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Apr 18

Peloton cuts Apple Watch Fitness support back to just the cycling class – AppleInsider

Peloton removed the ability for users to connect the Apple Watch to the Bike+ Bootcamp Classes, leaving only the cycling class.

One of the advertised features of the Peloton Bike+ was its ability to use Apple GymKit and connect the Apple Watch for fitness tracking. A recent update cut out yet another workout from pairing with the Apple Watch, leaving only the cycling class.

The Peloton Bike+ had already disabled Apple Watch paring for strength and yoga classes, and may not enable the pairing feature for future classes. Connect the Watts speculates this has been done to push users to possible future devices created by Peloton.

Peloton had acquired a company dedicated to developing fitness bands earlier in 2021. The Apple Watch would be in direct competition to their device, so removing features early may push customers to adopt the proprietary fitness band later.

Apple doesn't make its own gym hardware, but it does offer a competitive service called Apple Fitness+. The service is available as a monthly subscription for $9.99 or as a part of the Apple One Premier plan.

Peloton's CEO called Fitness+ a "legitimization of fitness content," though now the companies are direct competitors. Peloton's move into fitness bands may be enough reason to remove Apple Watch support but at the risk of alienating users.

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Apr 18

The Post-COVID-19 Future of Fitness Centers | Holland & Knight LLP – JDSupra – JD Supra

As economies shut down in 2020, gyms and fitness centers were forced to adapt by providing at-home fitness options. Melina Cordero, Managing Director of Institutional Properties and Retail of CBRE Group, states that "the same thing happened to fitness that has happened in virtually every other category of retail, which is omni-channel." The shift to a blend of digital and in-person options was certainly escalated in 2020, but many of the larger fitness chains already had online offerings in the works. Now, as states continue COVID-19 vaccination efforts, experts are debating whether fitness centers will return to pre-pandemic ways or if they will need to innovate.

Some media outlets found strong evidence that at-home fitness routines may be here to stay due to the investments individuals made during 2020 to exercise at home (e.g purchasing expensive equipment), but others found that 75 percent of consumers said they would return to pre-pandemic routines, including physically going to a gym. Additionally, Cordero found that the markets that have started reopening more aggressively have seen a strong propensity from consumers to return to the gym in-person. Even with optimism for reopening, online training was projected by the American College of Sports Medicine as the No. 1 trend in fitness for 2021.

Post-pandemic, Cordero predicts different markets will see variable responses. Boutique gyms may become a less attractive option for consumers as they are often at a higher price point than large-scale gyms. As many retail establishments closed down, Cordero points out that large-scale gyms have an opportunity to take some of that space. For example, some populations are transitioning to the suburbs, which creates more prospects for new fitness centers.

Additionally, Cordero expects that safety and hygiene adaptations for COVID-19 are likely to continue for the long term, but gyms will return to pre-pandemic occupancy on a gradual basis. Due to the health benefits of such adaptations, Cordero predicts that the configurations and demand of size will stay largely the same for large-scale gyms. However, one fitness center stated that its gyms will reduce their storefronts. Others believe that fitness centers will need to innovate by providing more amenities and other community value to maintain memberships.

Another impact on the future of fitness centers will be trends with office workers. In more urban areas, it is a growing trend for an office building to provide a gym as an amenity to its office tenants. Cordero explained that "sometimes people have gym memberships next to their office or sometimes people have memberships next to their home ... So now if were shifting to a model that is more flexible, where the majority of people are working from home a couple days a week and working in the office a couple days a week, that will also change the habits or frequency at gyms." Like Cordero, several experts agree that the likely result is a mixture of in-person and virtual offerings, which can be adapted to fit individual needs.

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Apr 18

VZfit for Oculus Quest Launches As The Most Inclusive VR Fitness Platform On The Market – Business Wire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VirZOOM, the company that's transforming exercise through the power of VR, today announced its latest fitness app, VZfit for Oculus Quest 1 & 2, extending workouts to anyone who wants to experience the world and get fit from the comfort of their own home. VZfit is the first fitness app on the Oculus Store that expands users' reality by transporting them to anywhere they want to go, traveling through the world's mountains, countryside or cities with the option of either standalone headset full-body workouts or by connecting to most smart bike devices and trainer sensors. The options and places to go are endless, turning exercise into a new adventure each time.

Since the start of the pandemic, the US has seen a 32% reduction in physical activity. Many people want to be healthy but often can't find the motivation or time to do it. Gym memberships frequently go unused and right now are largely inaccessible, coupled with the growing frustration for people isolating at home to book that next travel adventure. Studies show that users exercise 3-4 times more frequently in VR and a recent Brunel study (with the help of VirZOOM technology) revealed that VR raised exercise enjoyment levels by over 25%.

VZfit was born out of the desire to make the most versatile experience that transports you away from your same four walls and out into the world around you. VirZOOM is the only VR fitness company to tap into Google Maps Street View, alerting you to points of interest along its 10 million miles of Street View data. It lets you take a snapshot along the way that you can instantly post to social, you can workout with a friend, create your own routes or follow suggested rides. It also connects to Strava and Fitbit and comes with professional coaches who give personalized feedback and workout routines that work all muscle groups.

