Ketosis: The Key That Opened The Lock
Recently I have taken my low carb, moderate protein, high fat primal diet to a new level. I have gone a step further and have also cut out nuts, berries, alcohol and dark chocolate as well as dairy (except for a little hard cheese and butter). I had to eliminate these foods so that I could get my consumption of carbs low enough to get into nutritional ketosis. Ketosis is when your body switches from burning glucose for fuel to burning ketones. Basically, your body is enabled to burn stored fat for energy instead of using the glucose from the food you eat at each meal. My fat-fighting toy I have a nifty little blood meter (Abbott Freestyle Optium) and ketone test strips, which I bought at Dischem. It is similar to the blood glucose meter that diabetics use but this one measures blood glucose AND ketones. I just have to buy separate strips for each purpose. I have been pricking my finger and testing myself regularly for the last 5 months. Unfortunately I have endured 5 months of complete and utter frustration and disappointment. Maybe I purchased a faulty meter? Maybe my body is so stuffed up that I just can’t do this? Getting into a state of nutritional ketosis totally eluded me – until now. I am a keto-adapted fat fighting machine It was only after I dropped the berries, dairy, nuts, alcohol and dark chocolate that I finally tasted victory. I am thrilled to report that I am now keto-adapted. I have turned my body into a fat burning machine! The range for ketosis is between 0.5 and 3. Those are the numbers I aim for. Seeing those numbers on the little screen and getting this feedback has been amazing for my motivation levels as there is no more guess-work. If I am “in the zone” then I know my body is burning stored fat. It is that simple. I have managed to effort Continue reading >>
How To Check Your Blood Sugar
There are two primary ways to figure out your blood sugar: a blood glucose meter and a continuous glucose meter. Almost everyone with diabetes will be encouraged to get a blood glucose meter. Those with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes with hypoglycemia unawareness (where you can’t tell if you have low blood sugar) may use a continuous glucose meter. How to Check Your Blood Sugar on a Meter Checking your blood glucose requires three things: a blood glucose meter, a test strip, and a lancing device. Here are the typical steps: Wash your hands to ensure you have no sugary residue on them. You want to check your blood sugar, not the sugar content of the apple you had for a snack. Insert a test strip into the meter. Use the lancing device to get a drop of blood. Touch the end of the test strip to the drop of blood. It will magically “drink up” the drop of blood. See the result on your meter’s screen. Any blood glucose meter supports checking on your fingertips. Some meters support checking on alternate sites. If you think you have a low blood sugar, are about to drive, are feeling unwell, or during or after exercise–always check on your fingertips since blood sugar numbers when checking from your arm or another site may lag behind those using your finger. Alternate testing sites can lag up to 30 minutes behind. Here is a video from the Mayo Clinic demonstrating how to check your blood sugar: It helps to rotate your fingertip sites so areas on your fingers don’t get too sore. Changing your lancet regularly helps decrease pain when pricking your finger. Try pricking your finger off center. Pricking right in the middle of your finger or too much to the side generally hurts more. It helps to shake your hand at your side before checking to help coax the blood out. Continue reading >>
What Are Ketone Sticks?
Vita Tech is pleased to announce that its NEW Vita Diet Ketone Sticks are Now Available! Ketone sticks (Also known as Ketone Test Strips or Ketosticks) are used to detect ketones in urine. Whilst the Medical Vita Diet is based on the “Protein Sparing Modified Fast”, it is also known as a “Ketogenic Diet”. On the Vita Diet, a person’s carbohydrate intake is restricted over a short period of time causing the body to use its backup energy source, the fat cell. When the fat cell breaks down it releases ketones into the blood stream and later into the urine. These ketone traces can be monitored using the Vita Diet Ketone Sticks, enabling Vita Diet fat burning results to be tracked. As well as personal motivation, (i.e. You see real results each day) Ketone sticks provide a safety check that you are not burning fat too quickly. LARGE TRACES OF KETONES MUST BE AVOIDED. The Vita Diet supplements and meal plan have been designed to promote a “mild ketosis” state, making the Vita Diet a safe option for maximum fat burning results. (Please read p.14 in the Guide to the Medical Vita Diet for more information on Ketosis and Ketone sticks) How to test for ketones using Ketone sticks? A patient can start testing for ketones after 2-3 days on the Vita Diet program. For more accurate results, test in the morning when you first wake up, before eating. To test for ketones, use a specimen container or urinate directly on the test strip pad. Wait 15 seconds and compare your test strip pad with the colour chart printed on the side of the Vita Diet Ketone bottle container. The average Vita Diet achieves a trace to moderate ketone level which is optimal for maximum fat burning results. LARGE TRACES OF KETONES MUST BE AVOIDED. Disclaimer Whilst ketone sticks can give an accurate i Continue reading >>
The Basic Ketogenic Diet
