What should my ketone reading be?

Updated 2 months ago by Chloe Kesler

Nutritional ketosis optimal zone is between 0.5 to 3.5 According to Dr's Jeff S. Volek Phd, RD and Stephen D. Phinney MD, Phd  Authors of The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living.

The Ketone Zone
Infographic for ketone levels

We like to test our ketones first thing in the morning before breakfast, as generally, they are at their lowest, and that gives you a baseline for the day. The second time for testing is just before our evening meal when generally they are at their highest. In addition to those times we do curiosity testing, That is before a meal and at 40, 80 and 120 mins after eating to see what foods can make a difference.

We find that the use glucose strips are a good indicator of food triggers as blood sugar changes far more rapidly than ketones (ketones are slow to move and sometimes its what happened the day before that matters most). In such when investigating foods our go to sleuthing tool is the glucose test. Same protocol as before. That is before a meal and at 40, 80 and 120 mins after eating to see what foods can make a difference.

You can order more ketone strips online here


How did we do?