With Keto diets being all the rage, I often get asked whether there are supplements that one can take to increase the fat-burning process.
A Keto diet focuses on low carbs and high fats. By eating the correct combinations of food, you lower blood sugar and insulin levels. This changes the metabolism of the body away from carbs and towards fats.
I have looked closely at two supplements that claim to act as fat-fuel for your Keto lifestyle. They also claim to offer energy boosts and help with mental clarity. These supplements are used to speed up the fat-burning process and aid in faster weight loss.
Of course, you want to be sure that what you are taking is safe and won’t cause any damage to your body.
The two products I am reviewing are Perfect Keto and Julian Bakery Instaketones.
Let’s look closely and see what differences and similarities they have. And, more importantly, are they healthy, and do they work?
Who is Julian Bakery?
Julian Bakery started as a mom-and-pop health shop in southern California in 1990. Barbara Squier, a professional nutritionist, had a passion for creating healthy meals from fresh produce grown in the area.
Her son, Heath, suffered from being overweight, and had loss of energy and allergies. The vision of his parents drove him to pursue a healthy lifestyle and eventually take over the company.
The small shop has grown into a 30,000 feet distribution center supplying products globally. The range includes wraps, bars, breads, granola, and supplements for people following low-carb Keto diets.
Who is Perfect Keto?
Perfect Keto was founded by Dr. Anthony Gustin. He has a video on his website that explains in simple language what a Keto diet is.
He trained and worked as a chiropractor and began to notice that many people simply did not get better because their diets were not healthy.
The company was founded in 2016, around the time that Keto became the current diet-craze. By 2017, the company had launched over 500 products for a ketogenic lifestyle. They offer a range of powders, snacks, bars, and cookies to keep you fueled up through the day.
What is Instaketones?
Instaketones is a powerful supplement designed to be used as part of a Keto diet. It comes in a powder form that you mix with water or other liquid, and drink.
By taking a BHB salts supplement, you shift your body into a state of ketosis where it starts burning fat much faster. It also gives you a boost of energy, endurance, and clarity.
Other benefits listed on the website include deeper sleep, better recovery from exercise, and appetite suppression.
The powder comes in a few flavors – orange burst and unflavored. They also have a caffeine choice and a caffeine-free choice with the orange burst flavor.
Instaketones is made only with natural ingredients. It is gluten-free, lactose-free and contains no preservatives. The packaging states that it has GRAS certification.
What is Perfect Keto?
Perfect Keto is also a powder that is mixed with a liquid and consumed as part of a Keto diet. Some users mix it into their morning coffee!
It is made only using natural ingredients and acts as a booster to promote weight loss and suppress appetite. The drink comes in a choice of chocolate and vanilla.
It can also be used as a booster before a workout, giving you energy and a faster recovery after your session.
The product is GMO-free, has no added sugars, no gluten or grains, and no soy or corn. It does not contain fillers or chemicals that can cause allergic reactions.
Looking at the many reviews, I can see that Instaketones is one of the more popular choices on the market.
Let’s look more closely at the ingredients in Instaketones
Instaketones contains exogenous ketones, sometimes called BHB, Beta-Hydroxybuterate salts, or ketone salts.
Beta-Hydroxybuterate is bound to a salt like sodium. The body can easily absorb them, putting it into a state of ketosis. In this state, the body starts to burn fat rapidly. Because it burns fats and not carbs, it is well suited for a Keto diet.
Instaketones offers 11.7g of Beta-Hydroxybuterate per serving.
Instaketones contains Taurine, but the amount is not specified on the package. Taurine is used to boost physical performance by increasing the flow of glucose to the muscles.
This product does claim to boost energy levels, and Taurine is probably one of the ingredients that does this.
Caffeine is widely known to boost energy levels and give you a “wake-up” feeling.
Instaketones contains 100mg of caffeine per serving. A brewed cup of coffee contains around 95mg. This equates to drinking a cup of coffee.
If you are drinking coffee and taking Instaketones, you may have to watch your intake so as not to exceed the recommended safety levels of 400mg per day.
Sodium is a vital part of any drink that offers BHB salts. It is also included in fairly large doses. Instaketones contains 1330mg, which equates to 58% of your required daily intake per serving.
People who have health issues with salt should consider this large amount.
Instaketones offers 45 calories per serving. Calories give your body energy. This is a low amount as the average person should consume around 2000 calories per day for women and 2500 for men.
The content of carbohydrates is very low at under 1% of your required daily intake. This is in keeping with a Keto diet, which should be very low on carbs.
If you are following a low carb diet, you do run the risk of reducing your intake of calcium.
Calcium is best obtained from dairy products like milk and cheese and these are not included in a Keto diet. They are also found in cereals which are full of carbs and not recommended for a low-carb diet.
