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9 Signs Of Being In Ketosis – Monitor Your Progress

Ketogenic diets have become a popular way to lose weight and that isn’t terribly surprising. Essentially, this type of diet is a variation of low carb dieting, where your carbohydrate consumption is so low that the body is burning fat for energy, instead of carbs. Doing so produces ketone bodies, which is where the diet gets its name (1). Ketosis is appealing for weight loss because you are burning fat and also because the diet tends to reduce hunger (2). At the same time, the diet has also been linked to other benefits for health, such as lowering insulin levels (3), improving cholesterol and lipid profiles in the blood (4), along with potentially decreasing risk for heart disease, epilepsy and cancer (5,6). One of the challenges with this type of diet is figuring out when you are actually in ketosis. In most cases, you can just follow a ketosis diet. But, individual people do vary in the carb intake needed to reach ketosis, which can complicate matters. In particular, some people need to lower their carb intake further than others to enter into ketosis. With that in mind, this post offers 9 important signs of being in ketosis. Watching out for these signs can help you figure ou Continue reading >>

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  1. Capricorn1

    Hi, I never know if I am in ketosis or not since I don’t have ketosis strips. I am losing weight very slow with crazy ups and downs, mostly because of my water retention.
    I am wondering is there are any physical signs of being in ketosis? Is it possible to feel it?
    Also, do you think the fact that I retain water indicates that I am not in the ketosis? (I do drink my 1.5 L of water per day).
    Thx!

  2. kristie88

    Im so glad you asked this question because I have been wondering myself. eveyone here is helpful so im sure you will get your answer.

  3. FatCat

    Yes there are ways to tell if you are in ketosis. You may, or may not have any or all of the signs, but here are some signs:
    Thirst
    metallic or sweet taste in the mouth
    bad breath that can be hard to get rid of
    stronger smelling urine
    stronger body odor
    best of all.....lack of appetite

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Breath Acetone Is A Reliable Indicator Of Ketosis In Adults Consuming Ketogenic Meals1,2,3

Abstract Background: Ketogenic diets are used therapeutically to treat intractable seizures. Clinically, it appears that the maintenance of ketosis is crucial to the efficacy of the diet in ameliorating seizures. To understand how ketosis and seizure protection are related, a reliable, noninvasive measure of ketosis that can be performed frequently with minimal discomfort is needed. Objective: The objective was to determine which index, breath acetone or urinary acetoacetate, is more strongly related to the plasma ketones acetoacetate and β-hydroxybutyrate. Design: After fasting overnight for 12 h, 12 healthy adults consumed 4 ketogenic meals over 12 h. Blood, breath, and urine samples were collected hourly. Blood was analyzed for plasma acetoacetate and β-hydroxybutyrate, breath for acetone, and urine for acetoacetate. Results: By the end of the 12-h dietary treatment, plasma acetoacetate, plasma β-hydroxybutyrate, and breath acetone had increased 3.5-fold, whereas urinary acetoacetate increased 13-fold when measured enzymatically and 25-fold when measured with urinary ketone dipsticks. Plasma acetoacetate was best predicted by breath acetone (R2 = 0.70, P < 0.0001). Plasma β- Continue reading >>

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  1. Margot LaNoue

    A few methods:
    - pee on a stick. There's a generic brand (I use Walgreen's) and the official brand. In general, they're called "ketone test strips" and they will change colors depending on the amount of ketone bodies in your urine. There is no "perfect level" of ketone bodies; you are either in ketosis or you are not. You will find these test strips in the same isle as the diabetic test stuff.
    - smell your breath. It will smell *awful* because a side product of ketosis is acetone in the urine and breath. While urine might always smell bad to you, your breath will smell truly, noticeably foul.
    - no bloating. Ketones do not bind with water the way glucose/glycogen does. You will not retain water when in ketosis. Nice!

  2. Cherie Nixon

    Warning: this might gross you out, but there's a simple answer to this question.
    OK, you want to know how you can tell? If you're in ketosis, you will often find oily residue floating in the toilet (assuming adequate lighting to see it). That's because while in ketosis, you excrete excess fat calories.

  3. Gary Wayne Nettoc

    The taste that people have mentioned is from the acetone in your breath, produced when you are in ketosis. There's a cool gadget that can measure that and let you know if you are in ketosis. KETONIX by Moose AB, Org.nr 556443-3794 It doesn't require strips or any replacement parts so in the long run it is the cheapest alternative.

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How To Beat Ketosis Bad Breath

The ketogenic diet is a diet loved by many and that’s because it is a diet that really delivers noticeable results. And noticeable results normally mean that those who are most successful in losing weight are most likely going to spread the word to as many friends as possible. What can possibly go wrong here? Well, some might be put off with the all the habit changes required while others who decide to take the plunge might find themselves in a bind with some of the negative symptoms you can expect throughout the journey. The symptoms are normally associated with most low-carb diets. This includes insomnia, diarrhea and short-term fatigue. With some determination, it is possible to overcome those. However, there is another symptom that could serve as an annoying thorn even as you approach ketosis and that’s bad breath. So if you ever find yourself with unusually bad breath while you are working so hard in changing your eating habits, don’t panic! It’s completely normal! What you need to focus on right now is getting rid of that. The key is knowing exactly what causes bad breath so you will fully understand why the solutions found in this guide are guaranteed to help to some Continue reading >>

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  1. Capricorn1

    Hi, I never know if I am in ketosis or not since I don’t have ketosis strips. I am losing weight very slow with crazy ups and downs, mostly because of my water retention.
    I am wondering is there are any physical signs of being in ketosis? Is it possible to feel it?
    Also, do you think the fact that I retain water indicates that I am not in the ketosis? (I do drink my 1.5 L of water per day).
    Thx!

  2. kristie88

    Im so glad you asked this question because I have been wondering myself. eveyone here is helpful so im sure you will get your answer.

  3. FatCat

    Yes there are ways to tell if you are in ketosis. You may, or may not have any or all of the signs, but here are some signs:
    Thirst
    metallic or sweet taste in the mouth
    bad breath that can be hard to get rid of
    stronger smelling urine
    stronger body odor
    best of all.....lack of appetite

  4. -> Continue reading
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