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How To Tell If You Are In Ketosis Without Strips

A ketogenic diet is having a minor resurgence as of late, surpassing low carb diets for fat loss. The idea of keto dieting is to use all of your bodies glucose reserves and burn ketones for energy. The body eventually reaches a state of ketosis from the result of reducing your net carb intake. People who are new to a low carb high fat, ketogenic diet often ask what are the signs, symptoms and how to tell if you are in ketosis without strips. If you’ve never been in ketosis before then you may not even realize you are in it. The human body is quite remarkable being able to switch from burning glucose for energy to ketones. Your body experiences many physiological adaptions, including a decline in insulin and breakdown of fats. While Ketosis may be confirmed by urine ketone sticks and blood ketone tests, it is not always practical or convenient. You may be at work, out to eat with friends and don’t need the hassle of measuring your blood or urine levels of ketones. There are many small signs and symptoms of ketosis which can help your analysis. Sleep and Ketosis No matter what type of diet you follow, after a good nights sleep you are already in light ketosis. While you have fast Continue reading >>

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  1. Vita oldie

    I have been puzzling over this for some time.
    I read or understood after reading, that it is better to test at night (diabetics are a different case as they need to check for medical reasons but may be interested.)
    Most people seem to test in the morning and also people have suggested cutting the sticks in half as they are a little pricy! This being the case then when to use them is important.
    To me testing in the morning after no food overnight seems strange as the ketosis reading will be different to that at the end of the day-when food has been eaten!
    The evening reading will be a warning that you've over done it or "joy of joys" you are on plan!
    THE DAWN INSULIN SURGE is something every has as it the bodies way of preparing us for waking and rising.
    Insulin makes the cells use energy but what we want is to have the body use an alternative-our body fat and not our muscle mass!
    This MUST have an effect on Ketosis and for those only just in Ketosis the reading could be disappointing because the insulin has caused a shift in the readings.
    This is a second reason why evening is perhaps the answer.
    I don't know if this is correct but perhaps someone with an understanding of chemistry could tell me if my reasoning is correct or if not, then why not!
    I have too much time on my hands and I want the correct answer!

  2. Vita oldie

    Showing my age!
    Could't find this on the site so assumed I hadn't posted it properly now it is down twice!!!

  3. svenskamae

    Are you talking about the pricey strips that use blood to test for nutritional ketosis, rather than the urine ketostix? The Phinney and Volek book says that readings for ketosis level are lowest in the morning, so if you were "in ketosis" (reading 0.5 or higher) then, you would presumably be so throughout the day, unless you ate enough carbs to throw you out of ketosis. (Presumably your early morning ketosis reading is reflecting more or less how your body processed what you ate the preceding day). But I think you could pick any time that was convenient for you, so long as you always tested at that time of day. Hope this helps.

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