How do I know if I’m in ketosis? My ketone testing experiment

How do I know if I’m in ketosis? My ketone testing experiment

November 4, 2019 16 By William Morgan


Hi everyone it’s Esther here. I hope you’re
having a great day!
I’m just winding down here probably
going to go have dinner with my husband
soon. I wanted to check in with you guys
because I’ve been pondering this
question. How do I know if I am in ketosis?
And I think it’s a really good question
because there’s a lot of information out
on the internet and there’s a lot of
different methods or how to test if
you’re in ketosis. So a few of the methods
that are popular to test and get actual
data on whether or not you’re in ketosis
and what ketone levels are in your body,
there are a few different methods. So the
most accurate method out on the market
right now, at least as far as i know
from the information that I gathered in
the research that’s out there, is to test the
ketone levels in your blood.
So there are ketone blood monitors that
you can get. It looks similar to what a
diabetic uses to check your blood
glucose. Matter of fact it has the option to
check your blood glucose levels as well.
But there’s also a strip that you can use
to check the level of ketones in your
blood. The blood glucose and ketone
monitor is the most accurate method. It’s
also the most expensive method so
that’s why a lot of people don’t go
that route. That’s why i haven’t gone that
route yet because it’s just a big
investment. Especially if you don’t know
if you’re going to be doing this long term
or not. Very very expensive. These damn
pharmaceutical companies they just
charge out the wazoo because they
know that they can!
The price of this monitor just hasn’t
leveled out. Another method is to test the
ketone levels in your breath. So there
are like these little breathalizer things
that you can use. And this is the second
most accurate way to check if you’re in
ketosis or not. The third method for
actually gathering data is to use ketostix.
Ketostix are sticks that you urinate on and it will test
ketone levels in your urine. It’ll
change colors based on the range of the
amount of ketones that it’s detecting in your
urine. So that’s probably the cheapest
option. It’s also not going to be quite as
accurate as doing a blood test. These are
all items you can spend money on and
gathered data to really put some
numbers behind whatever results you get from
being on a ketogenic diet to see in you’re in
ketosis. If you can’t afford the items
though what I suggest and what I did for a
long time
is just reading a lot of research, a
lot of studies as far as the things that
you can look for to know that you’re in
ketosis. So there’s obviously going to be
a lot of changes in your body that
happen when you’re in ketosis. The
biggest one in my opinion or just that I
noticed for my own self are my energy
levels. When I’m in ketosis, I
have energy for days. It’s like nothing
I’ve ever experienced on any other diet.
If you watched my previous videos you
know that I have struggled with chronic
fatigue when I was a teenager. And I
tried a lot of different things. I played
around with my macros in different ways. I went to the
doctor. I got full blood work done.
I checked out all the gut bacterias in my GI
tract to see if there any imbalances.
If you can think about it I’ve
done it. What I found was the ketogenic diet
was the one thing that got
me over my chronic fatigue. It’s under
control now all I no longer crash during
the day. I wake up early. That’s like one
thing I noticed when I got
into ketosis. Right off the bat was I was
able to wake up at like five thirty in
the morning without an alarm. Which is
like crazy for me. On top of my energy
levels increasing I noticed way more
mental focus and clarity. Just with every
day to day items with work tasks that I
had to do .I even have a colleague that
has ADHD that got onto the ketogenic diet
and she’s noticed that she doesn’t have
to take her medication for her ADHD as
much anymore. Not saying you should quit
your medication if you have ADHD and
you’re on a ketogenic diet. You want to
see what works for you. Everyone’s
different. But that was just her experience and
I thought that was really cool testimony.
And the third huge thing that I noticed
is my level of hunger has decreased
significantly.
Fat is very satiating and when you
are burning fat your insulin is not
going up and down like it would when
you’re burning glucose. You’re just not
going to have those crashes. You’re not
going to have the irritable hunger
pains that you have if you were going to
eat a standard diet or high protein or high
carb diet. I noticed my hunger is pretty
level throughout the day. A lot of times I
can go a couple of meals without feeling
hungry. When I was on other diets, no
matter what they were i was always
hungry. I would always have to eat like
five to six meals a day.
Now I eat two to three meas a day. So those are
the main signs that I see when in ketosis.
That’s how I’m able to tell if
I’m in ketosis without using a
blood monitor or ketostix etc. I have used ketostix, I
did in the beginning so it’s helpful but
just know it’s not a hundred percent
accurate. And really just when you’re in
ketosis that you should know it because you’ll
feel so different. You feel almost
superhuman compared to what you felt
when you weren’t in ketosis. Now having
said all this the reason why I bring this
