CSIRO Total Wellbeing | Diet Breakdown

Hey everyone! This is our fourth instalment of Diet Breakdown, where we present the facts about various diets that have been tried and tested, sharing the benefits, issues and what it means to be on the diet. As someone who has done a bunch of research on every type of diet, fad diet and trend, tried some and scoffed at a whole lot of others, I wanted to create a space where the facts are simple. I don’t necessarily believe in following a strict diet, but I know that it works really well for others. As always, I follow a pretty strict ‘to each their own’ mentality over here; as long as you’re being smart and sensible, you do you!


The Australian CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Diet is very science-based.


How It Works

The CSIRO diet follows very strict guidelines on what you eat each day. Like most diets, it features high protein, low fat and moderate carbs. However, unlike most diets (which predominantly focus on what foods you eat), the CSIRO diet focuses on calorie counting and the types of foods you eat that make up those calories. Most people who participate in the CSIRO diet only follow it for a 12 week program. For weight loss, it’s recommended you eat less calories than your normal diet, with the lowest program sitting at 1315 calories a day. It also takes your personality and lifestyle into account when choosing which program you choose to follow.


What You Eat More Of

  • Lean Meat
  • High-Fibre Cereals
  • Low-Fat Dairy
  • Fruit & Vegetables

What You Eat Less Of

  • High-Fat Foods
  • Sugars
  • Processed Food





  • People have said that the recipes are a little boring, and that following the program is a waste of time as it’s just like buying a very expensive cookbook
  • May be difficult to follow if on a vegetarian or vegan diet due to the amount of meat recommended for the high protein intake


Who To Follow For Inspiration

Here are 4 Instagram accounts you can follow for inspiration of people who are following the CSIRO Total Wellbeing diet (or have done in the past) so you can see how it worked for them!

1. The Curvy Game


2. Erin Rose

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Nearly finished my 12 week CSIRO diet program and just wanted to give a bit of an honest review for anyone interested. Be prepared, it's a bit of an essay. The Diet – The diet costs $199, which is fully refunded if you lose any amount of weight, record your weight weekly and upload a weekly photo to your private CSIRO account. It includes a session with a dietician, an assessment of your diet personality type, exercise plans, daily menu plans, a food diary and access to all their recipes My results – As of today (week 11), I've lost 7% of my body weight 🎉 I didn't take my body measurements, but wish I had. This hasn't been without hard work. For the first 8 weeks, I exercised 4-5 days a week, then reduced to 3. I have had many slip ups along the way, with a few too many drinks, quite a few cheat meals and a few lazy days, and I couldn't care less 🙂 In general I've found the meal plan easy to stick to, and most meals tasty and filling. I've enjoyed being able to swap out meals I don't like, and found that it's helped me to make better lifestyle choices. I've found I crave less junk food now and often get a sore tummy when I eat foods high in fat or sugar. When I first started the diet, I was hungry and had to utilise many of my free foods and healthy snacks to help me feel full, but that settled quickly once I adjusted to smaller portions. Overall I've enjoyed the diet, and haven't found it very difficult. It has required more time in the kitchen meal prepping, and a lot of self-restraint at times but has generally been easy enough to stick to. I plan to continue on to the maintenance program. #twd #totalwellbeingdiet #csirototalwellbeingdiet #diet #weightloss #loseweight

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3. Total Wellbeing Diet page

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"I had no idea how out of balance my diet was; I thought I was eating healthy. It wasn't until I did this diet that I realised the portions and food groups I should be eating. I also have more energy and don't ever eat until I am bursting anymore.�" – It's so great to see our members changing their lives for the better! If you're thinking of joining our 12 week online program, but aren't ready to start at Christmas – we have an offer for you. Join our program before December 28 and you can SAVE $50 and you don't need to start until 2019! Win win! #CSIRODiet #TotalWellbeingDiet #CSIROTotalWellbeingDiet #CSIROTWD #healthyeating #food #healthyrecipes #thm #fitspiration #healthylifestyle #weightloss #12weekprogram #proteinbalance #proteinbalanceprogram #12weekchallenge

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4. Sarah Fritsch


5. Emm


Again, we don’t recommend or discredit any diets here, just present the facts! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

If you liked this post and would like to check out any other Diet Breakdowns, we have these available;

Keto Diet

Paleo Diet


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