Instaketones contains a large amount of calcium to make up for this shortfall. One serving offers 1128mg which is 87% of your required daily amount.
Perfect Keto ingredients
Let’s look more closely at the ingredients in Perfect Keto.
Like Instaketones, Perfect Keto also contains Beta-Hydroxybuterate as the main ingredient.
It comes in the form of Calcium Beta-Hydroxybuterate, Magnesium Beta-Hydroxybuterate and sodium H3 Beta-Hydroxybuterate, adding up to 11.4g.
Beta-Hydroxybuterate, sometimes called BHB salts, or ketone salts, are used to put the body, very rapidly, into a state of ketosis. In this state, the body burns fat at a fast rate. BHB salts are a great aid to a person following a Keto diet.
The Calcium component offers 48% of your required daily value. Getting the correct amount of calcium is vital when following a Keto diet. By cutting out dairy products like milk, you will be consuming far less calcium than you would on other types of diets.
Sodium is used to bind together with the BHB salts. Perfect Keto has 690mg is sodium which is 30% of your required daily intake. People who need to control their salt levels should be aware of these higher values when deciding to add these Keto boosting products to their daily diet.
Magnesium is an essential nutrient that the body uses for many vital functions. It helps to regulate muscle and nerve functions. It controls blood sugar levels and blood pressure. It is also used to produce protein, bone, and DNA cells.
Perfect Keto offers 90% of your required daily value.
Perfect Keto only contains natural ingredients, and for sweetening, Stevia and Monk Fruit are used.
Some people don’t like Stevia as they claim it has a bitter aftertaste. It is exceptionally sweet, being hundreds of times sweeter than sugar.
Monk fruit is a commonly used sweetener and does not appear to have many negative reviews. It has zero calories and is a good option for people on diet.
How are these 2 products different?
Both products are powders that are mixed with water or a drink of your choice. They are both formulated for people following a Keto diet and are high in Beta-Hydroxybuterates.
Here are some of the main differences.
Flavor is always a major issue to consider when deciding to include a powder in your diet. You want to at least enjoy it and not feel ill when you are faced with swallowing a glass full.
Instaketones comes in a choice of orange and unflavored. There are many reviews from people saying that the flavor is not great. Some users mixed it into coffee – that may be a good way to disguise the taste.
Perfect Keto has slightly better reviews on flavor. It comes in a choice of chocolate and vanilla. Anything that tastes like chocolate is a win for me.
The sodium content of products that boost ketosis is usually high. In this case, Instaketones contains 1330mg and Perfect Keto contain 690mg per serving. You will certainly be consuming far more salt if you opt for Instaketones.
Calcium is vital to add to your Keto diet. Because you are missing out on dairy products, your calcium intake will drop.
Instaketones has 1128mg of calcium, which is 87% of your required daily value. Perfect Keto has much less, at 620mg which is 48% of your required daily value.
Vitamin A boosts the immune system and helps the main organs to function properly. Instaketones gives you 18% of your required daily value.
Perfect Keto does not contain Vitamin A.
How are these 2 products similar?
Both products are designed to speed up weight loss for people following a Keto diet. They are similar in that they both contain large amounts of Beta-Hydroxybuterates.
Both websites claim that the product will give added benefits like
- Faster recovery after exercise
- An energy boost that does not come from sugar
- Aids as an appetite suppressant
- Helps with rapid weight loss by speeding up ketosis
- Gives you better ability to focus and think more clearly
Dairy-free, gluten-free, all-natural
Both websites claim that their products contain no artificial ingredients. This is a win for me!
They are also gluten-free, dairy-free, and contain no grains or soy.
The products are very convenient to use. They come in a powder form that can be mixed with water or a drink of your choice.
Here are some key comparison points
|Sweetener||Monk fruit||Monk fruit, Stevia|
|Choice of flavors||Orange, unflavoured||Chocolate, Vanilla|
What’s better about Instaketones?
Both products are very similar. Instaketones does offer a boost of caffeine which coffee lovers will enjoy. It also gives far more calcium than Perfect Keto, which is vital for a Keto diet.
Instaketones also has Vitamin A which is not included in the Perfect Keto powder.
What’s better about Perfect Keto?
Perfect Keto offers less sodium which will suit people watching their salt intake. It is high in magnesium which is a vital essential nutrient.
Who should get these products?
Both products are ideal for people following a Keto diet and want to add an extra boost to the fat burning process.
They are also suitable for people who feel that they need a clean boost of energy and prefer not to drink sugar-filled energy drinks.
These powders also help work-out enthusiasts to recover faster. In this way, they do what protein shakes do, but without giving you a large dose of protein, which some people find hard to digest.
Because I go for taste, my flavor choice would probably be Perfect Keto. However, I do like the calcium and Vitamin A component of Instaketones. In this case, I am about 50/50 on both these products.
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