The quest for “Deep Purple” . . . A number of people have contacted RunKeto with concerns / questions regarding low ketone levels or achieving “Deep Purple.” I can't count how many time people have told me, ‘I have never seen Purple.’ What do you guys think? ~SKA
Here is a little “Deep Purple” inspiration . . .
I hope you don't mind the following! I don't know anyone else with correct background/knowledge to ask, and books read (eg those by Atkins, Taubes, Phinney and Volek) don't give me any possibilities for why and how to fix.
Question is: any idea why my blood ketone level is low (< 0.1 mM), measured with newly purchased blood monitoring device, when I should be well-keto-adapted? And of course also the question: what should I do??
Long explanation: I've been on low-carb way of life for >6 months. I cannot even remember exactly what it felt like when switching (during adaptation period at start) although I do remember marveling at how good I felt (and still feel, so much energy!).
Lifestyle: I do run five days/week, although I had bottomed out on running prior to starting low-carb because of weight gained when I thought low-fat was correct (I had panicked about a small weight gain during a hospital stay and then gained >50 lbs after!), and I'm just starting to enjoy running again now I'm skinnier (but still 20lbs to go). I will be increasing mileage very very slowly having dealt with a stress fracture in recent past (last year) from too-fast distance increase. I'm barely at 10-15 mi/week, but eventually plan on getting back to marathon-running type distance/week. Anyway, low measurement of ketones is despite low-carb diet and currently running (although that is short compared to a few years ago). I eat eggs, cheese, and bacon for breakfast, sometimes leftovers for lunch although often not hungry enough to eat, then a dinner cooked by awesome hubby totally in line with low-carb, eg some meat or fish, with low-carb veggies, and sugar free Jell-O for desert. So WHY low ketones in blood?? What can I do to fix this??
Any ideas guys?