Exogenous Ketones: When To Take Them

It’s Thomas DeLauer with Keto-Mojo, and today, I’m giving you the lowdown on testing your ketones when
you’re using exogenous ketones. So, first off, a quick background. So, exogenous ketones
are a form of ketones that you can take in supplement form, that will give you additional
beta-hydroxybutyrate. So for those that are already
in nutritional ketosis, it’s giving you additional fuel. For those that are not
in nutritional ketosis, it’s essentially giving
you another source of fuel on top of glucose. Now it’s not quite that simple, it does go a little bit
more in depth than that. If you’re truly not in a
nutritional state of ketosis, you’re not going to achieve all the benefit of utilizing exogenous ketones. But more importantly, let’s talk about how you can determine when you should be
using exogenous ketones, based on where your ketone levels land, by using the Keto-Mojo Meter. So what you want to do, is you want to find a time, when you’re ordinarily low on ketones. So, for most people, that’s going to be when they
get up in the morning, okay. Their ketone levels are naturally going to be a little bit lower, because they’re naturally going to be in that
state of gluconeogenesis, where their body is breaking down protein into a usable form of carbohydrates. Perfectly natural thing. Totally normal. Nothing to be alarmed with. But, you can give yourself a
little bit of a brain boost and a little bit of an energy boost, by using exogenous ketones
at that point in time. Now, not everyone will be low on their natural ketones in the morning, so you need to test to make sure. So what you can do, is you can sort of manipulate
your blood ketone levels by looking at your patterns, by testing throughout
the course of the day, and starting to supplement ketones when you would normally
fall a little bit lower. Now, this will come in handy for someone that’s trying to preserve
muscle mass a little bit more. If you’re concerned with your
body breaking down protein and using it for energy, then utilizing exogenous ketones during those points in time
will be really, really powerful. But here’s the thing. You don’t really want to be
using exogenous ketones when you already have a high
level of ketones in your blood. Simply because, you’re
kind of wasting them. You want to use the nutritional
ketones as much as possible, the ones that your body
is endogenously producing because they’re going to allow
you to burn more body fat, where as, as soon as you
add exogenous sources in, your body’s going to burn
through those first, before it starts to burn the fat. So, that’s again, where using a Keto-Mojo Meter
can really help you out. It can help preserve your muscle, but it can also help
expedite the fat loss, because you’re making sure
you’re taking your ketones at the right point in time. Just because Person A needs to
take ketones in the morning, doesn’t mean the Person B needs to. Again, like I say in all my videos, everyone is different. There’s bio-individuality at play, and that’s again, where testing comes in handy. Now another common use for
utilizing exogenous ketones is during long bouts of activity. But the thing is, it can get confusing, because if you’re out on a longer run, or you’re doing some
kind of longer workout, you might feel that the
reason you’re fatiguing is because your ketones are lower. But it could just be that
your body is shifting over to using glucose at
that very point in time, because maybe you’re spending
a little bit more energy. So you will never truly
know where you stand, unless you test. Which is why whenever I’m doing long or extended bouts of activity, I will generally test halfway through. Now, the beauty of this, is that you wouldn’t have to test every single time that you workout. You could test for a few workouts, and start to understand what
is triggering a given symptom. So you can help yourself understand if it’s a symptom of lower ketone levels or if it’s a symptom of
your body switching over into being glucose fueled
for a short period of time. So you don’t have to test
through every single workout, but it does give you a solid baseline. So hopefully this video gives you a solid understanding
of how you can maximize your ketogenic lifestyle
utilizing ketones, but also allowing you to save some money, so you’re not necessarily
using ketones all the time, by using your Keto-Mojo Meter to
see when you really need them. You really don’t want to be guessing, especially when it starts
costing you more money. So that’s why we always say, “Leave the guesswork out of the equation, and leave the measuring to the meter!” I’m Thomas DeLauer with Keto-Mojo, and I’ll see you soon.

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