Diets

This $9 Test Can Check If Your Keto Diet Is Working

If you’re on the keto diet, you know that achieving ketosis — the state when the body gets its energy from fats instead of carbs — is the key to success. Though there are some vague signs you’re there, it’s pretty hard to detect. But surprisingly, you don’t need an expensive blood test to confirm your ketosis status, a simple trip to the bathroom with a keto test strip will do the trick. 

These strips measure the levels of a compound called ketone in your urine. In just seconds, the strip will display a color that indicates the amount, so there is no waiting around like you would in the doctor’s office. Simply check for your color in the included guide, and it’ll inform you just where you land on the ketosis scale. The amount can vary greatly, but the colors from small-to-large, are very distinct and easy to tell apart. 

Keto test strips are widely praised among dieters for being affordable, accurate, and pretty darn easy to use. Some of these products, like Perfect Keto Ketone Testing Strips ($7.99, Amazon) instruct you to put the test strips into a cup of urine to get your results. Others, such as RUEplus Ketone Test Strips ($8.99, Amazon) allow you to test your levels directly in the urine stream without a cup. Whatever method you choose is a personal preference and depends on what you feel most comfortable doing on a regular basis. But either way, isn’t it cool that you can keep track of your keto progress from your own home?

Remember: Always talk to your doctor before starting any new diet, especially a restrictive one like keto.

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