Other Reduced Carb Diets - Amount of ketones?

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04-02-2013, 10:14 AM
Is there an amount of ketones you should go by? I use the "Ketostix" brand and it goes from trace to large amounts. I try to keep it on the moderate to lower end of large. Is there any improvement if I were to take it to the higher end of large??

Thanks in advance!

04-03-2013, 02:57 PM
Ketostix do not measure amounts of ketones they just indicate if they are present in urine or not. The darkness of the strips is usually level of dehydration (darker = more dehydrated). If you want to accurately measure the amount of ketones you need a blood ketone meter. For nutritional ketosis it is recommended by Phinney and Volek, to lose weight, that you achieve a .5 mM or higher level of blood ketones.