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Ketogenic Diet Faq

With all the new people finding, switching, and transitioning into a low carb diet, I figured it was about time I put together an FAQ on all the common questions that are asked when someone is starting out. I don’t go too in depth in the answers, but I tried to give a direct answer and then link to a more in depth article on the topic to help you fully understand it. If you have any other questions you’d like to be added, changed, or are unsure about – please feel free to leave a comment below so I can fully explain, or make changes to the answers on this page. Best wishes, and to all the new people out there – good luck and happy dieting! Frequently Asked Questions Click any of the questions below and it will take you to the answer. How Long Does It Take To Get Into Ketosis? A ketogenic diet is not a diet that you can whimfully choose to go on and off of at any point. It takes time for your body to adjust and go into a state known as ketosis. This process? Anywhere from 2 – 7 days, depending on your body type, activity levels, and what you’re eating. The fastest way to get into ketosis is to exercise on an empty stomach, restrict your carbohydrate intake to 20g or less Continue reading >>

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  1. loislane

    Measuring ketones?

    I have been eating low carb (prob less than 40-50/day ... TC - not net carbs) for about 2 months now. Haven't made a conscious decision to go keto but am curious how close/far I am given this level of eating.
    Seems like the strips are the cheapest way to go - are there particular brands that are better than others, and do results differ significantly the way they do with meters?
    How frequently do you measures (daily, weekly, etc.)

    I've read you need to maintain between 1 and 3 to be in keto - is there any benefit to having some ketones but not at that level? How long does it take you get back once you slip out with a meal or day?
    TIA!

  2. SuperMario

    Originally Posted by loislane
    I have been eating low carb (prob less than 40-50/day ... TC - not net carbs) for about 2 months now. Haven't made a conscious decision to go keto but am curious how close/far I am given this level of eating. That is pretty good. Congrats on being so consistent and on the track!

    Originally Posted by loislane
    Seems like the strips are the cheapest way to go - are there particular brands that are better than others, and do results differ significantly the way they do with meters? Yes, sticks are dirt cheap but ridden with problems. I don't think that there is much significant difference between brands including generic one. Here are few issues:
    - It may get a little tricky to compare colors to get the accurate reading.
    - Even if you have luck with matching colors, the ranges shown are pretty "approximate".
    - If you are in ketosis for a while (seems like you maybe that case), urine keto strips stop showing the full extent of your ketosis, i.e. readings are low despite the fact that your ketones are up. The issue is that urine strips test only for acetoacetate ketones, and not for more important beta hydroxybutyrate.
    - So, keto urine sticks may not be very useful for what you are trying to do at the moment, but certainly better something than nothing.
    I would recommend using Blood Ketone Meter. For example, Xtra Precision which costs around $25 plus $3-$4/ketone strip. You can find good prices on Amazon.

    Originally Posted by loislane
    How frequently do you measures (daily, weekly, etc.) It is enough in the morning (to save $ esp. on blood ketone strips). If you want to experiment and have more fun, you can do it after longer period of not eating food during the day.

    Originally Posted by loislane
    I've read you need to maintain between 1 and 3 to be in keto - is there any benefit to having some ketones but not at that level? How long does it take you get back once you slip out with a meal or day?
    Ideal range is 1.5-3.0 mmol. Light nutritional ketosis is 0.5-1.5 mmol. See below.
    Yes, there is some benefit to being in "light" ketosis as opposed into the "full".
    If you slip, on average, it may take 2-4 days to get back to the track.

  3. CalgaryDiabetic

    The best strips are freestyle blood strips that measure Betahydroxybutyrate. Urine strips measure god only knows what.

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