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Hack my ketosis test!

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Created May 06, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I'm on day three of the Leptin Rx. I eat less than 25 grams of carbs. After dinner yesterday, I tested with a Ketostix, which came out purple. So that means I'm in ketosis, yeah? I ate nothing after that and this morning, when I woke up, before breakfast, I tested again but my Ketostix stayed pale... How is this possible? Explanation please!

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on June 01, 2012
at 06:06 PM

Great podcast, very helpful.

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on May 18, 2012
at 06:04 PM

???????????????

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on May 18, 2012
at 04:18 PM

what the stix tell you is that your body is burning fat but has not yet "adapted" to using the ketones as well. When you are keto-adapted with no ketone waste-there will be nothing excreted in urine/breath/skin etc.

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on May 18, 2012
at 04:16 PM

ketosis (ketones showing on stix) means you are not actually "using" those ketones. They are "wasted-excreted" until the body "adapts (keto-adapted) to burning them for fuel. Definitely not "deep" anything other than deep wasted ketones in a concentrated excretion. This is part of the body learning to use fat for fuel. Once you are actually keto-adapted..no more ketones will be excreted.(zero on keto-stix) because you will be burning them for fuel.This is actually what "should" be "deep" although the term "deep" is not recognized scientfically-it is made up "jargon".

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on May 07, 2012
at 08:53 AM

Just tested again: stick turned purple. In ketosis.....

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on May 07, 2012
at 06:35 AM

Thanks, Jeff! I just tested, before breakfast, stick came out pale. Will test again in two hours.

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on May 07, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Your body is running on ketons and in a fasting state the body would consume them.Thus fewer would be excreted. Test again after eating and see if the equation is similar to confirm.

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on May 06, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Lets wait for that then! :)

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on May 06, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Urine testing isn't accurate. You'll need to do finger stick for a real count.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 01, 2012
at 06:06 PM

Great podcast, very helpful.

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on May 18, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Ketone levels vary throughout the day. They are typically lower in the morning and highest in the evening. You can also increase their level by exercising or eating a fatty meal.

It's also very easy to dilute them out by drinking too much liquid. I find it very difficult to "get purple" if my urine is completely colourless.

Bottom line is that ketostix are only a very rough measure of ketosis. If you want a better method of measuring your process, then you'll have to invest in a blood ketone meter and strips ($3-5 per test).

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on May 06, 2012
at 05:21 PM

I believe that you want to just be in ketosis but you don't want to be in the purple range which is deep ketosis (maybe dehydration??), if I recall its not as beneficial for you or it doesn't make any difference to what degree??; reasons I can't specifically recall (sorry!!)

Remember that you can emit ketones through the skin breath and urine, and they can be diluted when drinking water so those stix aren't 100% accurate, but can at least tell you if you are in or out. I would say use the stix to test that you are in ketosis but don't take the color for 100% accurate. Seems like you have figured out what puts you in ketosis, from there its easier to go in and out.

The real test always seems to be the breath, always smells like a garbage dump.

Also take note of how you feel, I generally feel more energetic in ketosis.

I'm sure there is someone out there who can give you more specifics or scientific info.

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on May 06, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Lets wait for that then! :)

E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

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on May 18, 2012
at 04:16 PM

ketosis (ketones showing on stix) means you are not actually "using" those ketones. They are "wasted-excreted" until the body "adapts (keto-adapted) to burning them for fuel. Definitely not "deep" anything other than deep wasted ketones in a concentrated excretion. This is part of the body learning to use fat for fuel. Once you are actually keto-adapted..no more ketones will be excreted.(zero on keto-stix) because you will be burning them for fuel.This is actually what "should" be "deep" although the term "deep" is not recognized scientfically-it is made up "jargon".

E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

(982)

on May 18, 2012
at 04:18 PM

what the stix tell you is that your body is burning fat but has not yet "adapted" to using the ketones as well. When you are keto-adapted with no ketone waste-there will be nothing excreted in urine/breath/skin etc.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 18, 2012
at 06:04 PM

???????????????

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