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Smackfat Ketone Strips: Urine Ketone Testing Strips for Keto Dieters

Those of us who subscribe to a high fat and low carbohydrate diet have good reasons for doing so.

Some may be diabetic and trying to manage symptoms. Some of us change our diets to improve our health and well being, gain energy and mental clarity or to lose weight.

The ideal state for those of us who subscribe to a low-carbohydrate diet is called ketosis where the body uses ketones as fuel rather than glucose.

Keto - Change your fuel

So, if you are here, you probably want to know if your body is in ketosis or not.

Using Smackfat Ketone Strips is an easy, quick and painless way to read your ketone levels and to give you a simple answer to the question – Am I in ketosis?

With a simple urine test, you can eliminate the stress of not knowing allowing you to focus on day to day living and to enjoy the delicious food that comes with your new ketogenic lifestyle.

When you start out on a paleo or keto diet, you probably just want an easy and cheap answer to whether you are producing ketones: Smackfat’s Ketone Strips make the process easy and adjusting your diet a breeze.

What You Get and What the Reading Means

You can expect to find 100 easy-to-read testing strips in their own container, so there will be enough to last through frequent testing. (Keep the container securely closed in between uses.)

Smackfat Ketone test strips are formulated for easy urinalysis—just insert a strip into a urine sample and wait a short time for the strip to change color.

A handy chart on the side of the container will tell you the level of ketones in your urine.

The very first color on the chart, shows you what the strip looks like when you take it out the container and before it comes into contact with urine.

Then it shows the different levels, which are:

  • 0.5 – lightest color – indicating trace levels of ketones.
  • 1.5 – the next color (light pink) – showing low levels of ketones.
  • 4.0 – medium pink – shows a medium amount of ketones in the urine.
  • 8.0 – maroonish – large amounts of ketones present.
  • 16.0 burgundy – very high levels of ketones.

With the Smackfat Ketone test strips, you can get an easy indication of your ketone levels. ‘

How to measure ketones when you start Keto

I often get asked how dark it should be?

The difficulty in answering this question is that these levels will differ from person to person and that once you are keto adapted, you may no longer find ketones in the urine even though you may still be in a state of ketosis.

The levels can also be influenced by how hydrated or dehydrated you are. 

When a person is dehydrated, the color can often be darker.

If you get a very dark color, you may want to drink some water and retest. If a very dark color persists, you should consult with your medical practitioner.

In reality when you start out, you want to know that ketones are present in your urine, the exact level is less important.

Smackfat provides much more than just easy ketone testing—you get educational videos both on how to use the strips and how to lead a healthy ketogenic lifestyle.

For easy and supportive ketone testing when you start out on a ketogenic diet, Smackfat is hard to beat.

Pros

  • Easy-to-read color chart
  • Non-invasive urinalysis testing
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to dispose of
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Videos provided for extra support

Cons

  • Levels can be confusing depending on your goals and may only be accurate in the early days of being in ketosis.
  • Very basic readings – if you want more information from your ketone reading, you may need to explore other options like breath or blood readers.

Summary

If you’re starting with a keto diet and working to change your fuel from sugar to fat and need an easy, non-invasive and cheap way to check for ketones, then the Smackfat Ketone test strips are the way to go.

Keep these in your bag, medicine cabinet, or bathroom counter for easy access, and the handy color chart will help with interpreting how to adjust your diet to maximize your ketone levels.

Whether you are looking to lose weight or live in a cleaner life, Smackfat Ketone test strips are an easy first step to measure your keto levels.

In addition to 100 easy to use urinalysis test strips that you can use in your own home, Smackfat provides helpful information, videos and access to communities of people who use their ketone testing strips for various reasons.

A lifetime guarantee offers peace of mind, so if you are unsatisfied with your purchase, you can apply for a full refund.

Comparison

A few alternatives to the Smackfat Ketone test strips are out there, just in case you seek another avenue to ketone testing.

The OneEarth brand Ketone test strips are a very similar product. They have updated their product and now have 150 testing strips per container, making it very good value for money.

They have a very similar color chart, with easy to use instructions and their strips are manufactured in the USA.

OneEarth also offers a food chart to help with managing your low carbohydrate diet, which they will email at no cost to you.

Perfect Keto’s test strips are very similar and also a good option. Perfect Keto has a growing range of products supporting a keto lifestyle and often have great discounts in their store.

If you want to take your keto testing to the next level, you may want to consider a breathalyzer or a blood ketone monitoring system.

The KetoNix breathalyzer is expensive, but it is a once of payment and requires no strips. It measures acetone in the breath, so is painless.

It needs to connect to a smart device and they are sold with either a USB connection or a bluetooth connection.

For the most accurate results, you’ll need a blood ketone tester.

The Keto-Mojo testing kit can measure both glucose levels and ketone levels.

It is a finger prick test and you’ll have to buy strips as you need them.

The price of these strips used to be really high, but with more companies making these now, the prices are becoming more competitive.

