What Is The Best Ketone Level For Weight Loss

by Penny Alba


Do more ketones improve fat loss? Contrary to what you may have heard, high levels of ketones do not guarantee increased fat loss. When you’re in ketosis, the level of ketones in your bloodstream won’t tell you how much fat you’re burning. It will only tell you how much power you currently have in your “fuel tank”.

Which ketone level is too high?

If you’re testing for ketones in your urine, a result above 2+ means there’s a high chance you have coronary artery disease and you should see a doctor right away.

What is the ideal level of ketosis?

If your goal is to lose weight, stay in nutritional ketosis. For the best weight loss results, the optimal ketone range is between 1.0 and 3.0 mmol/L. It takes a few days for the body to burn glycogen stores in the liver and muscles.

Which color on the ketone strip is best for weight loss?

Any color on the ketone strip, from pink to purple, indicates fat burning (ketosis). Some people get a darker ketone band color and get the same weight loss results as someone with a lighter color.

How can I speed up weight loss in ketosis?

To speed up your keto weight loss, I recommend the following:
Avoid snacks.
Reduce calories.
Sleep more.
Give up alcohol.
Exercise more.
Be careful with your medications .

Why are my ketones high but I’m not losing weight?

You’re eating too much

If you’re in ketosis but not losing weight, you may be eating more than your body can burn. Fat contains twice as many calories per gram of protein or carbohydrate.

Is it better to have higher ketone levels?

For most people, “low” or “high” ketone levels make no difference to health and weight loss, and in general, we don’t recommend aiming for a specific ketone level. However, for some people whose weight plateaus while on a low-carb diet, trying to increase ketone levels may be beneficial.

What time of day are ketones highest?

However, different individuals tend to vary in the levels and patterns of their blood ketones. Some people are higher in the morning and tend to have reduced levels after meals (perhaps due to the protein and carbohydrates they consume in the diet). Others of us tend to go to bed in the morning and then get up for the day.

Does exercise help ketosis?

Exercise can also help you get into ketosis faster by using available glucose stores. Prolonged exercise or slower paced endurance sports (like bicycling, swimming, jogging, etc.) also force you to switch to fat as your primary fuel source, which can further promote a ketotic state. (18).

Why am I not in ketosis without carbs?

The most common reason for not going into ketosis is not cutting carbs enough. According to a 2019 article on the ketogenic diet, carbs should only make up 5-10% of a person’s calorie intake. Specifically, most ketogenic diets require a person to cut between 20 and 50 grams of carbs per day.


When you are not in ketosis, your ketone levels typically range from 0.1 mmol/L to 0.3 mmol/L. Stress and high carbohydrate and protein dietary intake can kick you out of ketosis. For nutritional ketosis, ketone levels range from 0.5 to 2 mmol/L. The optimal range (“sweet spot”) is between 1.5 and 3 mmol/L.

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