20-60 grams of carbohydrates permitted by Atkins.

The basic CSIRO daily menu consists of 7 oz. of raw weight of lean red meat four times a week, fish twice per week, and chicken once a week for dinner. At lunch, your protein allowance is 4 oz. Two 1-oz slices of wholegrain bread to be used at the meal of your choice. You are allowed two pieces of medium fruit, four one-half cups of vegetables, about a one cup serving of high-fiber cereal, three teaspoons of oil or margarine, and three servings of low-fat dairy, such as low-fat milk or low-fat yogurt.

The large amount of protein satisfies the dieters’ appetite andprevents overeating. At the same time, the higher protein helps prevent muscle loss. Following the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet should bring about a weight loss of one to two pounds a week.

The CSIRO also promotes fiber from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and at least 30 minutes of daily exercise for continued weight loss and good health.

There is no need to fix separate meals for the entire household. For family members who do not need to lose weight, simply serve them more carbohydrates with their meals. Set out extra bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes for the non-dieters.

Due to the high amount of protein required on the CISRO Total Wellbeing Diet, vegetarians may find this is not the diet for them.

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