In a staff meeting at KEETZ HQ last week we found ourselves discussing people ‘claiming’ to be on the Keto diet. What do we mean when we say, “claiming to be in Keto”?
Switching up your foods is one thing, but are you really in ketosis? THAT’S WHAT MATTERS.
The reality is, you’re either in ketosis, or you’re not.
Ketosis is the result of following a Keto diet. THAT’S THE GOAL! But we’ve heard a lot of people trying out the Keto diet and they don’t know if they are in ketosis or not.
Stop wasting time. Look no further. Here’s the hard facts.
You must be accountable if you want to achieve results. I’m not talking about measuring your waistline, or stepping on the scales.
Is your body producing ketones to burn fat as its fuel source?
The most common ways to measure ketone bodies are through your breath, urine or blood. You can buy equipment to measure your levels from most pharmacies and there are plenty of online stores that stock everything you’ll need.
Get yourself a Blood Meter. It’s the most accurate form of testing available. Similar to how someone would test his or her blood glucose levels as a diabetic, you simply prick your finger with a professional device. You then tap a testing strip with the blood drop that squeezes out from where you pricked your finger. The Blood Meter will give you a reading measured in mmol/L. For most people, optimal ranges of BHB levels are between 1.5-3.0 mmol/L.
Measure your ketone levels regularly. Depending on what your goals are, this will vary from person to person. Some may follow a once-per-day principal, while others may choose to be more relaxed on the weekends.
At KEETZ it becomes a game! Who has the highest reading? This brings out the competitive streak in all of us.
Consistency will allow you to better assess how you are actually doing, and what is contributing to your ketone levels. As your levels rise and fall, you will begin to understand what you are doing right or wrong, simply by analyzing what you have been eating and drinking surrounding your readings. You snuck in that extra piece of meat. Or that sneaky potato was the culprit!
What foods and exercise patterns elevate your ketone levels?
What foods reduce your ketone levels?
How did you feel when you reach certain blood levels?
Trust us! The more you do it the more you’ll understand how your body is working, the better the decisions you can make, which only leads to better results. Boom!
Falling out of ketosis is as simple as miscounting your macros, a cheat meal overloaded with carbs or hitting up a few too many cheeky cocktails on the weekend. Perfection is unrealistic - we’ve got to live right? What’s important is that we know when we are out of ketosis, how and why we got there, and how to get back on track.
Don’t beat yourself up over it. You haven’t failed until you give up! Simply get back to your meal plan, trust the process and keep monitoring your results. With a little patience, you’ll be back in ketosis before you know it.
Looking for a boost? Stock up on KEETZ to kick-start your ketone levels again. Consuming exogenous ketones are a great way to help your body burn fat again, fast.