I removed sugar and readily digestible carbohydrates from my diet over one year ago. I am reasonably good at logging information and my weight loss speaks to successfully entering and staying in a state of ketosis, the body’s fat burning mode. After reading Moore and Westman’s Keto Clarity I learned that inexpensive ketone monitoring devices exist. One such device is the Abbott Precision Neo. The device measures ketones and glucose. Interestingly the device is free (it was at a local London Drugs, it is over-the-counter) if you commit purchasing 100 test strips (glucose or ketones). The device is $40 and reduced to $0. The glucose and ketone strips are $75 and $26, respectively. The ketone strips are universally expensive.
What did I learn? I’m in ketosis despite eating 80% chocolate and consuming sugar free ice cream (loaded with polyol maltiol). Some things were news to me. For instance, my blood sugar level would rise after exercise, a result of gluconeogenesis? Ketones would drop with exercise. This should have been expected if they are used for fuel. Ketones rise to maximum levels of ~ 3 mMol when I consume large amounts of olive oil and or butter. Moore and Westman are right: if you don’t reach ketosis you need to consume more fat. Lastly, coffee does not influence my glucose levels. I’m relieved because it is not something I’ll soon do without.