Exogenous Ketones: To Ketone Or Not To Ketone
My thoughts on Exogenous Ketones After being contacted (following the Youtube Q&A) by several folks – both members of Ketogains and Internet strangers, I felt compelled to write as fair and even-handed a write-up on exogenous ketone supplementation as I feel can be mustered. I condition my response by saying this – I want to deal only in evidence and hypotheses grounded in biochemistry. I admit up front that this will probably become something of a treatise on what constitutes a well-formulated ketogenic diet. I don’t have the time (or the energy) to put together a document that covers all facets of the use of exogenous ketones in sufficient depth, so what I want to do is to address the folks that I see asking me about them most often – those who have excess body fat, and are looking to lose weight. They have been told about the potential benefits to fat loss via exogenous ketones, and they want to know if the hype is real. Those of you who know me (or read my previous post here) know that I like to respond with “it depends.” So…when the question is raised, “Should I supplement with exogenous ketones?” what do you think my answer will be? Probably not! (HA, I tricked you!)…but let’s explore why. As I’m sure this is going to be hotly debated enough (as the topic is raging in numerous ketogenic groups) there isn’t any value in dealing with speculation that doesn’t have a basis in science, nor in anecdotes. The challenge in dealing with exogenous ketone supplementation is two-fold: One side of the debate has a product to sell. Anytime someone’s livelihood is tied to your purchase of their product, bias and subjective interpretation of the evidence should be considered. The evidence (either for or against) their supplemental use by average schl Continue reading >>
Exogenous Ketones Pros And Cons
What Are Exogenous Ketones? Exogenous Ketones (EK for short) are ketone supplements and by definition, a supplement is a thing added to something else in order to complete or enhance it. Think about it like building muscle, good supplements can enhance your results, but if you don’t eat right and exercise, supplements are just useless. You can’t just sit on the couch to watch TV, eat potato chips all day and drink some supplements and expect to gain muscle. A supplement is not a miracle. It’s just an addition and before you add it to your diet, you need to get the basic right first, which is dieting and exercise in the case of building muscles. The supplements are not going to lift the heavy weights for you. You do! Back to the case of EK. If you cheat on your keto diet and eat a ton of carbs, and you want to use EK as a way to feel better and less guilty about it, it’s probably not a smart choice because EK won’t do anything for you (more on this later). However, if you are eating LCHF and somehow you’re not feeling your best, EK can be helpful and we will explain more below. Our Approach We own and manage a few growing Keto Facebook groups with tens of thousands of members and we often see the exogenous ketones topic comes up. We have seen a lot of confusion and criticism as well as support from our members. Most of the complaints are normally because of the expensive price of some products, the lack of understanding about what the product is and what it does to your body or because some sellers/promoters try to bend the truth to get you buy their products or recruit you into their multi level marketing team. We recently ran a survey in our private group and asked people if they have used EK before and if it worked for them. Here’s the result: Many peopl Continue reading >>
Exogenous Ketones Reviews 2017 – A Key Supplement For The Ketogenic Diet?
There is no denying that ketones and the ketogenic diet are all the rave right now across fitness forums and the rest of the world. This goes doubly true for those on a ketogenic diet and those who are looking to key in on the fat-burning benefits of ketosis. But, what are these “ketones” that everyone seems nuts over right now? Is there any truth to the huge fat-burning benefits they can supposedly bring? Furthermore, what are the advantages of working with “exogenous ketones,” and where, exactly, do the fit in with all of this? Below we’ll take a more detailed look at some of the key components of the ketogenic diet, and why so many people are utilizing supplements like exogenous ketones to help them with the process. What Are They? Let’s start with an easy one! Exogenous ketones are a hot new product fresh on the health and fitness market that can be used for various applications related to the process of ketosis, which is most often associated with the ketogenic diet. From enhancing physical performance, burning fat as well as reducing the symptoms of ketosis the benefits of supplementing with ketones numerous. We’ve detailed a couple of good ketone supplements here on TheDietDynamo.com – KetoCaNa, and KetoForce, so if you’re looking for two reputable products, I would start there. But wait, what is Ketosis? For those who are new to the subject, ketosis is a natural metabolic state where the body prefers to use ketones as a fuel rather than the regular glucose which is transformed from carb intake. This metabolic state can be especially effective in reaching your fitness goals, helping burn fat, and building that lean, muscular look so many of us are striving for. You should know that there are different ketones produced by the body in the absence Continue reading >>
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Pruvit Keto Os Ketone Review: Overpriced? Magic? Or Both?
