In this post I explain the three main options available for measuring ketones at home. I discuss the pros and cons of each of these when it comes to measuring ketone levels. Want to know which will be the best for you? Then you're in the right place.
Let's get straight into it!
(If you'd prefer to watch this on video, here it is!)
There are a few different ways of measuring whether you're in ketosis or not:
Urinary Ketone Sticks (Ketostix)
Blood Ketone Monitors
Breath Ketone Monitors
All have their strengths and weaknesses, and by the end of this post you're going to have a really good understanding of which will be the best one for you. As a bonus, I'm going to add in a fourth way at the end, as well.
Let's start with a very popular method!
Urine Ketone Sticks
In summary, it's a really cheap, easy way of getting started with monitoring, but just be aware it may not last.
If you want to learn more about why sometimes you don't get ketones in your urine while on a ketogenic low carb diet, then check this out. You can read my article about it here - no ketones in urine - or you can just watch this video.
Blood Ketone Monitor
Breath Ketone Monitor
Bonus: Don't check your ketones at all!
The final, bonus method for measuring your ketosis is not to measure it at all.
Stay with me here.
When I lost 30 kilograms, it took me a little bit over six months. I didn't use any of these methods. I didn't need to, and I've actually made an entire video about how to just monitor the symptoms of your ketosis in order to know whether you're in ketosis. You can check that post and video out here.
There you go. You've got three different ways to actually measure your ketone levels. You've got the pros and cons of each, and you've got the fourth bonus method.