Ketone Readings, What Do They Mean?

There are different degrees of ketosis and depending on whether you are wanting to lose weight, boost your mental clarity, improve or prevent illnesses you will want to reach one of those different levels.

Here is a general breakdown of the stages of ketosis and what they mean.

A blood reading below .5 is not considered being in ketosis but a reading of something like .2 is a good starting point.

Readings at .5 to 1.5 generally mean you are in a light nutritional ketosis. You should be experiencing weight loss and have improved athletic performance.

A reading of 1.5 to 3.0 mean you are in optimal ketosis. This is a great level for maximum mental and physical performance and a significant increase in weight loss.

A reading of 3.0 to 6.0 is the therapeutic level of ketosis and are not necessarily needed when following the ketogenic diet for weight loss purposes. This would be the stage a Doctor might recommend to help with some health issues.

You also need to remember that your numbers may differ depending on your current health. Someone with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes will have different readings than someone who is healthy.

Remember this is just a guide to help you interpret where you are currently at. If your numbers are not where you want them to be, you can make modifications to what you’re eating to see how your numbers change.


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