We wanted to combine the limitless possibilities of the world around us with the limitless possibilities of VR, said Eric Janszen, Co-founder and CEO, VirZOOM. Take a selfie at the Coliseum or in front of the Sydney Opera House, or simply take a trip down memory lane - whatever location you choose, with VZfit a world of adventure is literally at your fingertips. Our experiences have always been an exhilarating mix of the real world and the fantastical, but this is the most accessible VR fitness app that uses global exploration as a key motivator, making it so fresh and engaging that exercise almost becomes the side product. Especially in a time when none of us can travel in reality, it already has our community completely hooked.

VZfit is targeted at mid-level fitness groups who are looking for regular, 30-minute exercise sessions. Based on the 3000 Quest beta users to date, average users are almost evenly split male and female with a majority in the 30s to 40s age groups.

After the success of VZplay and Explorer, we wanted to reduce the friction of needing special cardio hardware so we could expand our reach to anyone wanting to stay fit and healthy, said Eric Malafeew, Co-founder and CTO, VirZOOM. We also wanted to expand beyond pure game play to tap into those travel aspirations and the endless options available to us in the real world. Our users are challenging themselves to travel through Japan or cycle across Ireland. Taking that trip youve always wanted builds strong staying power. All you need is a $299 Oculus Quest 2 and a sense of adventure. Were thrilled to be part of the Oculus Quest community - the most mainstream standalone headset on the market today. We cant wait to see where our new Oculus users will explore first.

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VZfit is a subscription app and available today on the Oculus Quest Store. Enjoy a free 7-day trail then either pay $9.99 per month or a discounted annual membership. For full subscription details visit the Oculus blog.

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VirZOOM Inc. is a Cambridge, Massachusetts company co-founded in 2015 by Eric Janszen, ex-venture capitalist and Eric Malafeew, former chief architect of multimillion selling game titles "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band". First generation product was a software and hardware VR fitness experience compatible with early VR technology. In 2019 VirZOOM shifted to focus on software alone, launching VZplay and Explorer, designed to increase availability through a focus on the Oculus all-in-one headsets. VirZOOM's customers have collectively traveled over 1 million virtual kilometers and burned nearly 40 million total calories. The company has raised $11 million through Wefunder and investors to date. Follow us at: Website, Facebook, Twitter.

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Apr 18

Virtual Fitness Services Market Projected to Show Strong Growth | Fitbit, Inc., ClassPass Inc., FitnessOnDemand, Peloton, Wellbeats, Inc. KSU | The…

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Apr 18

Beat the Cheat: Combat Flailing Arms with These Targeted Fitness Exercises – Dance Spirit

First: Things are going to be OK

If you ask leadership from 24Seven, NYCDA, Showstopper or Radix Dance Convention, the trajectory of the dance convention/competition world is on the upswing. "As numbers improve and restrictions are eased, we're ready to kick it into high gear," says Radix director Eddie Strachan.

Programs have returned to their regional tours, tackling unique pandemic hurdles as they strive to create as "normal" an event as possible. "Things are definitely looking up," says 24Seven director Danny Lawn. "For us, an event this past weekend felt as close to normal as it has in a long time."

According to Nikki Cole, director of marketing and media relations for Showstopper, the competition world is an inspirational place to be right now. "The dance community has come together in remarkable ways to bring positivity, hope and light to dance studios by getting kids back onstage," she says.

Good news! Every competition/convention we've spoken with is committed to hosting Nationals this year, one way or another.

COVID willing, Showstopper, Radix and The Dance Awards all hope to hold a normal Nationals (you know, in-person), but it's important to remember that things are always subject to change. "We are ready to hold Nationals as normally as possible, but if we still need to have safety protocols in place during that time, then so be it," Strachan says. "We are just trying to push through each month to see what the next one brings."

Capacity for both the Florida and Las Vegas Dance Awards is still to be determined by the tide of the pandemic, but as of right now, registration is open to those who are interested. Regardless, Lawn says dancers can anticipate something magical. "The directors are so good at shifting plans and making everything special," he says.

For NYCDA, things will look a little different. Rather than hosting one event in NYC, director Joe Lanteri has decided to hold two separate summer events: one in Phoenix, AZ, and one in Orlando, FL. "We are committed to making it feel like a true NYCDA Nationals," Lanteri says. That means it will still include award-winning choreographers, artistic directors and college-scholarship auditions. Safety precautions that have been a staple throughout the year will continue, but the details of how many dancers can attend are still to be determined by the ever-changing state of the pandemic.

Regular temperature checks are required to participate at the majority of events (Evolve Photo & Video, courtesy NYCDA)

Schedule Shakeup

In order to host as many dancers as possible, and avoid cross-contamination between studios, scheduling at conventions and competitions is a bit different this year.

"If you're only allowed 200 dancers in the venue at a time, that's really limiting for four different age groups," Lanteri says. NYCDA's workaround? In some venues, a split schedule. Morning classes are reserved for mini and junior dancers to take class, and the rest of the day is reserved for teen and senior dancers. "That alone doubles our capacity."

