Nutrition diet

Published on June 30th, 2013 | by Joe Starks


Eat That! The Csiro Diet

Many times diets labeled as “new” are simply an old idea repackaged to look modern. Sometimes new diets add to old ideas and improve them in various ways. While the fans of the csiro diet believe the latter, critics feel that it’s just a regurgitated old idea. The Csiro diet came from Australia and was designed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). From the very beginning the first diet books featuring the Csiro diet flew off the shelves and latter copies were just as popular, selling more than a million copies. So what is this diet all about and why are opinions split about it? How does it work and how safe is it really? Let’s take a good scientific look at this new diet.

What is the Csiro diet?

There are three main parts to the Csiro diet, each with its own importance and reason. The whole diet focuses less on the caloric content of foods and more on the type and quantity of food consumed, making it more appealing to people who don’t care much for lots of calculations. Here are the three main points of the Csiro diet:

  • Eat a lot of lean protein. Protein is the component of the diet which is supposed to fill you up. Human bodies tend to feel fuller when eating protein than when eating carbohydrates and studies have shown that breakfasts filled with protein has kept hard working men satisfied for longer. Preferring lean protein over fatty protein helps keep the caloric intake down naturally without any calculations. A pork chop with its marbling of fat has a lot more calories than chicken breast and an egg without its yolk has fewer calories too, because all the fat is in the yolk.
  • Eat very few processed and refined carbohydrates. It’s nothing new that eating less sugar and flour products helps you lose weight. Pasta, cookies, cakes, white rice and bread are all foods that don’t keep you satisfied for long and make you crave for more. Our bodies use carbohydrates as quick fuel, which means you don’t need as many of them if you already eat a robust diet.
  • Eat very few fats and no saturated fats at all. The idea that eating less fat makes you less fat is only partly correct. Fats do have the most calories, but it is also hard to ingest a huge amount of them because our bodies have a natural aversion to overly greasy food. Imagine eating a block of butter for instance. Some people have adapted to eating far too much fat in the form of deep fried food and heavy creams/butters and for those people cutting down is a very good idea. The body needs some types of fat, the essential fats, to stay alive and healthy, so one must be careful to not cut these out totally.

What do the critics say?

The first point of disappointment is that the Csiro diet does look far too much like many other diets. The similarity to the Ketosis diet is striking, which makes it quite similar to the Atkins diet too! The idea of low carb low fat is nothing new either. That eating more vegetables is beneficial is something we all know since infanthood. Critics find the Csiro diet to be lacking in originality, which makes it look like a marketing ploy to get some money out of old ideas, just by adding a new name and label.

Secondly, there are the usual health concerns about diets that restrict whole food groups and cut out too many types of food. Egg yolks and animal fat might be high calorie, but avoiding such types of foods will leave you deficient in many other nutrients besides the ones you are trying to avoid. Health organizations try to promote balanced diets not restrictive ones. If a person is over consuming a particular type of nutrient, like fat, cutting down to a normal portion will suffice, going to the extreme of eliminating that nutrient is going one step too far.

What do the fans say?

Fans of the Csiro diet insist that it adds a new flair and perspective to something old and stale. The recipes and suggestions of the books seem to appeal to a large audience of dieters.

It is known that getting your body in to a state of Ketosis, which happens when you don’t consume enough sugars, you are likely to suffer from a loss of appetite. This is of course very helpful when it comes to losing weight, but it comes with its own risks like smocking and other similar appetite diminishing activities. One of the main reasons the body loses its appetite is because it is slightly poisoned. The ketones created in your body when you don’t eat carbs have that slightly poisonous effect. It is largely safe if one does not overdo it with the duration of the diet and the amount of carbs consumed.

Eating fewer fats in our modern society is almost always beneficial. There is an overabundance of fat in almost everything we eat, from take-away to normal super market food. Most of us can do easily with half the amount of fat we currently consume and that goes for the lean as well as the heavy people. If you don’t take restrictions too far you can only gain from eating less fats and choosing healthier options, which contain more essential fats and less saturated ones.


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