New Keto Zone offers low-carb meals prepared to go
MANSFIELD – Les Kiser says he’s proof that the foods he now sells help people feel better and lose weight.
Kiser, the owner and head chef of The Keto Zone, 1321 Lexington Ave., has more than 30 years of restaurant experience and cooks regularly for individuals who are homeless at Mosaic Church.
Now he has his own eatery, and on Wednesday he celebrated its grand opening with his staff and members of the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce. Currently the eatery offers foods to go only.
Kiser said he believes “God put me here” from his new business, which offers low-carb meals prepared to go that are ketogentic, diabetic and Atkins friendly.
Kiser, 57, said he weighed 299 pounds more than a year and a half ago and was able to lose the first 30 pounds — then learned about Keto and lost 55 more pounds.
“A friend of mine said go on Keto and I researched Keto and loved what I was reading,” he said. “I’ve been cooking this way for a year and a half now at church, giving people food and everyone is always saying, ‘You should open a restaurant.'”
The friendly Mansfield man, who in the past operated a train store on Lexington Avenue, said he now feels 30 years younger.
“Keto makes you feel good. It’s not just losing weight. That’s what it is all about,” he said.
He and his staff offer salads, sweets and beverages. Entrees include Italian stuffed cabbage, breadless hot Italian sub sandwich, Italian zucchini spaghetti, lasagna (pasta-free noodles) and meat sauce, grain-free breaded and baked chicken, grain-free breaded and baked pork chops and meat loaf. They also offer low-carb pizza.
The Keto Zone sells products including monkfruit sweetner, calorie-free syrups and sugar-free ketchup, barbecue sauce and more.
He plans to offer free seminars on the topic at the site, and he plans to put up a chart listing people who have lost weight.
“Once you get past the first three weeks, it’s not even a diet anymore,” Kiser said. “The more fat you eat, the more fat you lose, because you’re burning fat.”
He now exercises too and has a lot of energy.
“This is going back in time. This is how people used to eat. Keto was started in the 1950s,” Kiser said. He suggested people watch “The Magic Pill” on Netflix.
About two years ago, Kiser said he was in the hospital for two weeks in the ICU. “They said I should’ve died and when I got out of there I realized I was 300 pounds, having difficulty breathing, my heart, everything, blood pressure problems, from top to bottom,” he said.
He said people love his cooking so far.
The store, which opened May 21, is open six days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and closed Wednesdays.