So, you may be a bit confused… You read our other blog post about not measuring ketones and now this one is telling you to measure ketones. What The Heck! Right? Well, there is a reason! When you are getting started it is important to keep things as simple as possible. When you are learning about what to do to get into ketosis it can be a bit much. If you are by no means a novice and want to know a bit more about how your body reacts to certain foods, then you should by all means measure your ketones!
Once you are in ketosis as a beginner you know how the process works a little better, and you have an idea of what you can and cannot eat. You have a basic understanding of meals, macros etc. Tuning your body can be difficult without some kind of biometric feedback. This is where the measurements come in handy.
We suggest you have a goal in hand. If you don’t already, set one. It should be measurable, and attainable. You want to lose 50 lbs in one year and you currently weigh 250 lbs and are a 5′ 9″ male. I would say that goal is reasonable and attainable.
Once set, you can use your diet to start set a plan and begin tweaking how you need to operate. Measuring your ketones can help you do this. If you are in an optimal Ketosis state you are burning body fat at a better rate than someone that is not producing more ketones.
There are a number of ways to do that one is the pee strips. This just tells you how much excess ketones are in your body by how you excrete them. There is no real feedback to alter your diet, or feedback to food you recently ate. Another method is the blood meter. They are expensive the the test strips are expensive. They give good feedback on ketones but are pricey overall and you have to prick your finger to get your feedback. You have to learn how to correlate the information to what you ate. Its possible, but takes time. The last method, is the breathalyzer. This measures the amount of ketones in your breath which is a good measure of ketosis but not something that is always cheap to do. Breathalyzers are expensive typically. Ranging over $200 and were interested in trying them out.
We did recently back one and suggest trying it out as it comes with an App that give you feedback on your progress, and how to adjust your food based on your ketone level. The KEYTO Ketone breathalyzer is $99 right now as a crowdfunding campaign set to release in March of 2019. Something worth looking into if you are the kind of person that has to see progress and KNOW if you are in ketosis or not.
There is certainly a use case for it, but it is not a necessity.
Note: We are not affiliated with KEYTO in any way, we backed their crowdfunding campaign and feel that they have an interesting product that the ketogenic dieting community may benefit from.