When the body is in the fat burning state — where it has no carbohydrate to burn and is breaking down body fat for fuel, the body is in a state of ketosis. So being in ketosis simply means that you're burning your fat stores and using them as the source of fuel they were meant to be.
We use XLR8 Ketone Test Strips to measure this.
What are XLR8 Ketone Strips?
XLR8 Ketone Strips are small, thin plastic strips with a small reagent area on them.
When XLR8 Ketone Strips are passed through a stream of urine, the reagent area changes color to indicate the amount of ketones that are present in your urine. This is an important indicator for those on XLR8 because it lets us know that our body has adapted to ketosis and we are doing the diet right.
How do I use them?
Simply hold the strip through a stream of urine. Wait approximately 15 seconds and then compare your results to the back of the bottle of strips.
A beige or cream color indicates NO KETOSIS detected. Any shade of pink/purple indicates some level of ketones in the urine.
How often should I test?
It is recommended you test morning and night to give you a proper inidcation of your Ketosis. Morning will give a different reading than later in the day. You can test more throughout the day if you want check how much carbs you can have before you are not in Ketosis.
This is a great motivator everyday to keep you on XLR8,it is a great feeling seeing XLR8 Ketone Stick turn purple. It’s a little bit of positive reinforcement that those of us on XLR8 are doing the program right and we are well on our way to getting off this roller coaster of dieting. This is the “proof” you need to stay committed that your body truly is burning fat and it can sometimes be the little push we need to put to ensure we stay focused and reduce the carbs throughout the day.
What if your stick doesn't turn?
A negative result does not always mean you're not in ketosis. If you're keeping your carbs at 20 grams a day, you're probably in ketosis.
Keep in mind, though, that it's possible to keep your actual carb count low and still side-step ketosis. The reason could be with some hidden ingredients in foods even a small amount of "High Fructose Corn Syrup" (HFCS), which can cause a strong insulin spike and halt fat burning. HFCS is far more destructive to your health andyour weight loss than regular sugar. Make sure you keep an eye on everything you eat and look for hidden sugars