Let’s decipher the numbers.
Your KETOSCAN Mini reading is in PPM (parts per million). This is the acetone (ketone) concentration at 100 resolutions (0.0 – 99). After taking a test on your KETOSCAN Mini, this PPM reading will be displayed on your device.
When you start using your KETOSCAN Mini, the PPM numbers may not mean a lot to you – especially if you have been used to testing your blood for ketones. We recommend downloading the Ketoscan app, which will display and track your PPM reading as well as your ketosis level. These levels are numbered from 1 to 10 and are summarised below:
- Level 0 (0.0-1.0 PPM) – you are not in ketosis
- Level 1 (1.1-1.9 PPM) – you are nearly in ketosis
- Level 2 (2.0 – 2.9 PPM) – you are in the very early stages of ketosis
- Level 3 (3.0-3.9 PPM) – you are in the early stages of ketosis
- Level 4 (4.0 – 4.9 PPM) – you are entering a reliable level of ketosis
- Level 5 (5.0 – 5.9 PPM) – you at a reliable level of ketosis
- Level 6 (6.0 – 6.9 PPM) – you are at a stable level of ketosis
- Level 7 (7.0 – 7.9 PPM) – you are at a proper level of ketosis
- Level 8 (8.0 – 8.9 PPM) – you are approaching the optimum level of ketosis
- Level 9 (9.0 – 9.9 PPM) – you are entering the optimum level of ketosis
- Level 10 (10 – 40 PPM) – you are at an optimum level of ketosis
What is the optimum level of ketosis?
Every body is different. The best way to find your optimum ketosis level is by experimenting and finding the level that feels most comfortable for you. Your optimum level will also depend on your reasons for monitoring your ketones (i.e. to lose or maintain weight, to optimise fitness or for medical reasons).
When you reach 9PPM, your body is reaching an optimum level of ketosis. At this level, you are burning fat at a rapid pace.
You should be careful not to exceed a reading of 40PPM on your KETOSCAN Mini.
Is it normal to have different levels of ketosis in one day?
Yes! It is normal for your body to cycle through varying levels of ketosis at different parts of the day. We suggest you experiment and test yourself at different times of the day. For example, testing yourself three times in one day – upon waking, after lunch and before going to bed – would be enough to see the variation of ketosis. You’ll see how your ketosis level changes and you could decide at which point of the day you will regularly test yourself to monitor your ketosis level over time.
Regular testing with KETOSCAN Mini is also a powerful way to see how your diet and exercise is affecting your ketosis level. You may be able to identify hidden sugars that are kicking you out of ketosis, or that exercising at certain times of the day pushes you into a higher level of ketosis.