Weight Management and Ketones

12 Jan 2023

Article Summary

The ketogenic diet has exploded in popularity in recent years for one main reason — it works. And not simply for weight loss. The scientific evidence is mounting for a variety of health benefits associated with the ketogenic diet, with healthcare practitioners generally supportive of this approach.

The one main problem that exists is the lack of long-term compliance, as many individuals find it difficult to adhere to the severe carbohydrate restriction. To address this, modified versions of the ketogenic diet have been proposed, using less restrictive dietary recommendations that still allow the user to enter into a state of ketosis, albeit to a lesser degree.

When using a modified approach, the use of exogenous ketones (that is, ketones produced outside the body) may prove helpful. This is because they can rapidly elevate blood ketones, reduce blood glucose and provide the body with fuel.

Exogenous ketones may be favored over the ingestion of additional carbohydrates, as doing so may elevate blood glucose and impair the formation of endogenous ketones (i.e., ketones produced within the body).

Additionally, exogenous ketones have been reported to reduce hunger and the desire to eat (Stubbs et al., 2018), which should lead to a reduction in calorie intake and weight loss over time. They may also be used in conjunction with a program of intermittent fasting, as these high-energy nutrients can provide needed energy without negatively impacting blood glucose or insulin.

When using exogenous ketones, the ester form results in greater elevation in blood ketone levels as compared to ketone salts (Stubbs et al., 2017), so ingesting ketone esters vs. ketone salts may be considered.


For many individuals, one of the most persistent and challenging obstacles they face each year (or perhaps, each day) is maintaining an appropriate body weight (Paixão et al., 2020).

For some, “appropriate” is defined as a weight that allows them to look great. For others, this may be a weight that allows them to maintain normal physical function while carrying out activities of daily living with ease. Indeed, there are many definitions of weight maintenance or an appropriate/ideal body weight, and these appear dependent on who is being asked and what their ultimate goals might be.

From a scientific and clinical perspective, maintaining an ideal body weight is important for a variety of reasons. For example, we know that excess body weight is linked to several adverse health outcomes, including but certainly not limited to the following: increased risk of cardiovascular (Powell-Wiley et al., 2021) and metabolic (O’Rourke, 2018) disease, increased risk of orthopedic complications (Kulkarni et al., 2016), impaired cognitive function (Vieira et al., 2021), impaired physical and functional capacity (Hansen et al., 2014), impaired quality of sleep (Hur et al., 2021), and lowered self-esteem and confidence (Fields et al., 2021).

It’s safe to say that nearly all individuals would prefer to look, feel and perform better each day, and we know from both scientific and anecdotal evidence that maintaining an appropriate body weight is instrumental to making this happen.


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So, what is an appropriate/ideal body weight?

This can vary based on the individual and their personal genetic makeup. For example, two women standing 5’6’’ might both be otherwise healthy and feel great, while one weighs in at 125 lbs and the other at 165 lbs. Both exercise regularly and are in very good physical condition, but the 165-pound woman carries much more muscle mass and is not quite as lean as her counterpart—but still maintains a body fat of 25%, which is quite good for a woman.

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Addressing the Ongoing Problem of Weight Management

Once we understand what our appropriate body weight should be, we need to do what is necessary to maintain this.

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How Might a Ketogenic Diet Help with Weight Management?

Most people have heard of the “ketogenic diet” or “keto” as it’s often referred to. This dietary plan has increased significantly in popularity in recent years and has been used by millions with favorable results in terms of weight/fat loss.

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What about Exogenous Ketones?

Much like the ketogenic diet, exogenous ketones have gained a great deal of attention in recent years (Yao et al., 2021). For many clinical conditions, adding an external ketone source has been shown to be helpful, with recent suggestions that ketones may function as an anti-aging metabolite (Wang et al., 2021). In addition, because compliance with a standard ketogenic diet can be poor in many individuals, the use of exogenous ketones may be more feasible than dietary intervention (Dewbury et al., 2021).

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Ketones in Tecton: Safe and Effective

Tecton is the world’s first and only ready-to-drink beverage that contains 10g of nature-identical ketones that doesn’t contain 1,3 butanediol (a secondary alcohol or ethanol dimer). Tecton is safe at any dose and for all age groups based on a study published in Nutrient magazine, according to FDA guidelines. The study noted no adverse effects, even at extremely high doses (200 times by body weight).

We also tested the absorption rate to determine how quickly Tecton ketones will get into the bloodstream after drinking a can of our product. So, with analyses by Mayo Clinic, a pharmacokinetics (PK) study showed that Tecton’s ketone ester has a rapid absorption rate, reaching a maximum concentration in just 30 minutes, putting the user into mild ketosis in minutes. This usually requires two days of starving or up to 2-3 weeks of strict adherence to a keto diet! Because Tecton has zero sugar and zero caffeine, it is a simple and safe alternative, or accompaniment, to fasting or a restrictive ketogenic diet.

*The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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