Key To Losing Three Times More Weight Unveiled In Landmark CSIRO Study

If you're sick and tired of counting calories or jumping from one diet to the next, this news might come as a welcomed reprieve.

One of the world's largest scientific studies into weight loss has revealed the key to shedding three times more weight.

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, found using a scientifically backed ‘digital diet’ for as little as 12 weeks resulted in "clinically significant" weight loss.

As part of the study CSIRO enlisted 60,000 Australians who followed its 'Total Wellbeing Diet' from 2015 to 2019 in order to determine how the scientifically formulated eating plan translated to the digital age.

One participant dropped 20 kilos in 22 weeks. Image: CSIRO

Participants who completed the three month online program lost an average of 5.3 percent of their starting weight, which was three times more than participants who started the program but didn’t reach the end.

Dr Gilly Hendrie, the CSIRO research scientist who led the study, said these results are promising for the millions of Aussies looking to shed some weight this year.

She added that they've "known for years" that the higher protein, low GI carbohydrate eating plan made popular in the Total Wellbeing Diet books resulted in clinically significant weight loss.

But now they have evidence to back it up.



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“We have evidence, in a very large sample, that combining the diet with a specially designed system including online tools, results in weight loss for even more people," she said.

"The results show that the more you use, the more you can lose."

Dr Hendrie explained that the study saw similar weight loss achievements across all demographics with older participants aged between 51 and 70 losing about five percent of their weight on average.

This was the same for participants aged 18 to 31.

Participants in the "high risk" obesity group lost about six percent of their starting body weight.

Image: CSIRO

One member, Adele Fiene dropped 20 kilos in 22 weeks, attributing her success to using the online tools on a regular basis.

She said the interactive tools helped her stick to the diet and gave her the motivation to continue.

“As a role model for my three children I can now show them what healthy eating looks like and how important it is to have an active and healthy lifestyle," she said.

The new online program includes nutritionally balanced recipes to help reduce cravings and boost fat loss, plus all the digital tools such as meal planners, food diaries, weight trackers, and support forums.