Pruvit KETO OS Reviews are starting to pile up on the internet, so I just wanted to get mine out there now before any more of y’all kept asking me. KETO OS Ketone system is one of those products and one of those companies that has seemed to come out of nowhere and is all of a sudden this huge, relevant thing. I didn’t know what to make of Pruvit prior to taking it for two weeks, but over the past fourteen days I’ve learned a TON about ketones, a TON about Pruvit, and I’m excited to share some of what I learned from my two week trial. I must say, you’ve found a great Pruvit Keto OS Ketone Operating System Review. I’ll tell you if it ‘worked’, a.k.a what did it make me feel like physically, mentally, etc. In addition to answering the question ‘Does Pruvit Work?’ I’ll talk through some of the ingredients and science behind Pruvit. Or at least I’ll start to and then fail brutally because I actually still don’t quite understand all of it. Lol. I’ll end the review with a packaging grade and a final Keto OS Review Final Score. Let’s get this Pruvit Review started! Now before you start raising eyebrows, gritting your teeth, and bracing for a super-obnoxious MLM sales pitch, just rest assured I’m not here to sell you this stuff. I’ll be straight up with you. I’m not a Pruvit affiliate. Lol. Ain’t nobody would want to work with rough ’n tumble Fit Life Allie anyways I bet. Because my reviews are crude, rude, and, well, honest. You don’t REALLY get that on the internet. But you’re getting it from this Pruvit review. So buckle up. I had actually never tried a Ketone supplement before (no, we’re not talking raspberry ketones here), and I have to say I was unbelievably skeptical when I started learning more about it Pruvit Keto OS. I mean Continue reading >>
My Experience With Exogenous Ketones: Tale And Truth
97 Comments I woke up the morning of the ceremony with butterflies in my stomach. I’d done the necessary prep. I’d abstained from carbs the past week and food the past 24 hours. I’d performed four consecutive full-body circuit workouts to deplete muscle glycogen, and undergone a liver biopsy to confirm full depletion of liver glycogen. I wasn’t taking any chances. Although I had extensive experience generating endogenous ketones and subsisting on my own body fat, exogenous ketones were another matter entirely. You don’t want to mess around with a holy sacrament without doing due diligence. Holy sacrament? Yes. According to ethnographic accounts from early Arctic explorers who encountered the sacred compound, the exogenous ketone was developed by traditional peoples of the wintry north. No one’s quite sure where it arose first—Siberia, Greenland, Alaska, Lapland. What they do know is that these societies revered the type 1 diabetic, a rare find in the pre-contact Arctic. Using an admittedly grisly and cruel process, these groups would starve the tribe’s diabetic to induce ketoacidosis, harvest the ketone-rich urine, and reduce it slowly to a ketone-rich tar over a wood fire. Tribe shamans would dissolve the tar in pine needle tea and distribute it to members exclusively before hunting trips, warfare, and any other activity requiring optimal physical and mental function to boost energy and improve performance. As Mark Twain famously quipped, “The strongest coffee I ever had was a Laplander’s piss.” So when I showed up to the small building on the edge of town on a rainy evening, I was anxious. What was I in for? The solemn countenances worn by my two guides for the day—Dr. Peter Attia, wearing dark robes and swinging a thurible loaded with burning Continue reading >>
What They Don’t Want You To Know About Raspberry Ketones
Before you jump on the raspberry ketone bandwagon, there are a few things you should know about this over-priced, proclaimed weight-loss miracle in a bottle. What is it? Raspberry ketone is the natural phenolic compound found in red raspberries (Rubus idaeus). In simple terms, this chemical compound gives berries their signature scent. Until recently, raspberry ketones were used primarily by the perfume and manufactured food industries, but now the compound is being sold in supplement form. Raspberry ketones have been touted as the next weight-loss miracle drug, with manufacturers claiming that the ketones help your body break down fat more efficiently, helping you to lose more weight. Is it true? Before you run to the pharmacy to pick up