6 Signs and Symptoms That You’re in Ketosis

6 Signs and Symptoms That You’re in Ketosis

August 2, 2019 100 By William Morgan


– The Ketogenic Diet is a
popular low carb, high fat diet that raises blood ketone
levels and puts you into what’s called ketosis. These ketones provide a new
fuel source for your cells and cause the most unique
benefits of this diet. However, it can be often hard
to tell if you’re in ketosis or not, so here are some
of the most common signs. Number one, bad breath. It’s actually a really common side effect once you reach full ketosis. The bad breath is caused
by elevated ketone levels. The specific culprit is
acetone which is a ketone that exits the body in
your urine and breath. Many ketogenic dieters brush
their teeth several times per day, or use sugar free
gum to solve the issue. It also goes away after
some time on the diet. It’s not a permanent thing. Number two, weight loss. You’ll likely experience
both short and long term weight loss when switching
to a ketogenic diet. Fast weight loss can occur
during the first week and while some people believe
is to be fat loss, it is primarily stored carbs
and water being used up. After the initial rapid
dropping water weight you should be able to
continue to consistently lose weight as long as you
adhere to the diet properly and that you’re in a calorie deficit. Number three, increased
ketones in the blood. The most reliable and
accurate method of measuring ketosis is to look at
your blood ketone levels which can be done using
a specialized device. It measures your ketone
levels by calculating the amount of beta-hydroxybutyrate
in your blood. This is one of the primary ketones present in the bloodstream. Now, according to some
experts on the ketogenic diet, nutritional ketosis is
defined as blood ketones ranging from 0.5 to 3 mmols per liter. The main down side of
this is that it requires a small pin prick each
time to draw some blood from your finger and
also the test kits cost about $30 to $40 and an
additional $5 each time you test. For this reason most
people will just perform one test per week or even
once every two weeks. Number four, increased ketones
in the breath or urine. Another way to measure
your blood ketone levels is with a breath analyzer. It monitors acetone, one of
the three main ketones present in your blood during ketosis. It’s been shown to be fairly
accurate, but less accurate than the blood monitor method. Another option is to
measure ketone excretion through your urine using
special indicator strips. However, they are not
considered very reliable. Number five, appetite suppression. Many people report decreased
hunger when following the ketogenic diet. The reasons why this happens
is still being investigated, whereby it’s been
suggested hunger reduction may be due to alterations to your body’s hunger hormones like Ghrelin. The ketones themselves
may also effect the brain to reduce appetite. Number six, Insomnia. One big issue for the
ketogenic dieters is insomnia or waking up during the
night which is more common when you first start the diet. It usually improves after
a few weeks and many long term ketogenic dieters
claim that they now sleep better than they ever have previously before doing the diet. Ultimately, if you’re
following the guidelines of the ketogenic diet
and you stay consistent then you should be in
some form of ketosis. If you want a more accurate assessment, then monitor your ketone
levels in your blood or breath or urine on a weekly basis. Thanks for watching. Make sure to give this video a thumbs up if you found it informative. Don’t forget to subscribe to Healthline’s Authority Nutrition YouTube Channel by clicking the red subscribe
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