Elevated fat metabolism or “Keto” (shorthand for ketosis) is the state in which our bodies break down fat molecules for use as energy. By living a ketogenic lifestyle, an individual trains their body to burn fat rather than carbohydrates, which is known in the keto community as becoming “fat-adapted.” Simply put, your body loves carbs because they’re the simplest source of fuel. Significantly reduce or eliminate carbohydrates from your diet, and the body will turn to its next best option: fat. Like the paleo diet, this means consuming high protein, full-fat foods with little processing or added sugars. Sound like a pretty delicious way to lose weight? That’s because it can be! Once you kick carbs and chemically altered “fat-free” foods to the curb, your body’s metabolism will begin to become fat-adapted. Combined with the right exercise plan, you have a recipe for long-term wellness and healthy fat loss.
Based on scientific research, a breath measurement of 2PPM or greater indicates an elevated state of fat metabolism that should correspond to a loss of at least ½ lb. of body fat per week (based on a calorie restricted diet). Learn more from LEVL Clinical Scientist Joe Anderson, Ph.D.
Are you retaining water? Have you lost muscle? Or are you actually burning fat? There are a lot of things affecting us every day that a single number on a scale can’t tell you, and it can get frustrating to switch things up, then “wait and see” only to discover a certain routine isn’t working. By measuring and tracking your daily fat-burn from the inside, you can begin to paint a picture of your body’s reaction to food and exercise in real time, long before outward signs of fat-loss become noticeable. This means that instead of repeatedly going back to the drawing board, you can begin to predict how changes in routine will affect fat-loss. Much more transparent, right? We like it that way.
Try our body fat calculator that uses simple body measurements to approximate your body fat percentage.
PPM is an abbreviation that means of Parts Per Million. The LEVL device is measuring PPM of acetone in exhaled breath.
Ask your clinician to help you understand what will work best with your personal weight loss plan and how best to interpret readings and results. While the goal for elevated fat metabolism is 2PPM, acetone concentrations in healthy individuals can range from roughly 1PPM to 100PPM.
Contact your weight loss provider to use the LEVL device and for input on how best to read and analyze your personal levels.
What you eat, how you sleep and the way you move all affect your body’s fat-burning chemistry. Beyond food intake and exercise, variables like hydration, sleep and even stress can have a measurable effect on your fat metabolism. Some easy first steps to take in order to move the needle on your LEVL may be to:
- Cut added sugars and artificial sweeteners from your diet
- Eat healthy fats to lose fat
- Watch your portions
- Add vegetables to every meal
- Increase exercise duration and/or intensity
- Get plenty of sleep
- Stay hydrated
When your body increases the amount of fat it uses for energy relative to the amount of carbohydrates, your breath acetone concentration ramps up. This increase happens over the course of 3-7 days, until you reach an elevated level of breath acetone. Use the LEVL device to monitor how diet and exercise are impacting acetone in your body so you can be sure you’re burning the maximum amount of fat. If your diet becomes high in calories or high in carbohydrates, your body will become less dependent on fat for energy. This will result in an acetone concentration reduction over the course of 1-2 days.
For measurements between 0 and 10 ppm, the app provides insights in to k/cals of fat burned and pounds of fat burned per day (based on a mixed macronutrient diet).
Much easier than keeping a notebook!