Dietary carbohydrate restriction improves metabolic syndrome independent of weight loss.

This 4 week study with obese subjects demonstrated that even without the weight loss, a Low carbohydrate diet can improve various markers of metabolic syndrome.
A low carb diet more effective at lowering triglycerides, increasing HDL and decreasing small LDL particles.

Table 3 from this study summarizes the values of these parameters.

The authors concluded that the metabolic benefits of a low carbohydrate diet are independent of weight loss.

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