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!
asked byMaria_Anna (393)
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on May 18, 2012
at 03:57 PM
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).
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.