The CSIRO’s new Low-Carb Diet rethinks healthy eating – slashing carbs and putting healthy fats back on the menu

CARB-CONTROL DEFINITIONS

Quantities according to the CSIRO team

Very low-carb or ketogenic diet = 20-50g a day

Low-carb = 50-130g a day

Moderate-carb = 130-230g a day

High-carb = 230g or more a day

COMPARING THE DIETS

Comparison of low-carb diets requires research, with some counts including subtractions for fibre, and “bootcamp”
periods ranging from two to six weeks, but in a nutshell:

THE CSIRO LOW-CARB DIET

Starts with 50g carb a day, increasing to 70g over 12 weeks. Most foods retained, with fibre from some bread and grains, but not pasta.

THE ATKINS DIET

A strict four-phase plan developed about 40 years ago, starts with at least two weeks on less than 20g carbs a day if you have more than 7kg to lose.

PROTEIN POWER

Allows 30-40g “net” carbs a day, which is carbs minus the fibre count, gradually increasing after weight loss.

THE PALEO WAY (PETE EVANS)

A paleolithic or hunter-gatherer diet that begins with a 10-week program based on low-carb and organic foods.

THE DUKAN DIET

A strict “attack” phase, 1-7 days, where even salad vegetables aren’t allowed. Unlimited lean protein, plus 1.5 tbs oat bran per day. Carbs slowly introduced over three more phases.

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