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Chapter 9: Testing Ketone Levels

June 25, 2018 2 min read

Chapter 9: Testing Ketone Levels

Is there any sure-fire way to find out if you are really in ketosis? Yes, you can test your ketone levels. You can run many tests. For instance, you can try a blood ketone meter, a breath analyzer or urine strips. Each method has its own set of benefits.

If you are looking for an easy test, you can use a breath ketone analyzer. You need to buy it once. However, keep in mind that it won’t be as accurate as other tests. Moreover, you will have to wait longer to see the results. Plus, the up-front cost may be a bit higher, especially if you are not sure if you can commit to the new low-carb diet.

As far as the cost is concerned, urine strips can be your ideal choice. This test is relatively more accurate. However, the downside is that the results won’t be very accurate once you become totally fat-adapted.

As far as accuracy, a blood ketone meter is your best choice. The results will be accurate even when you have become fully keto-adapted. However, the testing can get expensive. For instance, even if you run 2 or 3 tests, the cost will be equal to more than 100 urine test strips.

 

How often should I test my ketone levels?

According to experts, you can run the ketone test 2 to 3 times in 24 hours. Keep in mind that the ketone levels will vary throughout the day. That’s the reason you can’t just rely on one test to get a clearer picture of your ketogenic diet performance. So, it’s better if you run multiple tests for more accurate results.

If the test results are not reflecting the performance you expected, you can try fasting to get into ketosis quick.

 


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