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Ketone Sticks....what Colours Mean!

Ketone Sticks (Ketostix) - What the colours mean When I bought my Ketone Strips recently, I was provided with a leaflet explaining about Ketosis and the different colours. I thought I would share as I know there has been some confusion... Ketone Strips are used for Urinalysis of Ketones (Acetoacetic Acid). Ketostix provides a fast, convenient way of testing urine for the presence and concentration of Ketones. 1) A colour change means you are excreting ketones, burning fat and are in Ketosis but it is wise to remember that it is possible to be in Ketosis and NOT lose or even to gain weight. While a positive test means you are burning fat as your promary fuel it does not necessarily mean you are losing weight.. 2) The degree of colour chage is NOT important with respect to identifying ketosis - you are either in ketosis or not, the sticks do not accurately measure degree in all people. Different people get different colours and this is completely unrelated to either their degree of weightloss or their adherance to the plan. 3) No colour change does not necessarily mean you are not in ketosis. Some people never see a change. No change just means that the sticks are detecting none of t Continue reading >>

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  1. ohh_danielson

    So started keto 5/6 weeks back, all going well - went 3 weeks without a cheat day/meal.
    Approx macros are 240g protein, 140g fat, 30g carbs.
    Since then I have my 1 cheat day a week, apart from 2 weeks back when I had two parties to go to, so i ate properly on the Friday then drank on night (was first time drinking in about 3 weeks), then the saturday I ate about 250-300g of carbs, and went to party and drank. That's the only time I 'slipped' if you like, so i kinda had a 2 carb day weekend.
    Anyway that was 2 weeks ago nearly, and since then only had 1 carb day.
    I have tried ketostix during the intial first 3 weeks phase, then every few days since then, and there is hardly any colour change, probs none. I have tried first thing in morning, after weight training, after football... and nothing!
    I count everything I eat, most days i eat approx 20g carbs, most I go upto is about 27g.
    I am a bit worried my body isnt in ketosis, I mean it should be right? But the stix and putting doubt in my mind!!

  2. BettySwallocks

    try lowering the carbs even further if possible?

  3. billly9

    ohh_danielson said:

    So started keto 5/6 weeks back, all going well - went 3 weeks without a cheat day/meal.
    Approx macros are 240g protein, 140g fat, 30g carbs.
    Since then I have my 1 cheat day a week, apart from 2 weeks back when I had two parties to go to, so i ate properly on the Friday then drank on night (was first time drinking in about 3 weeks), then the saturday I ate about 250-300g of carbs, and went to party and drank. That's the only time I 'slipped' if you like, so i kinda had a 2 carb day weekend.
    Anyway that was 2 weeks ago nearly, and since then only had 1 carb day.
    I have tried ketostix during the intial first 3 weeks phase, then every few days since then, and there is hardly any colour change, probs none. I have tried first thing in morning, after weight training, after football... and nothing!
    I count everything I eat, most days i eat approx 20g carbs, most I go upto is about 27g.
    I am a bit worried my body isnt in ketosis, I mean it should be right? But the stix and putting doubt in my mind!!
    I think your protein is too high in comparison to your fats. As far as I'm aware proper ketosis occurs when you consume more fat than anything in your diet. I think the ratio should be about 65/35 Fat-to-protein. This equates to roughly equal quantities of food - e.g. 160g Fat, 160g Protein.

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