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can ketosticks be wrong

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 05, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Please forgive me, I am just learning how to use this site correctly and I am making a ton of mistakes. I want to know if the ketosticks say that I am in ketosis, can they be wrong? Might they be picking up the fat that I am putting into my body and not the fat that is on me as burning? I figured it out last time, but today I do not see it, how do I add a comment?

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on March 06, 2012
at 07:04 AM

That was a really thoughtful, humane response. I appreciate it. Especially as another woman who seems to run easily on few calories. It's nice to come on here and feel like this is a safe community.

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:50 PM

You are correct. I should have said they measure ketones in the urine not burned, not blood stream. My mistake. I just listened to Sisson and repeated it wrong. I don't use the stix.

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:32 PM

+1. The answers I have been typing came from that show! It's good. Just about everyone doing LC is confused and reading the stix wrong.

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:27 PM

You must have different ketostix than I've seen which measure ketones in the urine. In this case, all the stix measure is ketones that aren't burned. Not necessarily what you want ... you want to burn them.

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on March 05, 2012
at 05:56 PM

You also need to sign in under the same username & stop registering each time.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 05, 2012
at 05:55 PM

Click on "add comment", which is just below the question you have posted.

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on March 05, 2012
at 05:24 PM

By my count, this is your 4th question on the topic of ketosis. Please pick one and edit/update it as needed.

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:00 PM

Use the "add comment" link instead of the Your Answer box to respond to answers/comments.

As for your question, ketostix don't measure FAT... they measure ketones. So if your ketostix are showing the presence of ketones, you're in ketosis.

That being said, since I don't know how tall you are and what you weigh, I'd like to offer the suggestion, as a woman of middling years who is 5'5" and dropped from 450 lbs to 275 lbs that you may be struggling to lose weight because you are taking in too much food. I know that, for me, if I listen to my appetite, my normal caloric intake is about what you'd expect for a sedentary woman to maintain a weight of 130 calories (about 1600 calories a day), even though I -weigh- almost 300lbs. If I eat more than this because my mouth is a traitor, and I listen to my MOUTH and my HEAD instead of 'eating below the head' and listening to my gut, I don't lose... and sometimes gain. Also, if I eat as much as the recommendation to "lose weight" at my size -- a full 1000 calories a day more than I eat when I eat to appetite -- I ALSO don't lose weight, even though the doctors say that's what I'm -supposed- to be able to eat. So I err on the side of caution, and eat what my body asks for, rather than what the charts or my mouth thinks is appropriate... and so far, that's worked for me.

I do better with a lower-carbohydrate diet. I stick to around 50g of carbohydrate a day or less. Anything less than that drives my body into 'starvation mode'. It's different for everyone. You need to experiment -- to see what works for you and what doesn't.

I also know that, for me, movement is crucial. I try to move every day, regardless of what's going on in my life, even if it's only dancing for 20 minutes or some such... but I also discovered that if I work out TOO much, I also plateau -- like the pressure is too much for my body to figure out how to re-distribute everything.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on March 06, 2012
at 07:04 AM

That was a really thoughtful, humane response. I appreciate it. Especially as another woman who seems to run easily on few calories. It's nice to come on here and feel like this is a safe community.

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on March 05, 2012
at 07:58 PM

I never got a strong positive from keto-sticks, even on ZC.

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:29 PM

This Jimmy Moore/Mark Sisson podcast may be helpful if you really want info and aren't trolling: ???Ketosis: Devil or Angel????

E0250b1e6dc5ec1539ffb745042b4d80

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:32 PM

+1. The answers I have been typing came from that show! It's good. Just about everyone doing LC is confused and reading the stix wrong.

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Yes, ketostix can be wrong. They can give false positives (example: if you eat a lot of coconut oil for example), they can give false negatives (example: you burn almost all your ketones and the rest go out in your breath), AND they can make you neurotic. Darkness doesn't matter on the sticks. Use as a guideline, and keep track of how you feel/breath smells the first time you go into ketosis.

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E0250b1e6dc5ec1539ffb745042b4d80

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Throw the keto stix away.

All they measure is ketones in the bloodstream.

If you start low carb, ketones go up. Big deal.

Within a few weeks of eating the same, the stix will change. This is what you want. It means you are burning those ketones instead of wasting them. The body adapts.

By doing low carb, your goal should be to get adapted, not to see something on the stix. It's best to not use them at all.

E0250b1e6dc5ec1539ffb745042b4d80

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:50 PM

You are correct. I should have said they measure ketones in the urine not burned, not blood stream. My mistake. I just listened to Sisson and repeated it wrong. I don't use the stix.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on March 05, 2012
at 06:27 PM

You must have different ketostix than I've seen which measure ketones in the urine. In this case, all the stix measure is ketones that aren't burned. Not necessarily what you want ... you want to burn them.

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on January 07, 2013
at 01:50 AM

They always seem to be accurate to me. People's bodies are all different - for example while my fiance and I were in Disney, we split a funnel cake. When we got home, the keto sticks said I was still in ketosis and he wasn't. Tested again and the same results!

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on March 05, 2012
at 05:38 PM

I am answering my own question in the box below the comments that I recieved, I do not want to answer this question, but comment back to the people who commented on my question, but I need help from the more sophisticated readers of this site to help me how to do that.I am slowly but surely figuring this out, I figured out what I am supposed to put in the title, so that is one step foward I took, please help me, how am I supposed to comment and not ask a question? I apologize for the repeated question on ketosticks, but I feared I was asking it wrong, since no one actually answered that particular question.

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on March 05, 2012
at 05:55 PM

Click on "add comment", which is just below the question you have posted.

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