a bottle, at least finish reading this blog. What I’m about to share with you might surprise (or downright shock) you! Raspberry ketones have never been tested on humans in scientific studies. That’s right. You read that correctly. To date, there have been no human studies showing that raspberry ketones burn fat or benefit your weight loss. Now, if you are a rat, there are two studies of interest. One study gave male rats raspberry ketones, which resulted in an increased secretion of adiponectin, a hormone secreted by fat cells that helps the body break down fat. The result was less fat on the rat. In another rat study, the rodents were fed a high-fat diet with differing amounts of raspberry ketones. The rats that received more raspberry ketones burned more body fat and gained less fat tissue. A third study exposed fat cells in a test tube to raspberry ketones and found that the raspberry ketones stimulated the breakdown of the fat cells. I’ll agree that this is all very interesting research, but it is also considered very prelim Continue reading >>
(diet Review) Pruvit Keto/os Exogenous Ketones: Ketosis Or Not?
I’ve gotten a crazy number of requests do this Pruvit Keto/OS review. Keto/OS is a new exogenous ketone supplement that people are using to lose weight, among other things. I found very little in terms of research on exogenous ketones in humans. Exogenous ketones have been studied a bit in rats, and no one has studied them in terms of weight loss in people or in rodents. The product Keto/OS has no research behind it either, so I decided to bite the bullet and put myself on it for a week to see what would happen. I hate using small studies as proof for anything, but in this case, I had no choice. It was totally an n=1. I also hate drinking disgusting things, but again, in this case I had no choice. Sigh. Before I talk about how that all went, let’s chat about ketones and how they work in your body. What are ketones? Ketones are the byproduct of fat metabolism. When you deprive your body of it’s favorite source of energy – glucose – it starts burning your fat for fuel. That’s the premise of the ketogenic diet: burn fat, use the ketones that result as energy. Staying on the ketogenic diet is tough for most people, but it can be done, and for most healthy people, it’s probably not harmful. Check with your doctor or dietitian before starting any diet. Read my ketogenic diet review here. The issue with ketosis for weight loss is that when you break ketosis, the weight will probably come back on. If you’re a person who lives to eat and not eats to live, it might not be the best weight-loss option for you. Because a ketogenic diet is so difficult for most people to maintain, Pruvit is marketing Keto/OS by saying that you can eat a normal diet, drink Keto/OS, still go into ketosis, and lose weight when your body burns fat for energy from being in ‘ketosis’ fr Continue reading >>
Perfect Keto Review – My Experience With Exogenous Ketones
Although I definitely have a stash of supplements that I keep on hand, with everything from protein powder and vitamin D to electrolytes and BCAAs, I was always pretty skeptical about adding exogenous ketones to that collection. I’ve been keto for more than two years at this point, so certainly my body should be an expert at making it’s own ketones by now, right? And of course, the pushy sales pitches from MLM sellers on social media didn’t help at all; ketosis can certainly feel magical sometimes, but I don’t like any supplement being sold as some kind of magic instant weight loss solution. I was always curious about them though, so when I finally came across a brand of exogenous ketones that didn’t cost a fortune and also didn’t require me to join an MLM program, I decided to give it a try. Perfect Keto Base is designed to offer the benefits of exogenous ketones while “tasting better and being more affordable” than other options. I’ve been using it over the past few weeks, and since I know a lot of people have questions about exogenous ketones, I figured I would share some of my experience with Perfect Keto. What Is Perfect Keto? The main ingredient in Perfect Keto Base is beta hydroxybutyrate (BHB), one of the ketones that your body uses for energy while in ketosis. Supplementing with BHB in the form of exogenous ketones raises your blood ketone levels, which is associated with improved mood/focus, increased energy, and the other effects you might be familiar from a keto lifestyle (such as weight loss, reduced cravings, etc.). I’ve heard supplementing ketones described as being similar to a keto version of those sugary “energy chews” that a lot of runners use to boost performance/energy during races. When your body runs on carbs, you can use s Continue reading >>
