Not everybody needs exogenous ketones. Most people just to eat a low carb high-fat diet, and your body should* be able to create all the ketones you need.
I really hate being contacted by people saying Do you know what ketones are or you look like you might benefit from ketones. How on earth do you know I need ketones…
Certain companies are targeting people who feel they could take exogenous ketones and it will make up for a “cheat meal” or a malnourished diet…
I’m going to tell you how you can choose for yourself whether or not you need exogenous ketones. The points below will outline some edge cases in which exogenous ketones can be very beneficial:
Who Would Benefit From Exogenous Ketones
- Struggle to produce enough ketones on a regular ketogenic diet. (below 1 mmol)
- Struggling with Keto flu for more than 3 days
- Find it hard to fast
- Endurance athletes trying to perform at your peak through the first 6-8 weeks of transition.
I do not think that you need exogenous ketones all the time. I DO however think that its a very useful tool to use when transitioning into ketosis, helping your body to maintain a prolonged fast for health benefits, or transitioning into low carb endurance training.
I’ve spoken previously about the 6-8 weeks of transition period into becoming a low carb athlete. You need to exercise at 65% max heart rate for 6-8 weeks until your body can utilize the benefits of ketones. But its pretty cool that now you don’t have to wait that long before becoming fat adapted whilst performing at higher intensities.
I reached out to Perfect Ketones, because their product is doctor-developed, and doesn’t contain any fillers, artificial ingredients, soy, dairy, gluten, or anything fake. Perfect Keto Base is 11.38g of BHB exogenous ketone bodies that provide immediate and lasting fuel for endurance activity, and get you into ketosis — fast. Up to 1.5mmol increase in BHB.
I know that this product is good. I know that this product is used for those specific edge cases. If you don’t think you need exogenous ketones, don’t feel like you need to buy this product. However, if you have experienced any of the symptoms explained above, these might be a really useful tool for you.