I really, really need help from people with more fasting experience than me. I am on day 3 of a fast which will end with dinner tomorrow evening. I decided that in order to trigger autophagy I would only drink water, black decaff coffee and herbal/fruit teas. That's it, nothing else. Triggering autophagy is my goal in doing this on the hope it will help my worsening arthritis. The first day was pretty miserable but it has got slowly better and today I've not been hungry at all. Big surprise!! My problem is this - I normally eat a keto diet and recently tried a carnivorous experiment (which I missed my veg too much to continue with) but a couple of days in to the carnivorous experiment my test for ketones changed and went as if I wasn't producing any ketones at all. When I went back to my normal keto way of eating I still didn't get any ketones (I test with Ketostix). During this fast the Ketostix still haven't been changing colour and I'm also not really getting much of a change to my BG tests - just slightly lower than normal and still with DP. I do understand that not producing ketones might be physiological Insulin resistance and that I may need to increase carbs for a few days to get a result on the Ketostix - but does not producing ketones ATM mean I'm wasting my time with this fast?