What are ketones?

What are ketones?

By now, zillions of diets have been introduced to help people lose that stubborn body fat. We have heard and even tried many amongst these, which include low carb diet, protein diet, the 13-day diet, Ketogenic diet, and the list goes on. Every other person is struggling to lose weight and wants to be the better version of himself. That is what good life experience is all about, isn’t it?

Interestingly, the diet that has taken all by storm is the Keto diet, which makes you shed that lazy fat at an incredible speed. But not all of us know how it works. So let’s start with the basics.

Ketone definition
Simply stated, ketones are a chemical produced naturally by the liver, which helps break down body fat. The primary source of energy for our body is glucose, but when our body is in ketosis, instead of using glucose for energy, it uses fat as the primary source of energy rather than using glucose. Result – you start losing fat!
Ketones symptoms

When you have elevated levels of ketones in your blood, you’ll experience many benefits. As well as some side-effects, while transitioning to becoming keto-adapted. Some of which include fluctuating blood sugar levels, feeling thirsty and tired, stomach pain, etc.

What are ketones in urine VS ketones in the blood?

You see, ketones can be tested in two ways:
1. Blood
2. Urine
If you are looking for real-time results, go for a blood test for ketones, which is done with the ketone monitor. If you want to go for a urine test, it will be the result of a few hours earlier if you have got the right strips for it.

How do ketones work in weight loss?
Interestingly, high ketone levels mean weight loss. You eat high fat, and low carb diet, which helps in producing ketones in the blood, making fat the primary source of energy, thus leading to fat loss.
Sadly, many who try this diet have mentioned it to be a difficult diet to follow. As it restricts a person to a specific diet and if not followed properly, then your body might not ever reach ketosis; and forget about any weight loss!

Good news! If you are amongst those who struggled to go in ketosis and failed, there are supplements available in the market that can provide your body with ketones without any strict keto diet. If you don’t want to add supplements, the only alternative is to restrict your diet to 5-10% carbohydrates, in order to reach the state of ketosis. I myself, would find that extremely challenging to sustain for a long duration.
Moreover, I have tried one ketone supplement myself, which helps me get into ketosis without restricting my diet. It is the first naturally fermented ketone supplement, KETO//OS, by Pruvit. If you have struggled like me, you need to try this out and ease the challenge of getting into ketosis.

Conclusion

Meanwhile, ketones are a chemical naturally produced in the body, which can help us lose all those extra clumps of fat in a matter of weeks; we need to focus on high fat, low carb diet. If you want to make life easier, add ketone supplements to help you get into ketosis without any struggle. Because, why not? Everyone loves to have that trimmed, toned body. So, what are you waiting for? Join me and many others in this fantastic ketogenic lifestyle.

Good Life Experience with Testing Ketones Level – Blood vs. Urine

Good Life Experience with Testing Ketones Level – Blood vs. Urine

By now, you have probably opted for a Keto diet and are looking for options to test your ketone levels. If you plan to do this, you can keep track of your ketones level by running a test for them and then adjust your diet accordingly for you to stay in ketosis so that you lose that stubborn fat.

Turns out, there are three ways of testing this; blood, urine, and breath test. For blood and breath tests, we have user-friendly testing meters available for purchase, whereas for Urine test, we need strips that are also easily available in the market.

Well, if you are following the Ketogenic diet, doing all that is required and eating only what is allowed, but you don’t see those numbers decreasing on the weighing machine? It is probably because you need to reach a certain level of ketosis, which can only be done if you test the level of ketones in your body.

Usually, a general rule of thumb when we want to decide between available options is to have an overview of what each option has to offer. Similarly, in this case, it’s wise to make our decision if we should go for a blood meter or a urine strip or a breath meter for testing our ketones by tapping in the features of each medium and comparing them together.

To begin with, here is a table for a brief comparison of each medium:

Factors to consider Blood Urine Breath
Precision (numeric reading) Quantitative No numeric calculation Quantitative
Price (200 strips) $200-300 $6-10 $250-950
Setup Quick Quickest Takes time to charge
Invasive/non-invasive Invasive Non-invasive Non-invasive
Power supply Long-lasting No power needed Power required at all times
Ease of use 3-4 steps 3 steps 2 steps
Alcohol friendly No affect No affect Affected results
Record data Saves data No data record Saves data
Test Reliability Extremely reliable Reliable during the initial phase of diet Least Reliable

No wonder this gives us an idea of what we should be going for. It is important we do a little check as to what suits us and what we are comfortable in doing. But before we finally decide on what to purchase, here is an insight on the pros and cons of all the three testers.

Testing Mode

Pros

Cons

Blood Meter

  • Accurate
  • Alcohol friendly
  • Numeric reading
  • Most prevalent
  • Quick results
  • Ease to use

 

  • Invasive
  • Inaccurately high reading if out of ketosis
  • Expensive
  • Difficult if you can’t use needles or see blood

Urine Strips

  • Widely used
  • Simplest
  • Cheap and inexpensive
  • Convenient
  • No exact measurement
  • Decreased accuracy as you become more keto-adapted
  • Inaccurate for nutritional ketosis
  • Hydration can influence readings

Breath meter

  • Non-invasive
  • Easy to use
  • Accurate
  • Device only, no strips required
  • Readings fluctuate due to environmental factors
  • Readings fluctuate due to eating habits
  • Sensor clogging issue
  • Varied results in different times of the day
  • Expensive
  • Not alcohol friendly

 

What’s the bottom Line?

You see, it’s pretty easy to choose, after going through the details of what each medium has in it for us. If you have just begun your Keto journey, you might like to start with Urine strips as they are inexpensive as well as handy.

In my own experience, the blood meters turn out to be the winner for measuring and monitoring your ketone level. They are accurate and thus recommended for Keto adapted bodies too. The breath meters however, are least recommended as the level of accuracy they provide is at the mercy of different external and environmental factors. Looking for a fascinating visual insight for this? Feel free to jump to my video to know more.