How am I in Ketosis?

Answered on January 15, 2014
Created January 14, 2014 at 1:16 AM

So, I've been paleo (er... primal I guess, I do eat a bit of ghee and kefir) for a few weeks now, and I'm loving it, tons of energy, I'm losing weight, sleep better... Just about everything is great, but one thing. I've been tasting a terrible taste in my mouth for the last week or so. I've heard that this was from Keto, so I decided to up the carbs a bit since I'm not trying to lose to drastically or anything, and I really hate the taste.

Anyhow, on my way home from work today, I swung by the pharmacy and picked up some ketostix. They show I'm in ketosis (darkish purple on the ketostix and I'm quite well hydrated for what it's worth). I'm at a bit of a loss as to how, I ate a ton of carbs today: two tangerines, a mango, a ton of blackberries (maybe two cups), a tomato and a half a sweet potato (roughly, it was in a curry, so who knows quite how much) along with the carbs from all the spinach, cabbage, etc. that I've eaten today.

I normally don't eat that much fruit, but it's starting to go bad, so I went for a little more today.

I have been exercising if that makes a difference. I'm just trying to make sure there's not something wrong, I was given to understand it's tough to get into keto, but I seem to keep dropping into it.

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on January 15, 2014
at 02:43 AM

Drink a couple gatoraids or sodas (normal, not low sugar ones) and see where you're at. A lot of the carbs you're talking about are in veggies as fiber and don't really affect you much over the long term. You think you're getting a lot of carbs, but net it's not much. You may transiently knock yourself out of keto, then go back into it quickly with your regular low carb meals and exercising. You want over 100 grams of carbs in your diet to keep yourself out of ketosis. More if you're heavily exercising.



on January 14, 2014
at 11:51 AM

Urine ketone tests are mostly useless. It could be you produced a bunch of ketones overnight, but since you ingested carbs, you preferrentially burned the carbs and didn't use the ketones, so you urinated them out.

If you want a better test, get a blood ketone test... expensive, but far more useful as a measure - not that it seems to be a useful measure to begin with, but if you must know...

If you got acetone breath, then, yes, that was ketones. That only happens when you produce, but don't use the ketones, and it's an indicator that you're not yet adapted to burning ketones. i.e. not "fat adapted" yet.

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