topic up really is because even though
i’m able to identify when I’m in ketosis
I’m still really curious and
want to put some numbers and data behind
what I’m feeling. I finally took
the plunge. I went ahead and order the
precision, I guess the Precision Xtra or
Precision Ultra. I can’t remember which
of those two names it is. But I went
ahead and ordered the blood ketone monitor
so that i could really monitor
and know for sure when I’m in ketosis
and just have the data to back it up.
I also, I get curious
sometimes cause I’ll go out to eat and
after eating that meal, even though I think it’s
a keto friendly meal I don’t feel like I’m in
ketosis anymore. Like I feel like I get
kicked out but I can jump back in
pretty quickly. I think because i am fat adapted
now but having said that you know there
are certain items where I’m just not
sure and I want to know and see how it’s
really affecting my ketone levels
internally and the only
way to do that is to monitor my blood.
Also, there’s a lot of information on
the internet. There’s a lot of different
theories. Some people think that you shouldn’t
have dairy on the ketogenic diet, that you
shouldn’t have nuts on the ketogenic
diet, caffeine. There are people that
intermittent fast. There’s all these
different methods and theories and ideas
going around about the ketogenic diet.
Which i think is fascinating and i love
that everyone is so into it and doing the
research and trying to figure it all out.
But it just makes me more and more curious about
these things especially the
controversial topics like dairy and nuts
and if we should even be eating them
on a ketogenic diet.
So, I thought it’d be cool to like really
do controlled studies testing those
particular items out and how they
effect my ketone levels, and the difference
between my ketone levels when I have
those things in my diet versus when I
remove them. So i just want to document
all of this for you because I know not
everyone is ready to spend the money and
invest in getting a ketone blood monitor.
So I figured i could at least share my
results so that you can have some idea
of how these foods might affect someone’s
body. Now you want to keep in mind that
everyone’s body is different. So the way
it affects my body makes not be the same
that it affects your body. Also
there’s people with like lactose
intolerance, nut allergies, I mean the
list goes on and on.
So you know everyone’s going to be a
little bit different. But it’s just
another tool that i can give you guys so
that you can see my experience. And
hopefully that will help you along the
way. So my plan is, the monitor is on its
way. So i think what i’m going to do is
actually get out of ketosis,
which I’m not looking forward to
because I did that around the holidays and
felt completely miserable. But I’m gonna
you know, eat some carbs, get out of
ketosis. Give my body long enough to where
i won’t be able to jump right back in to ketosis
so easily. And I’m just going to
document how that affects my body what
my ketone levels look like when I’m out of
ketosis and then what they
look like when i get back in with
different foods. And i’m going to do
like, eat the same thing every day for
breakfast lunch and dinner for a full
week. Test my ketone levels with that menu
and then the following week I’ll switch up
the menu and use some different foods
and try to keep it as consistent as
possible so that i can have a very
controlled study of testing those
particular foods for that week. So, one week
I might go a hundred percent dairy
free and see how that’s affecting my blood
ketone levels, and then the next week I may
add dairy in see what my ketone levels
like with that. I’m just really excited to
share all this with you guys. It’s gonna be
really interesting and really fun. And I want
to hear your ideas as well. So if there’s
anything you want to see let me know but
I’m definitely going to post a full day of
eating every week. Maybe a meal prep. I
don’t really meal prep though. It’s more
like, I like to cook my food fresh now
every day. I’ve gotten away from meal
prepping since being on the ketogenic
diet. I did it at first but not so much
anymore, just because I think food
taste better when it is cooked that day.
And because i don’t eat as many meals. I
don’t find the need to meal prep like I used to.
But I don’t know. Some ideas. I might do a
meal prep. I’ll definitely do my
grocery halls every week so you can see
what I’m buying for that week, but
whatever you guys wan to see let me
know. I need more ideas. I need to know
what’s going to be beneficial to you
guys. so text me. Text me, haha, don’t text me
because I’m not giving my phone number.
But you can send me your ideas on
twitter @noexcusegirl. I just kind of
really started getting into twitter. It
used to be just a feed of my Instagram
posts but now I’m starting to become more
interactive. So you can always send me
your ideas on Twitter @noexcusegirl
, my facebook is facebook.com/noexcusegirl,
my Instagram is @noexcusegirl.
Pretty much just look up @noexcusegirl,
whatever platform you like to use
and you can find me there. You can also
just comment below what you want to see
and, you know I’m always checking out and
reading the comments. But that is just a
little update for you guys. Let me know if
you think this is a bad idea, then maybe
I shouldn’t do it. Or if you like this
ideas give me some feedback here. And
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