“If you are in ketosis” and “no luck with strips”.
IF you are a beginner you do NOT KNOW you are in ketosis then you don’t need ‘luck’ you need positive (or negative) feed back.
If you are in ketosis and a beginner you NEED a method to detect that.
A meter will work but they are relatively expensive and quite unnecessary even though they are quite nice to have.
They are a lot more expensive and each test is far more expensive. (about 10 times.)
**Sticks will do it too. **
If you can turn the stick purple you are almost certainly losing weight, but you are definitely in ketosis.
If you get a negative strip test the you are almost certainly not losing weight and not in ketosis.
As the strip darkens from light pink through rosy you are more probably doing it effectively.
**If you can’t make the strip very rosy, TIGHTEN YOUR diet to exclude more carbs. **
Stop counting, just don’t eat them until you can get the stick at least very rosy.
Get in ketosis on the meter then check the urine strip. You will pee pink to purple in relation to what the meter shows unless PERHAPS you have been in ketosis so many weeks.
The beginners need them and everybody can use them.
Stop trying to convince beginners they don’t work you are HARMING THEM.