CSIRO tool helps Aussies with diet mindset

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

The CSIRO has developed a free, personalised tool to help Australians better understand their diet mindset. The aim is to help combat motivation slumps in the new year and beyond.

Based on psychology and behavioural science, the new ‘Start Strong’ Diet Quiz assesses participants’ values and readiness for change.

It also provides a motivational map to guide those seeking to improve their overall health and wellbeing in 2021.

About the quiz

The quiz assesses what motivates the individual to make healthy changes to their lifestyle, including if they are more motivated to change their diet, increase their exercise or monitor their measurements, and provides practical tips based on lifestyle choices, passions and aspirations to help them personalise their weight loss plan.

An analysis of  CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet members found that most enter the program with high levels of motivation and commitment to lose weight.

Motivations to make healthy changes

Amongst members, 93 per cent were motivated to lose weight to feel good and improve their quality of life. Health was a close second with 89 per cent of people motivated by this.

People classified as obese were mostly motivated to lose weight for their health (92 per cent). 41 per cent were motivated by their family, while trigger events such as a wedding or a death motivated 19 per cent. Being recommended to lose weight by their doctor, was also a reason to take action.

CSIRO behavioural scientist, Dr Emily Brindal said understanding your reasons for starting a weight loss program is critical to your commitment.

“‘New year, new me’ resolutions are often spur of the moment. Despite our best intentions, motivation levels can drop over time.”

“The ‘Start Strong’ Diet Quiz will help Australians take stock of their mindset, and provide prompts to boost their motivation for diet and exercise. It helps ensure they start their weight loss program with the information they need to improve their health.”

The Motivators Program

The CSIRO is also launching the Motivators program.

This innovation will teams new starters with experienced members to keep them accountable and supported throughout the program.

CSIRO research scientist, Dr Gilly Hendrie, said the program enhancements  have been developed to help boost Australians chances of weight loss success.

“Our research shows that lockdown took its toll on the minds and bodies of Australians,” Dr Hendrie said.

“The CSIRO is thrilled to offer Australians science-based tools to help on their journey to becoming their best selves.”

To take the new CSIRO Start Strong Diet Quiz head to www.totalwellbeingdiet.com

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