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Kicked Out Of Ketosis? The Dirty Little Secret About Ketone Testing Strips

[Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. I might receive a small commission if you purchase something by using one of those links.] Confused about how ketone testing strips actually work? Do you think you've been kicked out of ketosis because they suddenly turned tan? Many low-carb dieters have misconceptions about Ketostix and blood ketone levels, so in this post, we are going to clear out some of those myths and misunderstandings. You'll get the truth about testing strips and learn what really causes those high blood ketone levels. If you hang out at low-carb forums for any length of time, you're bound to hear again and again how someone recently got kicked out of the state of ketosis, and they are looking for a fast way to get back in. Out of all of the issues that you can have with a low-carb lifestyle, understanding ketone testing strips is one of the biggies. “I got kicked out of ketosis,” is one of the most common complaints I hear. And while that may or may not be true, depending on the situation, there are a lot of misconceptions about the role that ketones and ketone testing strips play in a low-carb diet. Even those who are using a blood meter often go by Continue reading >>

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  1. Miett

    Raawr. I've been really careful about my diet (this is the second week), but despite not a single cheat, I've woken up to a keto stick that shows only "trace" amounts of ketones, even if I've managed to get up to "moderate" the afternoon before. I've gone over my foods really carefully to weed out any secret carbs, but I can't find any. My general routine is this:
    breakfast shake: coffee, one scoop low carb whey protien, egg, heavy cream, cinnamon, a shot of sugar free torani syup
    lunch: sandwich meat and cream cheese wrapped in lettuce, avocado with lime juice
    snack: chia seed pudding (chia seeds, sugar free almond milk)
    Dinner: some kind of meat with homemade mustard based BBQ sauce + broccoli and brussels sprouts roasted in bacon fat.
    I tend to get hungry again around 10pm but just drink a bunch of water.
    Then I wake up the next morning with a keto stick looking like I ate a whole cake the night before. What am I doing wrong??
    Edit: Thanks very much for the replies! I clearly didn't really understand how the keto sticks work, and was letting them dictate whether I felt successful or not. The hydration issue makes a lot of sense - I guzzle water all the live-long day, which explains why the sticks never register very high.

  2. tigerwaitress

    Keto sticks are like pregnancy tests. You are in or out. It does not matter what 'level' you are in as long as you are in. The level has more to do with your hydration levels. You actually don't want the dark purple colors cuz that mean you are probably dehydrated. It seems like you are just better hydrated in the mornings for some reason. Keep calm and keto on.

  3. ICOrthogonal

    Try not to get worked up over this. If you're registering anything at all on the ketostix, you're in ketosis.
    The interesting thing about ketostix is, once you learn what they measure and how they work, you'll understand that you could even register 0 on the ketostix and still be in ketosis.
    While ketostix can be great motivators and can reassure people that they are "doing it right" when they see dark purple, don't assume that a negative reading means you aren't in ketosis.
    Key points to remember:
    Ketostix only measure 1 of the 3 types of ketones you produce.
    Ketostix only measure excess ketones that are shunted off into your urine for excretion.
    Over time, your body will produce less of the type of ketone measured by ketostix.
    If you are eating 20g carbs/day or less, you are pretty much assured to be in ketosis, regardless of what the magic pee sticks tell you.
    If you really want to know what's going on regarding your nutritional ketosis, measure serum (blood) ketone levels.

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