Some calls the CSIRO diet “the best thing to come out of Australia” while others say “It’s just another glorified low-fat diet”. The fact remains that when the diet book came out, it flew off the shelves. It is arguable that this eating plan became well-received because of the scientific research that went into it by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, which happens to be one of the leading science research institutions in the world. Being scientifically proven automatically gives it merit but what can you, as a dieter, expect to experience on this diet?
How does it work?
The aim of the CSIRO diet plan is to modify your menu so that it contains protein-loaded foods, limited carbohydrates and little fats. This is the basic structure of the meals whose recipes you can find in the book titled Sciro Total Well being diet and its sequel. Fish, chicken, eggs and other lean meat are the staple foods in almost every dish instead of starch. This is because they are rich sources of protein which fill you up for longer and curb hunger for longer periods of time. These foods also consist of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that provide your body with optimum nutrition.
The carbohydrates you are allowed to eat rate low on the GI scale. They include whole grain pasta, whole wheat bread, vegetables and fresh fruit in limited amounts. Your sources of fats are mostly healthy oils, yoghurt and low-fat milk. Red wine is the only type of alcohol allowed and drinking plenty of water is encouraged. By following this eating model, the SCIRO diet guarantees your body will start burning fat and you will lose weight.
Why does it work?
The diet plan was developed by a reputable research company, which will obviously not risk its reputation on a diet that doesn’t work. In other words, a lot of careful study has gone into it and because it’s scientifically proven, it’s a valid and effective way to lose weight. Another reason it’s worth trying is because it is not a strict low-carbohydrate diet. While most diets cut a lot of carbs out, the CSIRO diet allows you to get an adequate amount of carbs in breads, cereal and fruit. It includes many food groups which increase the quality of nutrition you will receive during the diet. Better nutrition means fewer side effects.
It also provides ample advice about controlling portions to help prevent overeating and to train your stomach to be satisfied with a smaller amount of food at a time. It is a well-planned diet with emphasis on reducing your calories, which is essential for weight loss. It has been reported to lower cholesterol especially in women.
Why doesn’t it work?
Members have reported feelings of fatigue and headaches. There have also been complaints that it does not cater to vegetarian dieters. The diet might not be healthy over extended periods and doesn’t provide dieters with enough information to maintain their new weight.