Absolutely not worthless, Ketosticks are the MOST PRICE EFFECTIVE way to monitor you progress especially when you are new to keto.
We’ve been using them for 40 years (literally) and they’ve worked for everyone in our family and everyone we’ve helped with keto.
Some experienced people don’t need them, but better to use them and not need them than to need them and not have them.
Many beginners fail simply because a) they accidentally ingest carbs in all kinds of food where you would never expect to find it MUCH LESS SUGAR and b) no feedback.
Only recently did we buy a ketone blood meter (which is BETTER but more expensive) and I’ve been calibrating our ketosticks to the meter.
I am doing this for both my 8-month carnivore 9 day extended fast into DEEP AUTOPHAGY (beyond deep ketosis). (For reference my meter his my highest at 6.9 tonight) and also for my who just restarted keto “as a beginner”.
Her’s tracked for starting, which is where it is most useful and most needed, but my tracks perfectly within the limits of accuracy as shown on the label.
I am doing both every day just to prove these darn things work.
It’s all we had in 1979.
99% of the time if you can turn the stick rosy you are losing fat, and if you can’t even make it pinkish you aren’t.
If you go to the local drug store they are double the cost but on Amazon they are cheap.
Stick a few in your pocket each day so you can test away from home (throw them away if you don’t use them because once out of the bottle they spoil after that.)
So for $8 bucks on Amazon you can have a cheap, easy, and portable way to test your level of ketosis and get feedback on how you are doing
When you don’t need them you will know, and the $8 is almost meaningless compared to making your chance of success go up several times over.