Should you Take Keto Pills? (Everything You Need to Know)Apr 26, 2022
Should you take keto pills or supplemental ketones? There's a lot to unpack here, and I'm gonna give you my opinion. We'll talk a little bit about what they are and what I think about it keto pills—it's a little bit of a gray area here.
What's a Keto Pill?
When you see a keto pill or a supplement at GNC or on Amazon, there are so many different things that can be inside that pill or that supplement. For keto pills, that can be everything from nothing at all to maybe some exogenous ketones or maybe MCT oil.
If you don't know what exogenous ketones are, they are basically the supplemental form of ketones. We have exogenous ketones, which is the supplemental Exacta exogenous form, which you would consume, and then you have endogenous ketones, which are what your body produces when you're in a state of ketosis.
In general, I found that if you truly want to benefit from all of the benefits you get from being in a state of ketosis, taking an external supplement is not going to be a quick answer. It's not going to give you all the health benefits.
With that being said, there are some benefits to taking exogenous ketones for some people. Some people notice mental clarity and a little bit more focus. Some people notice a little bit more performance, whether they're doing whatever type of exercise they're doing.
We also have to realize that exogenous ketones and the supplement industry in general, there are so many different varieties out there. And there's a lot of confusion, there's a lot of marketing behind them. And there are a lot of people making claims that taking these exogenous ketones will help you lose 50 pounds or whatever.
That just isn't true.
If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. It ketone esters are ones that are not very common to the average person. Ketone esters are the liquid form of exogenous ketones and ketone salts are like the powder form. The ester is very, very bad tasting—it tastes like drinking gasoline.
Those are not very common, you know, in the market right now, because we haven't really figured out how to mask that taste. But there have been quite a bit of studies that have been done on ketone esters, looking at Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and different cognitive issues. There's been some promising research with that. Also, some research within performance, specifically endurance exercise, but that's more so in the research versus like kind of the real world right now.
The biggest thing to pay attention to though is that a lot of these supplement companies are putting a very small amount of these ketone salts in their product and labeling it as a ketone supplements. You really need to pay attention to just in general, any, for any type of supplement that you're getting, you know, where it's coming from, you know, is it a reputable company? Is it third-party tested? YCan you trust that company, so that's for any supplement, but specifically for exogenous ketones.
My opinion on exogenous ketones is that if you're looking to get all the benefits from ketosis, and following a ketogenic diet, then you are going to do much better by actually doing the things that you need to do to get into ketosis. Things like reducing your carb intake, paying attention to healthy fats, paying attention to protein levels, paying attention to your electrolytes, hydration, and all that. If you want to try supplemental ketones to maybe potentially help with a little bit of mental clarity, maybe some focus throughout the day, there's nothing wrong with that.
Supplements Help. That's It.
But the biggest key to note here is that taking a supplemental ketone is not going to automatically lead to weight loss or fat loss or all the benefits of just a ketogenic state in general. You can try it out, but just make sure that it's from a reputable company. Make sure that you are realizing that it's not a magic pill—there aren't any of those out there. And those are just the biggest things to pay attention to.
I wouldn't recommend going the route of taking a Keto pill or an exogenous ketone unless you've actually gone through safe ketosis first and you've actually done the hard work to get there. Then, you could potentially add some ketones or supplemental ketones if you want to try them out for some other benefits of that. But again, that's a little bit more kind of out there in the realms of what's actually beneficial.
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