Note: Please note that if you are interested in a Ketogenic Diet used to treat Epilepsy or Pediatric Epilepsy, please start at Johns Hopkins who are the pioneers in this field. The wikipedia page for the Ketogenic Diet diet also has information on the diet as it relates to treating epilepsy. The diet below is simply for rapid and effective weight loss and uses a 1 to 1 fat to protein ratio rather than the 4 to 1 fat to combined protein and carbs ratio of the Ketogenic Diet pioneered by Johns Hopkins used to treat epilepsy. [wp_ad_camp_3] Disclaimer: I am neither a doctor nor self proclaimed nutrition expert so please consult your doctor before starting any diet or taking any action that affects your health and wellbeing. After finishing Gary Taubes latest book, which seems to have rapidly become the cornerstone of a new approach to nutrition, I’ve become very interested in the Ketogenic diet. The speed of weight loss I’ve seen is incredible and my energy level has remained high. The science behind a ketogenic diet is solidly backed up by Taubes research published in “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why we get fat“. According to Taubes’ research, it may also be the only way for people who have become severely insulin resistant, to effectively lose weight. The Ketogenic diet has always lived on the fringes of diet lore and has been seen as extreme. But the reality is that the low glycemic index diet (Low GI Diet) is effective because it is close to, but not quite, a ketogenic diet. Other diets like the South Beach Diet are also only effective because of the reduction in carbs and consequently insulin levels. The science behind this diet looks solid and it is part of the massive shift in nutrition research we’ve seen in the last few years. Prominent sport Continue reading >>
Are Keto Sticks Fat Burning Indicators Or A Fat Waste Of Money?
You will no doubt have come across keto sticks if you’ve ever done a ketogenic diet planor read any message boards about low carb diets. Whilst a lot of dieters use them, they do not always understand how to read the results and adjust their diet to optimise it. This article aims to resolve this and clear up the facts about keto strips. Ketogenic diets force your body to adapt to using fat for fuel when glucose (from carbs) is not present, this is known as ketosis Ketones are a by-product of ketosis and keto sticks (also known as ketostix or ketosticks) are urine testing strips which detect the presence of ketones in the blood. They are small plastic strips with an absorbent pad on the end, you urinate on the absorbent pad and it changes colour to reflect the amount of ketones present in your urine. They are also sometimes referred to as keto diastix, don’t get confused as these are two different products. Keto diastix are usually used by Type I diabetics to detect the presence of glucose, they are of no use to keto dieters. Where Can I Purchase Keto Sticks? Amazon is probably your most convenient option – the best I have found online is this: Nurse Hatty Ketone Strips. Diabetics use keto strips also, so sometimes they are with other diabetic products or behind the counter. Ask a shop assistant for help if required. Keto strips are cheap to purchase, no more that a few pounds and a pot will last you a long while. The pot contains a number of strips and a colour chart on the side which ranges from clear to pink to purple. Once you have urinated on the stick, you wait 10-15 seconds and then match the colour of the stick to the chart. Clear: No/trace ketones in your urine Pink: Some ketones in your urine Purple: High level of ketones in your urine Quite simply, No. P Continue reading >>
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Ketostix: What Are Ketostix And How Do I Use Them?
If you’ve been reading up on keto dieting for a while, you’ve no doubt come across people talking about Ketostix (sometimes improperly spelled as ketosticks or keto sticks). What are ketostix? Why do you need them? We answer all that and more in our complete guide to Ketostix and ketone urinalysis testing. What are Ketostix? Simply put, Ketostix are small, thin plastic strips with a small reagent area on them. When Ketostix are dipped in urine (or passed through a stream of urine), the reagent area changes color to indicate the amount of ketones that are present in your urine. This is an important indicator for those on ketogenic diets because it lets us know that our body has adapted to ketosis and we are doing the diet right. Do I need to buy Ketostix? Yes and no. Ketostix serve two very important functions for ketogenic dieters: Troubleshooting: Beginners find Ketostix useful because it is an indicator that they are doing the ketogenic diet correctly and have indeed limited their carbohydrate consumption sufficiently to force the body into ketosis, thereby starting the process of burning fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. More advanced keto dieters use the strips to help figure out exactly how many carbohydrates they can eat before they are kicked out of ketosis. It can also help determine how different foods affect one’s ability to stay in ketosis. For example, some people’s bodies can handle sugar alcohols without having trouble staying in ketosis, and Ketostix can help diagnose this. Psychological Motivation: Quite simply, it feels great seeing Ketostix turn purple. It’s a little bit of positive reinforcement that those of us on keto diets sometimes require to keep us motivated. It might seem stupid to some, but committing to a ketogenic diet is no Continue reading >>
Do You Really Need Ketostix?
