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By nubody6551289, Jul 22 2016 04:44PM

High in healthy fats and low in carbohydrates, ketogenic diets work, for the most part, because they make you feel full. While dietary fat has historically been demonized by healthcare professionals, new research suggests that low-fat diets can actually lower hormones like adiponectin, which works to curb your appetite naturally.

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process that results in weight loss because your body has lower levels of carbohydrates, resulting in fat being burned instead. While you can achieve ketosis naturally after a few weeks of very strict dieting, there are now over the counter products like KETO/OS that will immediately put your body into ketosis, allowing you to lose weight more quickly. This is where a lifestyle with a healthy fat intake comes in.

Feeling hungry is the number one enemy of any weight loss journey. Low-fat, low-carb diets and exercise fail to create durable weight loss 98% of the time. Fat is not something to avoid, it actually plays a key role in keeping you feeling satisfied, and plays a big part in keeping you mentally focused and driven.

"What do you want to lose? FAT!," says south Louisiana weight loss physician Kathy Tracy, MD. "As long as you give your body carbs, it won't learn how to make energy from fat. The best way to re-train your metabolism to burn fat for fuel (also known as ketosis) is to feed it fat while depriving it from carbs." Dr. Tracy has worked in the bariatrics discipline for 17 years, and has been a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians for 8 years.

If you are trying to lose weight, or just want to optimize your body's ability to burn fat and feel full, this medically proven combination of low carbs, healthy fats, and over the counter supplements like KETO/OS is changing the way that we lose weight. Gone are the hunger pains, mental fog, and exhaustion associated with a low-carb, low-fat diet.

Put some real cream in your coffee, put some real butter on your eggs, and get out there and feel great!

By nubody6551289, Jun 6 2016 03:04PM

It's no surprise that living a low carb dining out in Acadiana can be a challenge for even those with the strongest self control. With delicious temptations literally around every corner, it's easy to fall off the wagon when a friend or colleague invites you out to dinner. A lack of variety in meal options can cause people to quit their meal plans before they reach their ideal weight. With a little will power and some insight, it is relatively easy to enjoy appetizers and entrees in Cajun country without wrecking your healthy eating habits.

Our NuBody staff writer sampled dishes from popular Acadiana restaurants and compiled a list of suggested appetizers and entrees that are both delicious and friendly to a keto lifestyle.

Ruffino's

Appetizer: Crabmeat Cheesecake

This is not your average cheesecake. Ruffino's has created a low carb savory appetizer that will rock your tastebuds. With a crust made of pecans and butter and a rich filling made from lump crabmeat, eggs and cheese, you can share this with a friend to cut calories.

Entree: Spinalis

Spinalis is an underrated cut of beef. Similar to a skirt or flank steak, this is possibly the meatiest, most flavorful, tender, and buttery steak you will find anywhere. Ruffino's has placed this steak on their "Chef's Cuts" portion of the menu for good reason. Served with a side of scrumptious, garlicky, al dente green beans (haricots verts), substitute the wild mushroom bread pudding for double beans to round out a filling, guilt free, keto-friendly dinner.

Zea Rotisserie & Grill

Appetizer: Fresh Shrimp Lettuce Wrap

Zea has a ton of yummy appetizers, but if you are looking to stay on track with a ketogenic diet and avoid substitutions, this lettuce wrap appetizer is one of the healthiest and most filling dishes on the menu. Fresh gulf shrimp are tossed with feta cheese, briny calamata olives, and olive oil. Use the sriracha hummus very sparingly (1 tbsp or less) to avoid a spike in blood sugar.

Entree: Pesto Trout

Beware of sauces when you are dining out anywhere, Zea is no exception. Many of the sauces on their menu are described as "sweet and spicy," or "sweet and tangy," which are almost always indications of hidden sugars. The delicious pesto encrusted trout is a lower calorie, sugar-free dish that packs a punch of flavor. When choosing two sides to compliment your fresh grilled gulf fish, go for the thai snap beans and braised cabbage.

Marcello's Wine Market & Cafe

Appetizer: Fresh Mussels

If you are a seafood lover, mussels are a great source of protein, and are usually served cooked, unlike oysters. Marcello's mussels are steamed until fully cooked, then tossed in a spicy mix of pureed tomatoes, white wine, saffron and crushed red pepper.

Entree: Pesce Limone

A signature dish at Marcello's, their gulf catch of the day is topped with a lemon, butter and caper sauce with a side of grilled asparagus.

Fat Pat's

Didn't think you would find a burger joint on this list? Fat Pat's is very friendly about making dishes with substitutions, which is something you should look for in a restaurant when living a keto lifestyle. Any of Fat Pat's burgers and sandwiches can be ordered with no bun. Avoid sauces that may contain sugars. Go ahead, make it a double cheeseburger!

Legend's Annex

"Legendary" for their big, juicy burgers, owner Jared Doise decided to add healthy options to his Legend's Annex menu several years back when he made a decision to eat healthier in his own life. The Legend's Grilled Chicken Salad mixes deliciously seasoned lean chicken, fresh greens, portabello mushrooms and red onions with a spicy and tangy vinaigrette. Stick with simple vinaigrettes like this one when you are ordering salads anywhere for maximum flavor and minimum guilt.

Remember Not To Give Up

There are so many ways to enjoy the bounty of amazing food that we have available to us in South Louisiana. Don't be afraid to ask for substitutions, watch out for hidden sugars, and share appetizers to cut calories. If you are going to have a cocktail or two with dinner, stick with clear alcohols like gin and vodka, and do your research on mixers. Add flavor with no sugar by using lemons, limes and olive juice to give your drink a spark of flavor. My personal favorite is a dirty Grey Goose martini, which has 0 net carbs and 150 calories.

Bon Apetit, Acadiana!

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