Insta Ketones Review
Did you know that ketones are used to increase energy levels? Can Insta Ketones help? After researching, we dissected the ingredients, side effects and clinical studies. Then, we read hundreds of user comments to get their side of things. Then , we compiled the facts to give you the info you need. What is Insta Ketones? To start with, Insta Ketones is a powdered ketone supplement. It’s available in orange flavor and is supposed to help improve lean body mass so you look more sculpted, spike endurance levels, and kick your body into fat-burning mode. This formula contains monk fruit, beta hydroxybutyrate, and a blend of amino acids (l-leucine, l-taurine, l-tyrosine). It can potentially “increase your blood ketone level by two points.” To use it, you just add one scoop to eight ounces of cold water. This product was created by Paleo, Inc.; distributed by Julian Bakery. Online retailers such as Amazon and the official website sell the ketone drink. It’s caffeine-free, lactose-free, gluten-free, and doesn’t contain preservatives or artificial colors/flavors. Will you see an increase in energy and endurance? You’ll want to read on… Products Similar to Insta Ketones Product Price Review Musclepharm Assault read Force Factor Fuego read Fitmiss Ignite read Gnar Pump read Burn HD (Sample offer) read Taste of InstaKetones – “Bitter?” One concern is Insta Ketones ingredients. “We spotted a number of negative user remarks about the flavor of this ketones drink,” said our Research Editor. “Most people will not stick with a keto powder or energy drink if they dislike the taste.” One user posted, “I can’t get past the taste. It is extremely bitter. Adding more water helped, but it’s still really strong. I will be returning this product.” But there a Continue reading >>
Ketogenic Supplements Reviews Fast & Safe Keto Products For Weight Loss
Ketogenic supplements are taking the world by storm and the right product can steady the balance of fats that your body needs to get your body into that state of ketosis. Those of you who have tried this form of weight loss before are probably more than aware of how hard it can be to first get your body to adapt to such a dramatic change in your daily intake of food, let alone without the help of a single exogenous ketone supplement. And the situation isn’t made any easier if you use a poor quality ketosis supplement because the wrong product may actually do you more harm than good. Bad quality ketosis supplements, have proven to lead to side-effects such as constipation and increased levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in men and women may also experience amenorrhea or other disruptions to the menstrual cycle. This is why it is really important to know what combination of compounds you are consuming, particularly while you are on this very strict diet, because the wrong balance can really mess with you in the long term. DO YOUR RESEARCH. I can't stress this point enough. This lifestyle change isn't for the faint hearted and you can't just wing it. It's a calculated exercise, which can lead to so many benefits. Check out the rest of this article so you can get up to speed, on how everything works and what powder or pill are actually out there and when you're finished go deeper and read our articles on the science behind this fascinating and our reviews on the best mix of exogenous ketone supplements out there in the market. Because without the knowledge and the right information, you'll never reach your goals and you may as well just keep eating that mash potato for dinner and club sandwich for lunch. Believe me, I stumbled onto this trend before it even blew up a Continue reading >>
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Prüvit Ketones Review