If you’ve ever spent time browsing the #keto hashtag on Instagram (what? I like to get meal ideas!), you’ve likely seen pictures of ketostix, proudly displaying their pinkish purple results. It’s exciting! It’s an almost instant way to tell if you’re in ketosis…sort of. Either way, the concentration of keto strip pictures on social media would seem to indicate that they’re necessary. After all, don’t you want to know you’re in ketosis? So, what’s the deal with ketostix? Do we really need keto strips to know we’re in ketosis? What Are Ketostix? Basically, ketostix (or keto strips) are used to detect ketones in your urine or blood. If you’re in ketosis, your body will excrete a measurable amount of ketones. This is a fairly good indicator of whether or not you were recently in ketosis. I say recently because if you have literally just eaten a piece of chocolate cake, and then go to test to see if you got knocked out of ketosis (spoiler alert: you did), it might not register for a little while. There are typically two types of keto strips. One is the type that you pee on, and the other is a blood test. For the latter, you use the same type of testing kit that diabetics use to test blood sugar levels, only with a different type of strip. The strips for the blood meters are actually really expensive, so most people tend to go with the first type mentioned. Alternatively, you could use a ketone monitor that checks for ketone levels in your breath. This is the most accurate way to check ketone levels, as it’s a snapshot of your body’s current state. These are disposable, but still more costly than just peeing on a strip. So… Do I Need Ketostix to Know I’m in Ketosis? Maybe, this one’s kind of relative. When you’re just starting out on a keto Continue reading >>
Testing For Ketones…
One of the things I really like about this diet, is the ability to check that your food-choices are having the desired effect. What do I mean? If you’re in ketosis, then you’re definitely burning body-fat! Other diets don’t have this security-blanket. On a low-fat diet, you only have the scales to rely upon. And these fluctuate daily, with sufficient variation to make even the most rational person more than a little paranoid about their progress… So how do you test for ketones? There are two methods currently available on the market: Ketone testing-strips e.g. Ketostix. These test ketones excreted in the urine Ketone blood-testing meters e.g. Freestyle Optimum. These test ketone-levels in the blood. There’s naturally a huge difference in price between the two. So which is better? Ketone-strips are a cheap and cheerful method (my diabetic partner & I both use them currently). You place a single strip into the urine-stream and after 15 seconds, the colour changes to indicate ketone-levels . It shows a gradation of weak > strong; and you match the colour of the strip against that scale (indicated on the side of the packaging). A ketone-level somewhere between 1.5 – 3 is said to be the optimal level for maximizing weight-loss. Pros & cons? Well; I’m colour-blind, which makes things rather difficult!!; but I can still detect the stronger intensities, so it’s pretty functional on a day-to-day level. What it’s important to realise, is that ketones excreted in urine are only ‘excess’ ketones, not metabolised by the body (i.e. the excess energy you haven’t burnt, which would otherwise have been stored as fat on a glucose diet). The strips don’t therefore indicate actual levels in the body. There’s inevitably a time-lag too, as the strips will be indic Continue reading >>
Ketone Strip Reviews Which Keto Urine Sticks Are The Best?
If this is your first-time hearing about keto strips as a weight loss product, then you’re probably wondering what in the world they are. Fortunately, we’re here not only to answer that question but to also give you the rundown on how to find the type and brand is the best keto strip today. But first, let’s rewind a bit. To understand what these products do, it’s important to first understand ketosis. This process is the metabolic state in which your liver breaks down body fat. Through this process it produces ketones. During a ketogenic diet, they are your body’s primary source of fuel. What this means is, if you want to lose weight through this process, then these particular bodies are essential to keep your body powering through the challenges of everyday life. As you can imagine, this would make measuring your bodies ketone levels very important during the process of this diet. There are three primary methods of doing so: For more information on choosing the right measurement tool for you and getting the most accurate results possible, you definitely need to keep reading this review. Continue reading >>