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CSIRO Diet

ImageIt is the weight-loss plan that is taking Australia and the UK by storm. The Total Wellbeing Diet was created by the Clinical Research Unit in Adelaide, celebrated for its diligent research in nutritional and genetic factors in regards to obesity cardiovascular disease, bowel cancer and diabetes. A protein-plus, low-fat eating plan, the Total Wellbeing Diet places a strong emphasis on red meat, lamb and dairy products and moderate amounts of carbohydrates.

As opposed to the Atkins Nutritional Approach, the Total Wellbeing Diet is low in calories and low in fat. It's also a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Beans, lentils and chickpeas replace bread.

The CSIRO diet calls for 3.5 ounces of meat at lunch and 7 ounces at dinner and about 3 servings of cereals or breads a day. The diet is made up of 1 ounce of breakfast cereal, 8 ounces of low-fat milk, 2 slices wholegrain bread, 2 fruits, 2.5 cups vegetables, 7 ounces of diet yogurt, 3 teaspoons canola oil and 2 glasses wine a week.

While the CSIRO boasts claims about helping health through the Total Wellbeing Diet, critics of the program warn that the plan is too high in protein and too low in whole grains. Others point to the ironic fact that the CSIRO's research which greatly hypes meat and dairy is partly funded by Meat and Livestock Industry and Dairy Australia.