- Apr 21, 2021
How To Use The Ketone Breath Meter?
How To Use The Ketone Breath Meter?
In order to receive the most accurate readings from your Ketone Breath Meter, please follow the instructions presented to you here to get the best results on the ketogenic diet.
Preparation for optimal results
- Use the ketosis tester during fasted state in the morning time but not during 1 hour of waking up.
- Do not brush your teeth, use mouth wash or consume food, beverages except water 1 hour before using and no alcohol or smoking before 24 hours of using the device.
- Maintain good levels of hydration for accurate reporting.
- Consume the correct amount of macronutrients for your body type
Steps for breath analysis
Press the power button for two seconds whereby the device will turn on and beep.
Three (3) colored lights will appear on the device and within 10-30 seconds the device will be operational.
Once Warm up is complete, the device will beep and signify the "Blow" instruction.
Hold the mouthpiece to your mouth, take a natural inhale and blow with reasonably strong intensity over a period of 10 seconds.
(DO NOT take a deep breath beforehand).
It is recommended but not compulsory that the user blows as much as they can of the 10 seconds, so that the sensor can detect the ketones within the breath. Meter will automatically power off.
If multiple readings are taken within a short time frame, your ketosis state is determined by the highest results, as this is an indicator of the highest concentration of ketones sitting at the bottom of your lungs that were released.
Please note that you should only be blowing into your ketosis tester, once every 3-5 minutes. Otherwise this can also lead to inaccuracies with your device.
What Are Ketones In Breath?
One of the most popular ways that many people undergoing the ketogenic diet actually measure how their body is reacting to the dieting is with the help of Ketones. The term Ketones is something that often gets thrown around with these types of diets alongside what they can do for the body.
In the diet, participants will be on a very low-carb restricted diet that will force their body to start using up some of its fat supplies so that a person can become much leaner. Rather than relying on empty carbohydrates and sugar energy that a person could be consuming, the body instead starts to break down some of its fat supplies which can lead to rapid weight loss.
Ketones which are a big part of the ketogenic diet, are a byproduct of the body breaking down fat. They are basically described medically as a compound containing carbonyl groups. In a way they are just a chain of carbon atoms but the bodies themselves are normal metabolic products in a highly varied structure that will break down fats throughout the body and turn them into sugars or energy for the body to use.
Why breath technique is important
A natural inhale with a reasonably forced exhale into the ketone breath meter is essential as the last of the air in your lungs often has some of the highest concentrations of ketones to measure accurately your states of ketosis.
Ketones tend to sit at the bottom of our lungs. With the correct technique used consistently, we can gather the correct data to accurately measure our progress on the keto diet.
Each individual will have their own metabolism and lifestyle that can affect the readings, but most of the factors that will read ketones can be present in the breathing technique.
Why should we monitor our state of ketosis
There are many factors that can affect ketosis. In order to stick to a keto diet and to be in a state of increased performance and fat burning, you will need to measure that your body remains in an optimal state of ketosis.
The most simple and convenient method is through the Ketosis tester that can provide results that show the right balance of foods and exercise in your lifestyle.
Making adjustments through intermittent fasting, changing your macronutrients or even adding exercise can help you to affect the total amount of ketones that can be found in your system indicating greater amounts of fat burning, improved training performance and more...
When should you be measuring ketones?
With any low carbohydrate diet, there are some specific times when it can be more beneficial to measure the presence of ketones.
One of the best times that you can measure ketone breath levels to get a consistent base line is an hour after waking up. We recommend at least an hour as the body during this period produces glucose to aid the waking process.
The morning reading provides a good base line to compare how ketosis levels change throughout the day, depending upon your activity or food consumption. This insight is perfect for increasing or decreasing factors that could be affecting your health and weight loss goals.
Choosing a consistent time in the morning when the presence of ketones is at its maximum and then choosing a time in the evening when you are likely to have your largest meal (take around 15 mins after) will give you an idea of the range that your body typically experiences. You now have your highest and lowest concentrations for ketones.
Keeping the range of ketones in your body at a fairly consistent rate will mean discovering averages. Measuring at specific times when your ketone levels are at their highest and lowest can help guide with the average concentration of ketones for achieving training goals.
Readings before and after you exercise
Measuring your results during exercise or directly after exercise with the Ketone breath analyzer can sometimes produce a false positive of glucose.
Certain types of exercise like high intensity interval training can produce glucose during training. This can throw off your value of ketones until your muscles are able to appropriately absorb that glucose.
We suggest testing before exercise or at intervals of 30 to 60 min. after exercise to get the most accurate reading.
What do my ketosis results mean?
Once the full "Blow" period has been completed, the device will report the necessary readings whilst showing "Result" on the screen.
- Readings of 0.00 signify the person is not in a state of ketosis.
- Readings of 0.01 - 0.03 signify the person is in a light state of ketosis (the process of Fats being used by the body as the main source of energy has began).
- Readings of 0.04 - 0.15 and above signify the person is in full state of ketosis (the process of fats are being used by the body as the main source of energy).