BHB and the Keto Diet
According to WebMD, “Beta-hydroxybutyrate is a chemical that is made by the body to provide energy in times when not enough carbohydrates or sugars have been eaten… Beta-hydroxybutyrate seems to help nerves and the brain to work better. Beta-hydroxybutyrate might be used as energy by muscles in the body to improve excercise ability.” It has become increasingly popular in the keto diet community to take BHB, one of the three ketones your body can produce naturally from fat stores, in supplement form. The hope is that taking exogenous ketones will encourage the body to enter ketosis, promote weightloss, decrease appetite, and increase energy. Instagram feeds are full of posts boasting the benefits of exogenous ketone supplements, but skeptics such as Healthline nutritionists have their concerns. In their article Do Exogenous Ketone Supplements Work For Weightloss?, Gavin Van De Walle warns “In other words, the higher your blood ketone levels are, the less your body produces. As a result, taking ketone supplements may prevent body fat from being used as fuel, at least in the short term.” Still I wanted to try it myself, and having recently hit a platau in my weightloss, I jumped at the chance to try Keppi Nutrition’s BHB Ketone Supplement. Keppi was generous enough to send me two flavors of their supplement in exchange for an honest review.
Taste and Nutrition
Keppi Nutrition BHB Supplement is made with natural ingredients and is free of fillers, carbs and sugars. Of the two flavors I tried, Lemon Lime and Chocolate, Lemon Lime was my absolute favorite. It tastes like a margarita, which I totally miss drinking on keto! I wasn’t sure what I thought about the saltiness of the Chocolate flavor, but if you enjoy a sweet and salty combo, this flavor might be right up your alley. The powder dissolved pretty easily in a glass of water, and there was minimal remaining powder in the bottom of my glass after I finished drinking it.
Ketosis and Weightloss
I did not notice any substantial weight loss while taking this supplement. I did notice that on days that I drank exogenous ketones, I was pleased to see my pee strips were darker than ever, which indicates a higher level of ketones. I noticed the same results even after a carb heavy cheat meal. Its impossible to tell whether the supplement was encouraging my body to produce more ketones, or if the pee strip was picking up on the exogenous ketones alone.
Appetite and Energy
While drinking these ketones didn’t make me feel particularly energetic, I did notice it really helped curb my appetite. I recently started intermittent fasting, and nothing has helped me meet my daily fasting goals as much as Keppi Nutrition BHBs. When hunger strikes, I mix up a glass of cold Lemon Lime ketones and feel so much better. I always add a scoop of it to my water bottle to sip on at work, and it keeps me feeling satiated until my lunch break.
While, I was a little disappointed that this product did not dramatically increase my weight loss, its use as an appetite suppressant really saved this product in my opinion. If this product fit into my budget, I would definitely be tempted to drink this regularly to curb hunger when fasting. Although, I would want to do some more research on the impact of exogenous ketones and their effect on the body’s ketone production, since pee strips are no longer a reliable test.