For those wanting to lose weight fast on a ketosis diet, you’ll want to begin testing your body to see if and when you’re in ketosis. It’s not about the initial getting into ketosis that you need to be concerned with, either.
You’ll want to continue tracking your ketones to see what, if anything, knocks you out of ketosis so that you can put yourself back on track so that you don’t stall out with your weight loss.
Your goal is to have ketone levels at more than 0.5mM. Or, with nutritional ketosis, it would be 0.5-3mM. What happens is your fat gets broken down to be used by the body, and the fatty acid spikes in your bloodstream.
They’re turned into ketones, and when you achieve those specific levels, you’re then in ketosis. There are three ways you can get your state of ketosis confirmed. The first is by using simple urine test strips.
You can buy these over the counter or online and all you to is put the tip of the strip into the stream of your urine (or into the container that you collected it in) and match the color of the strip to what’s on the bottle, which will show you when your body has a higher level of ketones.
Urine is the least accurate of the three methods, though the most convenient. You can also do a breath test to see if your body is in ketosis using a breathalyzer. The one thing people like is that, unlike the urine strips, you don’t have to keep purchasing anything to use this method.
You simply blow into the breathalyzer and it will tell you the level of ketones using the number of acetones excreted. The results you’ll get are similar in nature to the third, option, which is measuring blood ketones.
With a blood measurement system, it’s slightly more invasive because it requires the use of a lancet. It’s also the most accurate method of seeing if you’re in ketosis, and it measures the presence of BHB, instead of acetones.
You can buy different blood meters and strips. Some will test the glucose while others will test the ketone levels. After sterilizing your finger with an alcohol swab, you’ll prick your finger with a lancet and then place a drop of blood onto the test strip, which is then read by the blood meter.
Whichever way you test, make sure to track how you’re feeling at different ketone levels and how your weight loss is progressing. It will be different for everyone, and you want to be feeling your best and having the best results as well.