Prüvit —or to be more precise, health expert Ben Greenfield—believes carbs are killing us.  “We’re operating in a high carb world where food is abundant and it is destroying our brains and bodies,” Greenfield says in his lengthy but chock-a-block blog of information about a better body through ketosis—and, ultimately, his supplements. Supplements that claim will not only help you shed pounds, but build a better body by rewiring your metabolism—or “biohacking”—to give you more energy, strength, and focus while you lose weight and sleep better. Not to mention you’ll be in an amazing mood. It’s a lot of claim. Prüvit supplements are supposed to add ketones to your blood—if you’ve ever been on a low-to-virtually-no carb diet, you’ve heard of ketosis —which triggers weight loss. Greenfield calls it a kind of “body-hacking.” What Prüvit Is and How Does It Work? Prüvit, a play on the words prove and it, cites research that includes articles, studies, and clinical trials, but quickly adds that it’s not responsible for inaccuracies in the data. Not the first in the ketosis or ketone-diet zone by a long shot, nonetheless Prüvit says it’s tackled the “supplement world by creating the world’s first consumer-based ketone supplement drink, KETO//OS®.”  Described as a beverage blend of “advanced macro nutritionals (that) promotes optimized cellular regeneration, energy and longevity,” it comes in flavors like Maui-Punch, Chocolate Swirl and Orange Dream that range from $75 to $130 for 20 servings. Another product, KETO/KREME, “derived from the heart of the coconut, is one of the healthiest natural fats known to the world. Our bodies convert fat into energy quickly giving you a powerful mental boost—we call it brai Continue reading >>
Avoid This Ketogenic Rip-off
The Truth About Exogenous Ketones Ketones are all the rage among low carbers. And like most things in nutrition and performance, we've found a way to get them in supplement form so we don't have to do any actual work. What are ketones? They're a byproduct of ketosis caused by the process of converting fat to fuel. Your body makes them when it's in a calorie or carb restricted state. What do they do? The body and brain can use them as fuel without the presence of glucose in the blood. And now, you can take ketone supplements (salts and esters), known as exogenous ketones, without actually restricting anything. According to those promoting this nasty-tasting supplement, that means you can have a brain and body fuelled by ketones, along with all of the supposed health benefits that come with running on fat. Well, don't fall for it. Exogenous Ketones = Endogenous Fat Storage? The problem with ketone supplementation (EXOgenous) is that it's not even close to the same thing as being in ketosis (ENDOgenous ketone production). And just like the butter-blended-into-coffee trend, it's a farce. Ketones may be depressing dieters' hunger and giving them a hit of energy and cognitive enhancement, but it's INHIBITING their ability to burn fat, providing zero nourishment, and doing nothing for their metabolic health. There's an assortment of evidence suggesting that it's probably making things worse. Think of exogenous ketones kind of like alcohol. When they're consumed, everything is stored and nothing else is burned. So any lipolysis (fat burning) that would be taking place is halted; any glucose and fatty acids in your blood that were circulating are stored; and the ingested ketones are burned until there aren't any left. More importantly, this clearance of alternative fuels (glucos Continue reading >>
Ketōnd Ketōnd is a caffeine-free ketone supplement in a drink formula that is sold in 30 serving tubs and is available in 3 flavors – Caramel Macchiato, Citrus Mango and Tigers Blood (watermelon, coconut & strawberry). This is not to be mistaken with the ataspberry Ketones that you blasted all over Facebook and online with fake ads featuring Dr. Oz or Oprah. According to Ketond.com, the official price we were able to find is $79.95 for a 30 serving tub which comes out to $2.66 per serving. Compared that to the prices of Keto-OS: — 15 servings (OTG) = $85 = $5.66 per serving — 30 servings (OTG) = $160 = $5.33 per serving — 30 servings (KAN) = $144 = $4.80 per serving — 60 servings (KAN 30 + OTG 30) = $300 = $5 per serving — 90 servings (KAN 30 + OTG 60) = $460 = $5.11 per serving — VIP 75 servings (KAN 30 + OTG 45) = $350 = $4.66 per serving Here are the prices for the Keto MAX — 20 servings (OTG) = $130 = $6.50 per serving Ketōnd Nutrition Label Ketōnd just released more information about their product. We can finally start to better understand what Keto-OS can do for us. Is Ketōnd Safe? While