Greetings! Am a total newbie here (and to Keto). I’ve got a question that perhaps those more experienced here can shed light on.
BACKGROUND: I’m a male in my early 60’s in pretty good health despite years of high carb/low fat eating (yeah, I carefully followed that classic USDA/AHA silliness).
Anyhow, after researching a lot, I decided to take the keto leap.
HERE’S WHAT I DID: Exactly 4 days I sharply switched from my lifelong high carb/low fat eating to a faithful high fat/low carb diet (eggs, beef, bacon, cheese, nice clean salads, etc) with limited net carbs of only 25-35g daily. Kept my fat intake up (avg just over 100g) and reasonable protein levels (avg 75-100g). I’ve been tracking all this very carefully with Carb Manager to derive such figures. Also, I’ve stayed well hydrated with plenty of H2O and trying to keep my sodium levels up.
RESULTS: Frankly, I feel GREAT. No keto-flu, despite being braced for the misery I’d read about. This diet is nothing like what I’ve been eating for decades … no digestive issues and everything tastes great. Energy level is high and I’m loving it.
MY CONCERN: Ok, so today my Keto-Mojo meter just arrives and so around noon (before eating my 1st meal of the day, which is typical for my schedule) but having recently worked out for about 30 minutes of solid daily cardio, I tested my glucose and ketones with the keto-mojo unit. Now I’m baffled…
KETONES: 1.6 mmol/L … but not sure I got quite enough blood up the strip. So I immediately took a second reading with what I hoped was sufficient blood, and the second reading was 2.2 mmol/L … I mean, REALLY?
Seriously, don’t get me wrong - I’m NOT disappointed - on the contrary. I’m skeptical. I’ve only been at this 4 days and have had no “flu” symptoms and feel fantastic - even beginning to sense I’m eating more than my hunger even requires.
But frankly, if I’m really in ketosis, perhaps this was TOO easy. I braced myself for a week or two of challenging transition symptoms. I fully appreciate that making the switch is typically difficult and so I just assumed my experience would be similar.
As a result, I’m doubting these keto test results. I’m wondering if perhaps I didn’t get enough blood on the meter stick and THAT’S why I’m getting artificially high ketone readings?
FWIW, my glucose - which I tested first - came in at 71 mg/dl. This produces a GKI of between 1.8 to 2.5 (depending on which of those two BHB Ketone readings I use). If I understand correctly, this would also suggest a high level of ketosis is underway.
Am I REALLY off to such a successful start down this Keto path? If so, it was a lot easier than I expected - and so I’m a bit skeptical I can trust these test results.
Anyone have a similar transition experience? …or hear of others on a life-long high carb/low fat diet with such a seamless transition to ketosis?
Any fact-based perspectives you might share would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance.