How Do You Check If You Are In Ketosis?

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5 Ways To Measure Your Ketones

5 Ways to Measure Your Ketones A ketogenic diet is a very low carbohydrate, moderate protein and high fat based nutrition plan. A ketogenic diet trains the individual’s metabolism to run off of fatty acids or ketone bodies. This is called fat adapted, when the body has adapted to run off of fatty acids/ketones at rest. Research has demonstrated that this nutrition plan improves insulin sensitivity and reduces inflammation throughout the body. This leads to greater fat metabolism and muscle development as well as a reduced risk of chronic disease. (1, 2). I get asked all the time how to measure the state of ketosis. There are several major ways and we will discuss those in this article. Measuring Your Ketones There are three types of ketone bodies: Acetone, Acetoacetate and Beta-Hydroxybutryate (BHB). Each of these three can be tested as acetone is a ketone released through the breath, acetoacetate is a ketone released through urine and BHB is (although not technically a ketone it acts like a ketone) in the blood stream and used by the cells for energy. 1. Blood Ketone Meter This measures BHB and is considered to be the most accurate way to measure ketone bodies. These have the ab Continue reading >>

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  1. saxybandgeek1

    I know the general rule is if you eat <25g carbs a day you should be in ketosis but I've also heard certain sweeteners can throw you out.
    I'll probably buy keto sticks eventually but I just don't want to spend the money right now

  2. Targash

    If you're eating 20 net grams and you're a human being you're in ketosis. Minimal carbs and brain still functions? Ketosis!

  3. WillowWagner

    You don't need keto sticks period. Some people have negative reactions to some foods. If too much of a particular food leaves you with carb cravings, or with stomach troubles, or changes in mood or sleep, that's likely a food sensitivity issues. It doesn't mean you've stopped making or burning ketones.
    You can get a blood ketone meter and spend $2 or $3 per test strip, unless you have a specific medical condition to address, that's a lot of money to prove what you already know.

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