we haven’t seen any actual clinical trials on the Ketōnd product itself or any other ketone supplement, but there is a ton of research dealing with ketones. As you will see, we have linked to some below. As with any supplement, you should always consult with your doctor, but they mention two things in particular with their supplement; Hypersensitivity to salt or have any risk of kidney stones, that you should really consult your doctor about before taking. It is also suggested that you should start with a smaller dose and work up to one full serving so that you avoid any gastro-intestinal discomforts. What we love about Ketōnd is that they are 100% transpa Continue reading >>
Exogenous Ketones Review And Benefits
Before I give you my exogenous ketones review, let’s back it up for a second..What exactly are the best exogenous ketones on the market and why does everyone keep talking about it? To put it in layman’s terms, they are simply “synthetic” ketones that are consumed in order for your body to help adapt into a state of ketosis. What are ketones? An alternative fuel source to glucose. They are produced when the body burns fat for energy. It’s also produced when you have low body fat or there isn’t enough insulin to help your body use sugar for energy. Ketones are the preferred source of energy for our body. It is used much more efficiently and has been known to produce a wide range of health benefits. There are two types of ketones that can be produced. 1. “endogenous” ketones = ketones produced from INSIDE your body. This is the natural process by which your body produces ketones by restricting carbohydrates and instead burning fat as fuel. 2. “exogenous” ketones = external ketone bodies that are consumed as a supplement. So instead of ketones being produced in the liver (endogenous ketones), ketones that are simply taken as a supplement are considered exogenous ketones. You’re basically providing your body with an automatic supply of ketones to utilize EVEN IF you are NOT in ketosis prior to ingesting it. This is huge for the keto dieters out there because this means we can eat decently carb-heavy meals while still maintaining a decent state of ketosis… …thus, still providing the benefits of — sustained energy, decreased anxiety, boost in mood and concentration, etc.. The main problem for beginners going on the ketogenic diet is sticking it out long enough to actually start getting the benefits. People give up too soon, right before they hit gol Continue reading >>
Exogenous Ketone Supplements: Review Of Current Products And Future Developments
Exogenous ketone supplements hold promise for individuals looking to lose weight, improve their health and longevity, and enhance cognitive performance. In this article, we will dive into the history of exogenous ketone supplementation, the different forms of exogenous ketones that are available and what to look out for when choosing a supplement. The first installment of this two-part series, which can be found here, takes an in-depth look at what exactly exogenous ketones are and how they work. If you haven’t had a chance to read that yet, it is highly recommended you do so before continuing on with this installment. Before moving on, it’s necessary to clarify that beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) is the predominant ketone found in exogenous ketone supplements. Therefore, “BHB” supplement (i.e. beta-hydroxybutyrate supplements) is just another name for exogenous ketone supplement. The State of Exogenous Ketone Supplements Exogenous ketone supplements are somewhat new on the scene, with a select few companies manufacturing them for dietary use. The exogenous ketone products currently available on the market are BHB mineral salts (BHB with sodium and potassium to improve absorption). The term “BHB mineral salts” is synonymous with beta-hydroxybutyrate salts and ketone salts. There are also combination BHB supplements that include MCT (or other) oils. Exogenous ketone products come in either liquid or powder form. Timeline of Introduction of Ketone Supplements Exogenous ketone supplements have been in research & development since the early 2000s, but didn’t start making their way to the general public until late 2014. Ketoforce by Prototype Nutrition was the first to launch, followed up shortly thereafter by Pruvit’s Keto OS (and Keto OS Charged, a caffeinated Continue reading >>