Since going keto I've noticed quite the debate going on in the keto community surrounding testing your ketones. How can you tell if you're in ketosis? Should you test for ketones? Is it a waste of time and money? What's the best method for testing for ketones? Urine strips, blood meter, breath meter? Is it too obsessive to monitor your ketone levels? Are urine strips inferior? What's the best blood ketone meter?
Quite the hot topic!
As for me, I started out the first 2 weeks doing the Ketostix urine strips. They're easily accessible (I found them at my local Walgreens) and let me know whether I was in ketosis or not. I know there's a lot of controversy in the keto community whether they're a very accurate measure, but they were fine for my needs at that point. I just wanted a yes or no. Was I in ketosis? They served this purpose perfectly.
After the first 2 weeks, I didn't monitor at all. I wanted to not obsess and focus on getting the food right and really getting adapted. Hindsight, I think a ketone meter could have served me well here. To really make sure I was on the right track with my macros. Because I don't find testing my ketones to be obsessive or troublesome.
Then, about 6 weeks into doing keto, I decided that I was ready to go all in and order a blood meter. I read all the opinions and did my research and decided that I wanted to test my ketone levels. I'm kind of a data geek anyway, but also I'm looking at this keto thing as more than just weight loss. It's about vibrant health and wellness. My goal is therapeutic levels of ketones and optimizing my ketogenic diet. So, for me, monitoring my ketone levels seemed the way to go. After doing some research on the ketone meters available, I decided to order the Keto Mojo. I was really on the fence about it at the time, but now that I've had it and used it...
Keto Mojo Unboxing, Demo, and My Thoughts:
As I said in the video, I love this monitor and am absolutely so glad that I bought it. I love being able to track my ketone levels and pay attention to how different foods and macros affect them. When I find I'm not feeling optimal, I check my ketones and generally find something awry. It's been fascinating and my results are night and day different. I also absolutely appreciate how affordable they've made these test strips compared to others on the market. (It's funny, I've noticed that since the Keto Mojo came out the other strips do seem to be coming down in price!) The auto-ship program for the strips is also super convenient for me.
Overall, I highly recommend this company and The Ketonian Kit as well as the auto-ship of the testing strips if you're looking to optimize your ketogenic diet.
So, what do you think? Test your ketones? Don't waste your time and money?