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Here we are, at Day 3 of your Go-Keto Kickstart Plan! Have you noticed how much you’ve learned already:

  • the keto diet and how it works
  • benefits of keto
  • what is ketosis
  • clean keto: how and why
  • how to eat keto.

You have also set the goals for your keto journey and yesterday, I’ve explained all about supplying your keto kitchen. Have you done your shopping yet? If not, today’s the day to do it. Because you’re almost through with preparations…

Tomorrow, it’s time to go keto!

But before you do, I have one more topic to cover: measuring your ketones. Because when you’re actually eating keto, you will want to know how well you are doing! Tracking your keto journey by measuring gives you the feedback you need. It will help you to finetune your diet and keep you motivated by showing you clear results of your efforts.

Why measure your ketone levels

As I explained on Day 1, in the keto diet, being and staying in ketosis is key for losing weight, optimizing performance and getting energized. And without measuring, there is no way of knowing whether you are in ketosis. There can be some physical signs, but you can’t feel it or see it with any certainty. Measuring your ketone levels is the only way to find out.

And once you are in ketosis, you will want to make sure that you’re going about your keto diet the right way. After all, it’s taking time and effort! And you will achieve the best results at a particular level of ketosis.

As you can see, for the very best results, you need to remain somewhere around the 2,5 Optimum Ketosis Level. And the only way to that, is by measuring regularly and keeping track of your levels.

How to measure your ketone levels

The ketones that your body produces can be found by two main methods of testing:

  • urine test (easy, not very precise)
  • blood test (easy, accurate)

It’s also possible to measure ketones in breath, but this is the least popular method. Breath analysis devices can be very expensive and they are tricky to use correctly and reliably.

1. Urine ketone test

Urine sticks are a low-budget option that can be helpful in the early stages of your keto diet, but most ketonians only use them for a short while and then move on to a ketone meter.

Using the sticks is easy: you dip the stick in your urine and then wait a few seconds. If you’re in ketosis, the colour of the square printed on the strip will change.

That way, the sticks give you a rough idea whether you are in ketosis or not. The downside is that they just aren’t very accurate, while a keto meter can show you very precisely what the effect of specific foods is on your ketosis.

2. Blood ketone test

Blood tests are the most accurate way of assessing ketosis. Blood ketone meters are user-friendly devices, they are very reliable and give you an instant result. And with a dual-purpose glucose and ketone meter, you can also check your blood glucose levels, which can be very helpful to see how you react to specific foods.

For the test, you draw a tiny drop of blood from your finger by giving it a little prick with a lancet. From the droplet the device takes a reading of the blood ketone levels. Don’t worry about the little finger prick: you will get used to it in no time. It’s very easy and quick.

The Go-Keto Meter:
the best option for measuring

Starting with urine strips is one way, but if you’re serious about your keto diet, the best advise is to get yourself our Go-Keto Kickstart Set containing the Go-Keto blood ketone and glucose Meter. It’s Europe’s # 1 keto meter, most used by ketonians and professionals, for a number of reasons: top accuracy, super easy to use, great deal!

And yes, there is time for you to order everything you need for measuring. Remember, once you start, it will still take a couple of days for you to get into ketosis. Which is why we have a great offer for you…

SPECIAL DISCOUNT
20% off Go-Keto Meter

Start measuring your glucose and ketones right from the beginning: get your Go-Keto Meter with 20% OFF at our Go-Keto Premium Brand shop at KetoFitShop.com! Just add the Go-Keto Kickstart Set to your cart and use the code 

MYGOKETOMETER20 

at checkout.

Find out more about the Go-Keto App!

Do you want to know more about the best ways to track your keto journey? Check out the articles in our Academy about the options for measuring ketones and the benefits of tracking your Glucose Ketone Index (GKI) with the Go-Keto App. Or check out this video where I explain how to use the Go-Keto Meter.

 

How often should you measure?

For the first 2 months of your keto diet, we recommend you measure your ketones 5 times a day:

🌞 when you get up in the morning

🕖 >1 hour after each meal

😴 before you go to bed

Once you are well adapted to the keto lifestyle, measuring 1-3 times a day is usually sufficient, but in the beginning of your keto journey, it pays to measure often.

Record what you eat, your activity level and your ketone (and glucose) levels. This way, you can find out how you react to certain foods and food combinations so that you can adjust your diet and exercise plan. And for tracking all that information, make sure to use the Go-Keto app for Android or for iOS! Keto made easy.

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Find out more about the Go-Keto App!

Do you want to know more about the best ways to track your keto journey? Check out the articles in our Academy about the options for measuring ketones and the benefits of tracking your Glucose Ketone Index (GKI) with the Go-Keto App. Or check out this video where Go-Keto Founder Ben Nordemann explains how to use the Go-Keto Meter.

To do: Keto Flight Check!

Now that you know what’s what when it comes to measuring your ketone levels and tracking your keto journey, you’re almost set to go tomorrow morning! Exciting, isn’t it?!

Before you start, I have a useful checklist for you that I’d like you to go through. With this Keto Flight Check, you make sure for yourself that you have everything in place to make a great start. If you’ve been with me so far, you should easily tick off all the items in the list below. you’re good to go keto!

If you …

  • Are through with procrastination
  • Understand the keto basics: ketosis, macro’s, what to eat
  • Have your personal goals hanging right there on the fridge door
  • Have done your keto shopping for the first day(s) (check yesterday’s to-do)
  • Have ordered your urine strips or Go-Keto Meter to measure your ketones
  • Feel excited and motivated to start your keto journey…

…you’re GOOD TO GO KETO
first thing tomorrow morning.

Just a few tips for that first day:

  • Go to bed early, make sure you get your sleep
  • Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day
  • Remember that your energy may be a bit low at first
  • If possible, don’t make your days too busy, relax
  • If you want to work out, great, but don’t overdo it
  • … and make sure you ENJOY YOUR MEALS!

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you all about what you may expect those first days of your keto journey and how to optimize it. Stay tuned!

Disclaimer

The information reflected in this article is intended for educational purposes only. Please consult your physician or medical specialist before making any major adjustments to your diet.