The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet (TWD) is one of the brand-new weight loss programs, which joined the diet community in 2005. The diet originates from Australia, where it was created by Dr. Manny Noakes and Dr. Peter Clifton, the experts in nutrition from the Australian national science agency CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization).
The history of the Total Wellbeing Diet started in 1980th, when the scientists initiated their first research of the diet-related issues. Since then a lot of clinical trials and surveys were conducted to study different weight-loss strategies deeply and to compare the results of following those programs.
As a result, scientists found out that following the high-protein, low-fat diet was more beneficial for dieters than following the traditional high-carbohydrates, low-fat diet. This finding formed the basement for the further development of the eating plan, known as the Total Wellbeing Diet.
The first book on the TWD principles was published in 2005 in Australia, where it quickly became a bestseller. In 2006 the diet book became available in the United States of America.
Increased amount of protein in the daily ration is the key idea of the Total Wellbeing Diet. A dieter is encouraged to receive up to 30 - 35 % of his daily calories from protein sources, such as lean meat, fish, eggs or low fat dairy products. The consumption of carbohydrates is reduced, though low glycemic carbohydrates remain an important part of the diet, providing fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
All in all, the diet is designed to show the way to healthy eating and teach dieters to choose healthy foods. Weight loss is achieved by controlling the portion sizes and amount of calories in each meal. When on the Total Wellbeing Diet, one may expect about 1-2 pounds off every week.
Scientific background of the diet, its clear and understandable structure, as well as the diet flexibility to suite people with different eating habits and energy requirements, are undoubtedly the advantages of the Total Wellbeing Diet.
On the other hand, the increased amount of protein in the daily ration, unsuitability for vegetarians and potentially high cost of products are the most commonly criticized issues of the Total Wellbeing Diet.