The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet was developed by scientists at the CSIRO and is considered one of CSIRO’s top 10 innovations in its 100-year history, right up there with wifi and Aerogard.
Innovation is in the core of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet and through research into eating habits and lifestyle we strive to always improve our weight management programs. Since we went online in 2014 we have published a number of scientific reports that provide insight into what is proven to be effective when it comes to weight loss.
The latest findings from the CSIRO Healthy Diet Score reveals that many Australians are falling short in making nutritious choices for their health and wellbeing.
Over the past eight years, the average CSIRO Diet Score has hovered around 55/100. However, a closer look at the year-on-year data shows a slight decline from 56 in 2015 to 53 in 2023. Of particular concern is the consumption of discretionary foods, which has surged to approximately 28 servings per week on average. This represents a significant increase of 10 servings per week since 2015.
CSIRO recently analysed the long-term weight loss results of CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet members. The data showed that on average members who complete the 12 Week Program lose 7.2% after 12 weeks, 9% after 6 months and then maintain their weight loss for the remainder of the year. “Super star” members (those who engaged with the tools and features the most) continued to lose weight for a full year, with an average total weight loss of 22.3kg or 21.7% after 1 year.
CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet has launched a new diet plan that will help Australians start healthy weight loss in 2023 by tackling one of the biggest obstacles to successful dieting: cravings.
A new CSIRO study of 11,000 CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet members found the strongest predictor of weight loss was engagement with the right digital support tools, rather than being in the right mindset, when starting a diet.
Hope is an AI weight loss coach developed to help members of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet lose more weight. The innovation is shaped by over 100 million data points from the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet digital platform.
CSIRO studied over 245,000 people to understand the unique behavioural and emotional characteristics that can impact weight loss.
August 2021 - View infographic
This comprehensive evaluation published in Journal of Medical Internet Research showed the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet is effective for weight loss, particularly for members who finished the program and were active in using the platform and tools provided.
Our research finds that junk food makes up a large portion of the Aussie diet.
April 2021 - View infographic
New research from CSIRO reveals how to achieve the balance of both physical and psychological wellbeing.
May 2020 - View infographic
New research from CSIRO shows health conditions top the reasons for losing weight in an analysis of 65,000 dieters. A follow-up survey of 3000 members suggests weight loss is the best medicine for a range of chronic health conditions.
An overview of the scientific evidence of dietary fibre for weight loss.
January 2019 - Download the report
Analysis of over 13,000 members of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet suggests ‘yes’.
Members who received a refund lost 6.2 percent of their starting body weight compared to 4 percent for non-refunded members. Refunded members lost 54 percent more weight than non-refunded members.
How a mobile app is boosting vegetable intake in those that need it most.
June 2018 - Download the report
An exploration of the personality traits of over 90,000 Australians
September 2017 - Download the report
A scientific study of 5,594 members who have completed Program 1 of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet.
June 2017 - Download the report
A deep dive into the self-reported fruit, vegetable and juice consumption of 145,000 Australian adults. With Horticulture Innovation Australia.
April 2017 - Download the report
Australia's largest ever diet survey confirms we're not as healthy as we think we are.
September 2016 - Download the report
The diet has been extensively researched with results published in medical and nutrition journals internationally. See the list of publications below.