The Best Way to Test Ketones

The Best Way to Test Ketones #keto #lowcarb #highfat #theketodiet

How many ketone bodies are in my body? How can I tell? And what’s that weird number and/or color on my tester? You’ve got ketone testing questions, we’ve got ketone testing answers. An overview of common ketone testing methods and best practices for your viewing pleasure.

Ever wondered whether or not you’re in ketosis? Well, you can consult the magic ketogenic crystal ball or you can just, you know, test your ketones. (You can also, if you wish, ditch both the magic ketogenic crystal ball and the ketone testers, and train yourself to look out for signs of being fat-adapted.)

But you want (read: need) specifics, eh? You want all those numbers and science and stuff, eh? I hear you, brothers and sisters. You’re in for a doozy of a video. We’re about to open up a can of ketone testing knowledge and you’re about to down it like Popeye throwing back some tasty spinach.

If you’ve ever scratched your ketogenic head and pondered what was the best ketone testing method or stared at your new ketone tester in utter confusion, this video will bring everything into focus.

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  • Common ketone testing methods explained
  • Pros and cons for each method
  • Ketone testing tricks of the trade


Which ketone testing method works for you? If not testing, how can you tell when you’re in ketosis? Drop some knowledge in the comments below!

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  1. Hi there! Just wondering if your Keto-bundle is a paper/hard copy or if it’s all online. Thanks

    • Hi Michelle! It’s a digital program, but you’re welcome to print it out if you’d like :)

  2. Hi Leanne,
    I’ve been doing Keto for over a month before I found your videos and I have only lost 5 lbs. I started out eating dairy, I have stopped because I figured that might be my problem. I bought the items you use in you bulletproof coffee and I drink that for breakfast. I do intermittent fasting and I added more carbs. I was only eating 20g a day now I’m eating a little more. I upped my fats too (paleo for dinner meal) based on watching your videos. I am 60 years old and I’m 50lbs overweight. Do you coach outside of your videos? I’m so frustrated I’m sticking to the program and test my ketones daily and I’m always in ketosis but not losing weight. I feel lighter and better like I’ve lost inches. But the scale is not moving. I’m not sure if this is the way for me to eat to lose weight. Not sure what I’m doing wrong, I’m so discouraged.

    • Hi Aisha,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling frustrated! The scale won’t always move– even if you’re losing body fat. It’s a good idea to pay attention to the way your clothes fit or measure yourself instead. If you feel lighter and like you’ve lost weight, then it’s a good sign you have. Be patient and trust the process!

  3. Hi Leanne! I’m a Nurse Educator and teach Nutrition to our students, amongst other areas of the curriculum. Started my journey with the Keto lifestyle in June of 2017 after much research. I’ve been amazed by what I’ve learned about Keto and how our bodies handle lipids in the absence of carbohydrates. I’ve been disappointed by the mainstream Nutritionists who appear to encourage diet practices that have been proven to be wonky.

    I listen to your podcast and have really enjoyed the guests you include. It’s been a learning experience for me as well! From there, I purchased your book where I’ve taken in a wealth of information! (And great recipes too!)

    All of these things said, I wanted to pass the word about a website called “Keto-mojo” who offers a complete kit for Keto Blood Testing (monitor, lancets, ketone strips and bag) for $49.99! In addition, the same monitor will also test blood glucose! They are having a special at this time- and replacement Ketone stripes which come in containers of 50 are only 0.99cents each! I purchased 2 kits because it was such a great deal! I wanted to share- AND let you know that I enjoy your podcast during my commute into Tampa!

    • Wow, that’s super awesome! Thanks so much for sharing, Janet!