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How can you tell if you're in Ketosis?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Seriously how can you tell? I've been eating very low carb for nearly three weeks. I got a bit 'under the weather' for a while in week 2, just no energy, but now I'm feeling much more energetic than before. At my two week weigh in I was down 14 pounds to 348(only 140 more to go lol). Are any of these signs? How would you be able to tell?

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on November 26, 2012
at 09:26 AM

I hope you let that dry before posting it on Paleohacks!

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on July 10, 2012
at 07:27 PM

yup, how you look, feel, and perform is the best metric!

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on July 10, 2012
at 05:47 PM

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on July 10, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Why does it matter? Energy levels are up and your losing weight. Don't worry, Be happy.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on July 10, 2012
at 07:27 PM

yup, how you look, feel, and perform is the best metric!

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on July 11, 2012
at 01:04 PM

Ketostix are not very accurate. If the results is positive, you are definitely in ketosis. However, you can be in ketosis even if you don't have detectable levels of ketones in your urine.

measuring the levels of ketones in your blood is the best way to know! (see Jimmy Moore's experiment with this).

And don't forget that if you are in ketosis, it doesn't mean that you are burning body fat for energy, these ketones couls also come from burning dietary fats (the fat you eat!).

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on July 11, 2012
at 12:55 PM

First, go to the drugstore and ask for some ketostix. They're usually not on the shelf and behind the counter. They look like this: how-can-you-tell-if-you're-in-ketosis?

Second, you'll know because your urine will have a distinctly different odor. It is not a "bad" smell. Your breath will also smell a little bit like rubbing alcohol or acetone, since you are literally expelling acetone from your body.

Hope that helps.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on November 26, 2012
at 09:26 AM

I hope you let that dry before posting it on Paleohacks!

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on July 10, 2012
at 07:28 PM

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on June 13, 2013
at 06:22 AM

I'm not sure if I'm in Ketosis as no smelly urine or breath after protein only for three days. I have lost 3lbs. I feel like crap, no energy, headaches, nausea, vague but if it means losing weight I'll give it a bash. Also had a few heart palpitations. Has this happened to anyone else? Maybe it's all the diet coke I drink?

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on January 04, 2013
at 07:52 PM

You feel like a zombie-dead tired, confused, dizzy, and hazy.

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on November 25, 2012
at 11:59 PM

thanks I am also on a low carb diet and wondered why my mouth tasted like metal means Im cleaning the junk out of my body and burning the fat at last thanks to Atkins diet and God.

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on July 10, 2012
at 08:16 PM

Without actually testing directly, you can tell by how long you can go between meals. If you are burning sugar, you tend to experience a cycle of hunger (for me it was about two hours), that corresponds to blood sugar levels. If you are burning fat, you can go a lot longer without even thinking about food.

I am not sure about the value of testing directly, especially when expense is factored in. Ketones that show up in the urine are essentially waste- in other words, they aren't being burned. You can be in ketosis and never have any ketones in your urine. They have ketone meters, like blood glucose meters, which are more accurate, but I hear the strips are even more expensive.

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on July 10, 2012
at 07:57 PM

To tell if you are in true ketosis, you can buy urine test strips to test measurable ketone bodies in your urine. Like the previous posters have stated, if you are losing weight, and your energy is ok, it doesn't matter.

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