Weight Loss for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

Designed to make it easy for you to eat better, lose weight, gain back your energy, and improve your blood glucose.

  • A diabetes-friendly weight loss plan
  • Created and tested by Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO

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Slow prediabetes and manage type 2 diabetes

In Australia, around 1 million people have type 2 diabetes, and an estimated 2 million people have prediabetes.

If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight is one of the key ways to slow prediabetes or type 2 diabetes from progressing. And you don’t even need to lose a huge amount to see the positive effects either; research shows that losing just 5 percent of your body weight has benefits to your health.

This is where the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet for diabetes and prediabetes comes in.

Total Wellbeing Diet for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

Managing diabetes is hard enough, so our 12 Week diet program for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes is designed to make it easy for you to eat better, lose weight, gain back your energy, and improve your blood glucose.

When you sign up, you will gain access to:

  • A scientifically formulated weight loss plan from the CSIRO
  • Easy and delicious high protein, low GI recipes
  • Educational content and special advice on how diet affects blood glucose
  • Useful online tracking tools so you can watch your body change
  • Access to our Android & iOS companion app
  • Simple exercise plans you can do at home
  • A supportive online community to keep you motivated
  • A refund^ of $199 if you adhere to the program
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How the Prediabetic and Type 2 Diabetes diet plan can help you

The 12 Week Program for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes is a diabetes-friendly weight loss plan that has been created and tested by Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO.

The diabetes diet plan includes a balanced amount of low GI carbohydrates that won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar, which means as a diabetic, you can keep carbs in your diet! The diet also includes plenty of veggies, fruit, lean protein, reduced-fat dairy and healthy fats.

By joining our online program, you can improve your eating habits, lose weight, improve your blood glucose and control your hunger.

Citation: Hendrie & WilliamsCSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Online: Member Survey. Understanding the health impacts of the program. CSIRO2019.

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Graphic with two stats: 55% of members attributed the change in their type 2 diabetes medication to the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. 81% of members in the highest weight loss group felt their type 2 diabetes had improved.
Gary lost 40 kg*

Gary turned his health around

Gary's GP diagnosed him with prediabetes and told him to lose weight to avoid type 2 diabetes, reduce his blood pressure and alleviate his sleep apnoea. With the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet Gary lost 40 kg* and today he is no longer suffering from prediabetes.

*Individual results may vary

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Chris lost 17 kg

Chris reduced his medication

"I had been prediabetic, then type 2 diabetic for about three years. I was on the highest doses of oral diabetic medication my doctor could prescribe. [With this program] my blood glucose levels went from 10.4 to 5.6 millimoles per litre in three months and I've had a reduction in my diabetes medication."

*Individual results may vary

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Fiona lost 22 kg

Losing weight saved Fiona’s life

"I am no longer a candidate for diabetes. The knowledge I gained on this program has set me up for continued success. The program was a lifestyle change and one that has been easy to follow and achieve results.” Fiona lost an an incredible 22.5 kg*, which is 23% of her starting body weight.

*Individual results may vary

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Frequently asked questions

How do I join the 12 Week Program for Pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes?

You can join the program by clicking here. After you sign up, you'll go through Program Setup which will ask you which health condition you have. This is where you can indicate you would like to follow the Program for Pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. 

Why is this program useful for someone with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes?

By losing weight and following the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, you could avoid or delay the long-term effects of type 2 diabetes. If you have prediabetes, losing weight could prevent or delay you from developing type 2 diabetes.

How does the 12 Week Program for Pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes differ from the regular 12 Week Online Program?

The Program for Pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes is tailored for people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes.

You’ll still get to enjoy all the aspects of the regular 12 Week Program, including all the same tracking tools and features, but this program takes into account your specific health condition and educates you on how best to manage this issue.

I have multiple health issues, which program is best for me?

Many of our members have multiple health issues when joining our program. If this is you, choose the issue that you would most like to improve.

What will I eat?

Delicious, hearty meals based on wholefoods in portions that meet our special food unit system. You can eat unlimited free vegetables and a small amount of what we call Indulgences (treats).

Do I need to count carbohydrates on this program?

Our program uses food groups to ensure an even balance of daily nutrients. Our meal plans include healthier low GI food choices, have a lower glycaemic load and the carbohydrate is distributed evenly throughout the day. There is no need to count carbohydrates on the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet.

Does the program include an exercise plan?

Yes, exercise and physical activity are important lifestyle habits that can improve your health and lower blood pressure. The program includes practical at-home workouts. It’s important to speak to your doctor before you embark on any new exercise program to make sure it’s right for you.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

No, you do not need a referral from your doctor to join the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet.

Do I still need to see my doctor?

The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet is a great choice when you need to lose weight and get your diabetes under control but it’s important to do it in conjunction with your doctor and diabetes care team.

The 12 Week Program includes the meal plans, exercise plans and tutorials you need for a healthy lifestyle but it does not include medical advice or medication. For this advice, always be guided by your medical team.

When you lose weight, your medication may need to be adjusted. We recommend seeing your doctor when you commence the Total Wellbeing Diet and 2-4 weeks after starting the diet, or earlier if you have any symptoms suggesting your blood glucose is too low. Your doctor will advise if or when your medication should be changed in response to your weight loss.