Keto Sticks or Ketostix are used to check if your body is creating ketones. It’s basically how we keto-ers check to see if we’ve done a good job, and also to make sure we haven’t done TOO good of a job.
Keto sticks are especially helpful in your first couple of months, but once you get into the swing of things, you’ll have figured out what types of food put you into ketosis or not.
Other things to know:
- You can cut keto sticks in half (the long way) to double your inventory.
- All brands work the same, so get the cheap ones if you want.
- If your keto stick is dark purple, drink lots of water and bouillon, you want it to be pink—you’ll get very sick from producing too many ketones.
Also a note: everybody is different.
For example, in the first three weeks that we were in Keto, we went to Disney World—we obviously enjoy being tortured. I actually did great during those days, taking buns off of burgers and drinking a lot of water. The worse part of keto is, by the way, trying to eat at normal restaurants and paying $12 for a burger when all you eat is the patty.
Anyway, on our last leg of the last day in Disney, I caved and bought a hot, crispy, sugar-coated, pumpkin funnel cake. I split it with P and two other people so that it wasn’t too bad for me. I also got a giant caramel apple after that, but P just stuck to the quarter of a funnel cake.
The next day we tested our keto sticks and P was kicked out of keto and I wasn’t. Even though I ate all that sugar, I remained in keto throughout, while P was off the boat.
He responds to sugar and carbs similarly – I can have a glass of red wine and be fine, but it’ll kick him out – in fact he’s likely to even gain weight from it when I won’t. I can have 50 net carbohydrates (and more) a day without getting kicked out, and he has to keep it under 30.
In some ways, this works in his favor. He’s much better at eating keto than I am because he knows that even an ounce of sugar or bread kicks him off the plank, while I can get away with it.
Getting away with it isn’t a good thing, and it leads to things like my elaborate 3-week Christmas binge, or a pizza road trip, like we did for our 11/11 anniversary. Bad.
Keto is a lifestyle more than a diet though, so if your keto stick says that you’re out, then just quit eating sweets, it’s as simple as that!