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Is the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet different from other low-carb plans?

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Q My doctor recommended I try the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet, but I always feel tired when I cut back on carbs. How is this diet different from other low-carb plans?

Lorraine, via email

A It’s true that all low-carb diet plans are not the same! Some severely restrict carbs, while others eliminate all carbs, which may leave you feeling tired. The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet recommends limiting your total carbs to 50−70 grams per day, and making sure they come from good-quality, low-GI and high-fibre sources.

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet was developed using the latest scientific evidence and nutrition principles for health and weight management. Compared to a traditional high-carb, low-fat diet that typically recommends consuming 200−300 grams of carbs per day, research shows the CSRIO diet has a similar effect on energy, mood and overall quality of life. However, the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet revealed superior results for improving blood glucose control, as well as reducing diabetes medication requirements and risk factors for heart disease.

The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet is a nutritionally sound eating plan that can deliver weight loss and enhanced health benefits without any negative effects on physical or mental wellbeing. I thoroughly recommend it!

Professor Grant Brinkworth (B. App. Sc., Hons., PhD, MBA) is a senior principal research scientist at CSRIO. To learn more about the CSIRO Low-Carb Diet, go to www.csiro.au/lcd

First published: Jul 2021

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