Contrary to the low carb, high protein mantra of the media, new research shows that diets high in carbohydrates and low in protein keep weight gain in check. Professor Tim Key from the University of Oxford led the study which followed the eating habits of 22,000 people over a period of five years.

The research compared weight gain among those who ate meat, those who ate fish, vegetarians and vegans. Those who consumed meat gained an average of 4.4 pounds while vegetarians and vegans only half a pound. The weight gain of fish eaters fell in between the two groups.

Additional research from the Imperial College in London has recently found that vegetarians also have lower blood pressure than those who eat meat. The study of almost 4,700 people from the US, China and Japan shows that the more vegetable protein one consumes, the lower their blood pressure.

It is exceedingly common to gain weight with age. It is also becoming much more common to have high blood pressure. The good news is that you can reduce or avoid both of these issues simply by making some basic healthy changes to your diet!

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