The CSIRO program


In this episode, dietitian Katrina Mills joins me on the show to discuss the CSIRO diet. Find out if the CSIRO program is or Hot or Not ? My co-host Wes and I start off by discussing the topic, ‘Judging a book by its cover’. There’s been a lot of discussion on social media about who gives out medical and health advice, but should someone’s body weight be factored into their degree of credibility?

This month’s series, we have reviewed a range of popular diets on the market. For previous episodes you can head over to the podcast tab. Regrettably, I will only be producing the podcast once a month from now on. So please if you enjoy the show leave us a review on iTunes and sponsor the show personally by visiting our Pateron page.

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Judging a book by its cover

 2.00 Todays topic ‘judging a book by its cover’. Example; if a dietitian is not seen as “skinny” or the equivalent of a lean model, then we shouldn’t listen to them. Being “skinny” seems to be how people measure the degree of knowledge a health professional has. Is this right?

2.50 There is nothing wrong with being skinny, but the notion that you have to be skinny as a health professional, to be credible, is just wrong.

3.18 This prejudice isn’t just in the dietetics profession, but across the board of health professional in general. In industry studies researchers have shown that Doctors who hold extra weight are reluctant to coach patients on weight loss and improving their health, because of the perception that they will then be judged and questioned about their own body weight. In other words doctors don’t want to come across as hypocritical. Which is very sad. This means that patients are losing out on health advice because social norms are preventing them from doing so.

4.10 It puts a lot of presumptions on the person who they are judging. The presumptions being that the health professional giving out the advice:

  1. Wants to be leaner.
  2. Is unhappy with the way they look.
  3. That there is anything wrong with being a normal size within the health weight range.
  4. That the only reason some one goes to see a dietitian or health professional is for weight loss.

4.40 The biggest assumption people make is that weight loss is the only problem medical professional see people for, which is untrue. Health professionals see people with a range of health conditions often unrelated to body weight.

5.00 How do you know anything about the person and their health status just by looking at them? There could be underlying medical issues that are causing this person to gain weight. How do you know what kind of diet people these professionals are eating?

5.30 This in my eyes is prejudice. People are making assumptions about some ones ability to do their job based on their body weight, which is non-sense. It’s just another form of discrimination, because their body weight has nothing to do with their skills, knowledge or ability in that area.

6.00 The same thing is said about personal trainers, that if a personal trainer doesn’t look a certain way, why should they take training advice from them? But that also makes the assumption that trainers want to look a certain way and build muscle. A personal trainer might be doing their job because they enjoy it, not because they want to look a certain way.

6.40 This even goes for athletes. As a dietitian we no longer strive for “body types” or levels of body fat with athletes. This is because athletes have their own individualised happy medium in which they can perform at their best. 

7.10 Females are discriminated in sports by the way they look all the time. Some times the media and the public deem them as “unfit” when they put on weight. Athletes are normal people, they age and their body shape changes. You would expect body shape to change over your lifetime due to hormones and age. It doesn’t necessarily mean the person is unfit.

8.31 You can’t judge an athlete by they way they look. Ultimately, you can’t judge a book by its cover.

12.38 Regardless of body type, people can do amazing things. We should get rid of stereotypes and prejudice.

13.43 People can be lean and still have type 2 diabetes. There are so many factors that lead to poor health that has nothing to do with body weight. 

14.30 The podcast is only going to go live once a month. So look for the latest release at the end of March. We are going to talk about time under tension on the next release.

The CSIRO wellbeing diet

With Dietitian Katrina Mills 

15.14 CSIRO wellbeing diet is finally a diet program that is safe and credible. It’s a health improvement program, which is administered throughout pharmacies. Within the program it assesses individuals; weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose. You sign up to the program by visiting a pharmacist who has been trained by a dietitian.

16.24 The CSIRO program is a formulated meal replacement program with menus consisting of high protein meals. It provides ongoing support from trained pharmacy staff. It’s research based and it has been tested on a large group of people. The CSIRO has conducted this research and has shown that throughout their wellbeing programs earlier weight loss, predicts long-term success on the program. That’s why they designed this program to contain meal replacement shakes to get the weight off faster.

17.09 Unlike other meal replacement programs,the CSIRO program has ongoing lifestyle modifications and training. For example meal plans are provided to be used during the program and after its over. They also include a range of products such as soups and bars. They state that using meal replacements and providing food modifications seems to be the most beneficial to the success of individuals on this program. They have a mobile phone app that gives you feed back, food ideas and support from the pharmacist. The pharmacist continues to do ongoing health checks.

18.36 The research behind the CSIRO program has been done by the CSIRO, and the plans have been formulated by dietitians and nutritionists.

19.05 The CSIRO program provides individualised modifications, it looks at your overall health and it’s evidence based.

19.20 The CSIRO website has lots of positive reviews, weight loss success stories and people say they like the taste of the products.

19.50 This diet is different to usual meal replacement programs, because it teaches you how to use real food outside of using meal replacement shakes. The CSIRO program also has accountability and support, which we know aids in someone’s success. Having a health professional is useful to overcoming barriers that might make you derail off plan. This diet isn’t a one-size fits all approach.

22.01 The meal replacements themselves contain two different types of fibre, they also contain a very high protein content. The fibers help maintain gut flora and aid in feelings of fullness. The types of fiber are oats Beta-glucan, fiber sol inulin and high maize starch. It also has low GI carbohydrates. It’s a very complete product.

23.02 You use the shake powder with milk. So you are using a wholefood product. You can also use snack bars, which is much smaller than their meal replacement bar, which has 17g of protein 817kj. Beta-glucan helps reduce cholesterol. Lots of products on the market using this type of fiber to improve health. See previous blog post about Beta-glucan this topic here.

24.35 If you don’t have high cholesterol, having fibre is generally good for your health anyway. Finally a Hot Diet!


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