Fat loss can be achieved with many dietary approaches; some diets work better for some people than for others. However, when a patient is burning fat, they will have elevated ketone bodies regardless of their prescribed dietary plan.

There is a misconception that elevated ketone bodies are only associated with a ketogenic diet. The presence of elevated ketone bodies represents fat burning and can be elevated with any dietary strategy. While ketone bodies are often higher in diets that favor a ketogenic approach (which includes the mobilization of both consumed dietary fat and body fat), any dietary intervention that increases fat metabolism will be represented in ketone body production.

Ketone body production will vary from person to person and within an individual’s lifetime. Young people tend to have more ketone bodies circulating than older people. We all seem to have a carbohydrate ladder – some people are able to metabolize higher levels and others need to live at a lower level of carbohydrate intake to mobilize fat and ketone bodies. Each person needs to determine their carbohydrate baseline to learn how their nutritional interventions make a difference in their fat metabolism.

Acetone, a ketone body present in the breath, is a byproduct of fat metabolism. Measuring acetone with the LEVL device helps weight loss providers determine a patient’s baseline and track real-time fat metabolism changes following dietary intervention. The sensitivity of the LEVL sensor allows you to visualize as the body transitions from using carbs as the main fuel source to using fat. With this data, not only can you personalize weight loss plans but also course correct before changes appear on the scale and predict future fat loss. Measurements are quick and simple to incorporate into patient office visits or telemedicine programs.

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