If you’ve followed my Keto Instagram page for a while, you know I’m obsessed with testing my ketone levels. Personally, I think that testing your blood ketones are an absolute necessity as you navigate the Keto Diet, and being in Ketosis. This post isn’t about how to monitor blood ketones or what the testing means, but is literally just a basic review of my new favorite Ketocoach Ketone Monitor.
I started chatting with Matt, the KetoCoach founder, about 8 months ago. He had been creating some urine strips which he sent me to try, and they seemed really great, but what I was really interested in was his promise for a new Blood Ketone monitor. The only one I had trusted at the time was the KetoMojo monitor, which you’ve no doubt heard me mention a few times on the blog and on my Instagram page. I loved that monitor, and was thrilled that a new one was going to be hitting the market!!
I’ve been testing this monitor out for a little bit now, and I have to say that I won’t ever switch back to my KetoMojo, and the reason is all in one word: TEST STRIPS!
Overall both monitors are great and easy to use. I liked the KetoMojo finger-pricker more, so I use that one with my KetoCoach Ketone monitor (which is why in the pics, that thing looks different than the KetoCoach stock pick). Not sure why, theirs is fine too, but I had just been used to the KetoMojo one so I stuck with it. The carrying case each come with is comparable, and both monitors are easy to read, although I do like KetoCoach’s more than KetoMojo because it’s slimmer. The real meat of improvement is how KetoCoach packages their test strips.
Check them out:
Each one is individually wrapped, which is entirely different than the way KetoMojo’s are packed (they’re packed all together in a little tub). Now, you might think it’s wasteful to have them all individually wrapped, but here’s what’s actually wasteful (and dumb): I accidentally left the top of my KetoMojo strip tub open once, not realizing they’re sensitive to the light. ALL OF THEM WERE RUINED. They’re $0.99 a pop (vs KetoCoach’s, which are $0.59 each, another win to KetoCoach). I was so mad, but I wasn’t about to buy new ones because of my own stupid mistake. I lost a bunch of money there, but hey…live and learn, right? Now, I can pack only the strips I need when I’m traveling (I test almost every day at work at some point), and having them individually wrapped means I’m always getting a fresh strip, every time. It’s plain genius, that’s it!
So, the cost: Right now the KetoCoach starter kit is on sale for $49.95 which is absolutely 10000% worth it. 50 test strips are $34.95, which is a lot better than $0.99/strip too, but the starter kit does come with 10 strips, plus the carrying case, and everything you need to get started.
Here are some tips, and after a month of being sick and eating junky food due to parties, birthdays, holidays, etc., I used my monitor to make sure I got back in Ketosis fast:
- The quickest way for ME to get back into Ketosis is to fast. I fasted for almost 42 hours, and at the 24 hour mark, my blood ketones were at 0.5 (you want to be around 0.5-3.0 mmol/L for optimal nutritional ketosis, but I’ve never gotten higher than 1.8 in all my readings). At the 36 hour mark, they were at 0.7, and then right around the 41 hour mark I tested a 1.4. They say your body gets faster at getting back into ketosis once you’ve been “in it” for a while before, so I know that helped me, but tracking like this is just such a great way to measure so that you KNOW!
- In the beginning I’ve tested right before I end every fast (I usually fast daily at a 16:8 interval; 16 hours fasted, 8 hour eating window).
- Now that I’m certain I’m on the right track again, I’ll test an hour or two after dinner, right around the time my fast is beginning again, just to make sure I’m still good.
- Buy some little alcohol pads to stick in the carrying case. They’re super cheap, good for any first aid kit along with carrying in your KetoCoach Monitor kit because you can’t always get to a spot to wash your hands before you test.
- Rub your finger before you test–it will hurt less, and there will be more blood.
- Make sure you have enough blood! I’ve wasted several strips thinking “there’s enough” when there definitely wasn’t. Just make sure you’ve got a good blob going so that you won’t get an error message!
- Don’t become obsessed with measuring. I’m a little obsessed myself, but it will get verrrrryyyy expensive if you don’t limit yourself. This is another reason I kind of lost it with KetoMojo. I didn’t want to believe my strips were bad, and I just went into a downward spiral of defeat when I kept pulling a “Lo” on that monitor when I KNEW I was eating perfectly (another reason to only buy the KetoCoach ones, again so you KNOW you’re getting a fresh strip every time…have a mentioned how great that is?! LOL)
Have you tried the KetoCoach Ketone Monitor yet?!