A new study links low-carb, plant-based diets to decreased weight gain over time.

According to a new study, eating plant-based proteins and lipids coupled with whole grains may aid to decrease long-term weight gain.

Researchers at Harvard University in the United States discovered that this type of low-carbohydrate (or low-carb) diet was superior for long-term weight maintenance when compared to diets high in meat and refined carbs.

Close marketing Low-carb diets have already been linked to favorable short-term weight changes, but researchers claim that little research has been done on the long-term effects of these diets on our weight.

"Our study goes beyond the simple question of, 'To carb or not to carb?'" Binkai Liu, a research assistant in Harvard's nutrition department and the study's principal author, stated in a statement.

"It dissects the low-carbohydrate diet and provides a nuanced look at how the composition of these diets can affect health over years, not just weeks or months."

The findings were published in the journal JAMA Network Open last week.

More than 120,000 people took part in the survey, which spanned three studies from 1986 to 2018. Every four years, participants provided self-reported updates on their diets and weight.

The researchers examined five different types of low-carb diets, including those that emphasized animal-sourced protein and fat as well as those that emphasized more plant-sourced protein and fat.

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