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Old 03-20-2014, 08:49 AM   #1
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How often do you test your blood ketones?

My meter is in the mail, my strips are in mail from Canada, so I have a bit of a wait. Strips are Precision X, coming from Canada and with shipping are averaging about 2.35 each. I only bought 20 to start because of the high cost.

Heck, I might be a steady 1.5-3.0 by the time they get here, which is a bit of a bummer as it would have been good way to track the journey as I became acclimated to this plan.

This may have been discussed previously or deep within a thread, but not in the past couple of pages as a topic so I thought I'd start a new thread with this specific topic.
  • How long have you been tracking blood ketones?
  • How often do you track?
  • Do you track after a questionable day?
  • Once you reach a good level, do you test less often?
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:31 AM   #2
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I have increased my daily carbs to 50-100 grams a day now because I am cycling 35-50 miles most days of the week. I test every morning using my Percisioin X meter and strips from Canada to get a fasted reading of my Blood Glucose and Ketones. Since increasing my carbs my readings are 85 (BG Average) and 0.2. The 0.2 increases to 0.5-0.8 at the end of the day after a bike ride. When I was doing 24 hours fasts a few times each week my ketones were 0.4 (AM) to 1.5 (PM).

I am happy seeing 0.2-0.5 on my meter. At least I have a few ketones in my blood for my muscels and brain. I have no weight to lose (10% Body Fat) so burning fat all day is not a big priority for me.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:35 AM   #3
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I just got mine too

I tested for the first time last night at 2.3mm

right now my plan is to test once a week, but I don't know if that really makes sense.
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:15 PM   #4
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Once a week, first thing in the morning.
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:02 AM   #5
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I test occasionally, always in the morning. Later testing times may reflect fat intake rather than body fat burning. I also get out the strips any time I add something new to my diet that I suspect may drop me out of ketosis, in which case I'll do several days in a row to see if the new food has a long-term effect (not everything shows up immediately). Since every body is different, the strips are a handy tool for figuring out how an individual is effected by different foods and levels of exercise. One thing I have learned by testing is that hormones very much impact ketosis, which may explain why so many women gain weight before TOM.
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:13 AM   #6
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When I get curious enough. So about once a month. In the morning.

When I got over pricking myself, I tested every other day for a week, and then realised that the strips are so darned expensive, that now I save it for when I really want to know!

I feel that I'm kind of on a slow but steady roll with my weightloss, so I'm not really concerned at how my numbers look on a daily or weekly basis.

When I do test, I seem to be between 1.8 and 2.6, so that's fine.

Since MerryKate mentioned TOM and hormones, I may test this weekend, just out of curiosity to see if my numbers are lower... I'll let you know how I got on!
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:12 PM   #7
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I test in the morning and if curious

but yeah strips are expensive :/

mine vary between 0,6-1,2 but just too low for me :/
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