Demonstration of all 3 Methods

For more information on the three different ways to measure ketones, watch Jason Wittrock demonstrate how he uses all three...

Verdict

Once you’ve made the choice to pursue a ketogenic lifestyle and the decision that you want to measure ketones simply and easily, give Smackfat’s Ketone test strips a go.

They are good enough when you start out. When you need better readings, consider the breath or blood testing kits.

Make sure to consult your doctor before pursuing a new diet, but an easy-to-use and read ketone testing system is important to incorporate into a diet that relies on measuring ketones and adjusting your diet accordingly.

Allow yourself to pursue your health goals with a sense of confidence: try the Smackfat Ketone test strips and start making necessary changes today.

Your health is important to you – be aware of your ketone levels and stay on top of your low carbohydrate diet with urinalysis Smackfat Ketone test strips.

About the Author

About Noline at Essential Keto

Noline is a chartered accountant and therapeutic reflexologist who converted to the keto lifestyle after losing 55 pounds without counting calories or starving herself. 

She is a student of Professor Tim Noakes and the Nutrition Network and feels compelled to share the low carb lifestyle with as many people as possible.

She does this at Essential Keto where she shares resources, recipes and her experiences, whilst working on losing that last 10 pounds.

Noline
 

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 18 comments
Marianne - July 28, 2019

What can I do to get into ketosis, if the reading on the strips shows that I am not quite there?

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    Noline - July 29, 2019

    Hey Marianne, if you are just starting out then the urine reading should be easy to see. If you have been keto for a while, the reading on the urine strips becomes less obvious.

    If you know that you are not in ketosis and needs some help, then try these 4 steps to get into ketosis.

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JESSICA GODFREDSON - February 3, 2019

I don’t understand what color should I be in??? This is so confusing

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    Noline - February 14, 2019

    Hi Jessica

    The color depends on a number of factors. Like how hydrated you are, how long you have been following a keto diet and so on. So unfortunately there is not just one answer.

    What color do you get?

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Jenny - July 11, 2018

How long do you need to wait, (if any) to read the test? Do the test strips darken as they evaporate? Just wondering because I have returned 15 minutes after a test and it has darkened considerably.

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    Noline - July 28, 2018

    Hi Jenny, you should wait about two minutes.

    I don’t know why it would darken more. Maybe they dry out. As I understand they are not designed to stand for that long, so you won’t get an accurate result if you leave them for too long.

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Jen - June 29, 2018

Why my test so light every time ? What does it mean ?

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    Noline - July 28, 2018

    Hi Jen, the color isn’t really that important and there are many reasons why the color varies with hydration being one of them.

    When you start out, all you want is a reading showing you are in ketosis.

    Once you’ve been in ketosis for a while, the ketones in your urine may not show up anymore and urine analysis becomes less accurate.

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Lorena - June 25, 2018

I always test moderate . is this the optimal reading I want? I’m unsure. Is it best to be higher or lower?

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    Noline - July 28, 2018

    Moderate is good. You just want to know that you are in ketosis.

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Douglas - March 17, 2018

Hello, I just bought the Smackfat Ketone test strips. Is the goal to be in the middle or to the darkest square? I cannot seem to find a straight answer. Please provide a clear response.

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    Noline - March 22, 2018

    Hey Douglas

    When you start out on a ketogenic diet, you really want any reading. Any level shows you that you are in ketosis.

    Once you are completely keto adapted, you may be in ketosis and get no reading though.

    There are also a number of factors that can affect the reading. For instance the reading is likely to be darker later in the day. If you are dehydrated it could be darker. If you just finished exercising or just drank a few glasses of water, it could be lighter.

    The best practice would be to measure each day at the same time. Create a spreadsheet and then measure daily to see how the reading changes.

    I hope this helps. You may also want to read the post again, as I updated the information to try and make it a bit clearer.

    This subject deserves a post on its own and like you mentioned it is hard to get a clear straight answer. I’ll get down to it in the next few months.

    Let me know how else I can be helpful.

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Farah - February 8, 2018

I am very confused. Mine comes out really dark. Does that indicate low insulin or dehydration. How do I find out? I have never been a diabetic otherwise

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    Noline - March 22, 2018

    Hey Farah, I don’t know what it means for you. Dehydration can make the color darker, so drink some water and test again an hour later. If the dark color persists consult a medical professional.

    All the best…

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Irah - July 5, 2017

Hi there, This is very helpful information. I will certainly digg it and recommend to my friends. I am confident they’ll benefit from this web site.

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    Noline - July 13, 2017

    Hi Irah. Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. Let me know if you need any specific information about the ketogenic diet.

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Jen - June 25, 2017

Hi there, I enjoy reading through your post. I like to write a little comment to support you.

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    Noline - June 26, 2017

    Hi Jen, thank you very much for the support. I really appreciate it. Drop me a line if I can support you are on your ketogenic journey.
    Have an awesome week…

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