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Old 10-06-2011, 09:34 PM   #1
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Here I am again - I'm just not a happy camper
My coach gave me some Ketostix Strips to confirm if I'm actually in Ketosis as my losses are quit slow.

Has anybody had any experience with these?
I just tried it before I ate dinner (wasn't sure if there was a specific time)

Basically the read out is
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5 (trace)
15 (small)
40 (moderate)
80 (large)
160

Mine showed 5 - trace
Now I'm really wondering what the heck I am doing wrong.....
Emailed my coach but haven't heard back from her yet
Would love to know if others have tried and what their readout was
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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I have seen some people LIVE by these things, and other like myself dont worry about this... if You are following protocol then you have nothing to worry about... This is just my 5 cents!!
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I also saw where someone had said people on IP don't get into the darker colours on these because of the amount of water they drink.
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I hope both of you guys are right - I hate to think I've been eating like this and spending all the money for no reason.
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IIWY I would test first thing in the morning. I would think that's when it would be the most concentrated and give you the most accurate result. Personally though I figure as long as I follow protocol I'm in Ketosis (and I don't need something else to obsess over!) so I haven't gotten any yet.
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I hope both of you guys are right - I hate to think I've been eating like this and spending all the money for no reason.
They are both right!

The ketostix show concentration, not a level of ketosis, so if you are drinking all the water you are supposed to, you should show up in the trace. See you are doing fine!
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I have NEVER used these or tested myself I just follow what I am suppose to do!
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WUV - never say never... I thought the same thing a waste of time... but

If you are in my predictament, and the coaches have looked at my food diary and there is nothing in there that would cause all this ups and downs. They are thinking the weeks that I am gaining I am kicking myself out of ketosis.. How that is, is what we have to figure out. May have a clue from someone but we will see. I guess what I am saying this is a tool for the coaches to help us if we are really having issues. I can't really think my body is done losing weight but am beginning to wonder what is up.

So the vote on ketosis stiks I would only use if like me you have stopped losing or are so up and down the coaches can't figure it out and this is just one more tool for them too.
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I use to use those when I did Atkins years ago and due to all of the water I drank mine was also at the trace level. My coach this time asked me if I wanted to use them and I said no. I always know when I'm in ketosis because I have the breath to prove it and I wake up earlier in the morning. Really if you are following this diet 100% you will be in ketosis.
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you would think so wouldn't you... I guess we will see in the next couple weeks for me...
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WUV - never say never... I thought the same thing a waste of time... but

If you are in my predictament, and the coaches have looked at my food diary and there is nothing in there that would cause all this ups and downs. They are thinking the weeks that I am gaining I am kicking myself out of ketosis.. How that is, is what we have to figure out. May have a clue from someone but we will see. I guess what I am saying this is a tool for the coaches to help us if we are really having issues. I can't really think my body is done losing weight but am beginning to wonder what is up.

So the vote on ketosis stiks I would only use if like me you have stopped losing or are so up and down the coaches can't figure it out and this is juscct one more tool for them too.
I didn't say I Never would use them, I said I have never used them or tested myself. I didn't say they didn't work or weren't necessary
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Thanks for everyone's input.
I was just worried that I wasn't in Ketosis as I don't have Ketosis breath, never felt dizzy or lightheaded...
Also, I just had my 4th weigh in and went up .8 lbs!
As far as I know I have been 100% OP and just needed to verify whether I was wasting my money as my loss is slow.
My coach was baffled and gave me the strips to try.
I will try one in the morning to see if there is any difference due to concentration.

The things we worry about - Have a great night everyone!
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I test 3-4 times daily and always range between light and trace. I am a very small loser. 1-2 lbs per week:-( very frustrating. My coach and I are talking about this and I am trying some different thingsbased on her recommendations to increase the losses.
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I use them sporatically and also see that I am generally in the "trace" level. I think for me they just verify that I am in ketosis.
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I use them every now and then, they are always in the trace to low range, once or twice they went up to med level, but I didn't drink a lot of water.
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