In order to avoid eating and congregating en masse, 24Seven is staggering lunch times, as well as class start and end times.

The takeaway? First, pay close attention to the schedule the competition gives you: It's going to be different from years past.

Second, if you have a younger sibling, your parent or guardian will likely be running back and forth like crazy all weekend, so be sure to tell them how much you appreciate them.

Mask Up, Temperature Check and Complete That Health Survey!

These days, your mask is your golden ticket to any convention or competition. Other than the moments immediately before you walk onstage to compete, and immediately after you finish, your mask will be on your face for the entire weekend. (Some cities even require them onstage.)

"We completely understand that none of us like to wear masks," Strachan says. "But we all like to dance in person, so if that is what it takes, that is what we have to do."

Beyond masks, regular temperature checks are required to participate at the majority of events, as well. And NYCDA teachers and staff are going the extra mile to keep you safe. "We have a partnership with a testing lab, so every week, everyone on the NYCDA team is PCR tested before they get on an airplane," Lanteri says. "The lab sends someone out to the cities with us, and most of us test again while we're there. I personally also test every Monday when I get back to my home base."

NYCDA also requires each of their dancers and attendees to fill out a wellness survey every day along with getting a temperature check. This gives them access to a wristband that shows they're clear to participate.

The takeaway? These competitions and conventions aren't messing around. Nothing is more important to them than your safety.

We can practically promise that celebrating a win will feel just as good in a face mask (courtesy Showstopper)

Class Staging

The current industry standard for conventions is to require six feet of space between each dancer. Events maintain this by taping 6-foot-by-6-foot squares on the ground that the students are asked to dance in. "I love looking out into a sea of clean lines with everyone in their spot," says Lawn. "In that sense, it's kinda fierce."

Most conventions begin the weekend by dividing the participants into combo groups that will be used throughout the weekend. This keeps the dancers from crossing paths as they move on and off the floor, and limits potential exposure between groups as they observe.

In a major shift from years past, dancers may no longer be asked to go onstage next to the teacher to demonstrate, depending on the size of the ballroom. "We keep the stage as clear as possible," Lawn says of 24Seven.

The takeaway? You've practiced perfect spacing your entire lifeyou were born for this.

Studio Blocks

In order to avoid contact between studios and keep numbers in the venue low, most competitions currently have schools compete all their numbers, one right after the other during a single block of time.

"Studios A, B and C may compete during a three-hour chunk of time," Strachan says. "Then we clear them out of the ballroom and sanitize the stage and dressing rooms before the next set of studios come in to dance their block." At Radix, security has a list of people in each given block, and checks who they are before they're allowed to enter the ballroom.

At 24Seven, solos follow the same studio-block pattern as group numbers. All mini and junior solos from studio A will go back-to-back, followed by studios B and C, before the room is cleaned for the next block. "We call everyone beforehand to make sure they are comfortable sharing a block with other studios," Lawn says.

The takeaway? You're gonna be pretty tired after running your dances consecutively. Bring a good energy booster to snack on!

Many competitions are spreading out chairs for audience members to encourage social distancing (Evolve Photo & Video, courtesy NYCDA)

Exclusive In-Person Performances, Online Entourages

Just as there is less space for performers at competition these days, there's also less space for audience members. For those who can attend, competitions are spreading chairs out for social-distancing purposes. Showstopper audiences sit at round tables spread out across the room in watch groups.

For those who can't attend in person due to capacity or proximity, the majority of competitions livestream the event.

The takeaway? The fewer people there are, the safer you'll be. But you'll still get virtual hype from loved ones.

Socially Distanced Awards

Most competitions aren't hosting in-person awards, but you can stream them online. At competitions like Radix and NYCDA, all the awards for each studio are placed in a box or a souvenir bag that your studio owner or teacher can pick up later.

For Showstopper, in-person awards are possible, they just have to be done more frequently. "In years past we would have had 3-4 award ceremonies, now we do 10," Cole says. "This means when we finish each category (like Teen Small Groups), we do an award ceremony before moving on to the next one." According to Cole, parents really appreciate this new structure. "They don't have to sit and wait around all day if they don't want to," she says.

The takeaway? You can officially watch the awards ceremony from your bed with zero shame.

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Apr 18

Tottenham face anxious wait on Harry Kanes fitness for Carabao Cup final – The Guardian

Tottenham face an anxious wait to discover whether Harry Kane will be fit for the Carabao Cup final after the striker limped out of the 2-2 draw at Everton with a foot injury.

Kane scored his 20th and 21st goals of the Premier League season at Goodison Park, where Gylfi Sigurdsson also struck twice for the hosts, but was forced off in stoppage time after Richarlison landed on his foot at a corner. The Spurs striker will be assessed on Saturday, with Jos Mourinho desperate for positive news before next Sundays Wembley final against Manchester City.

For him to leave the pitch with a few minutes to go is obviously because he felt something, the Spurs manager said. It is too early to say something. I dont want to feed any speculation or be stupidly optimistic and say that he will play in the next game [against Southampton in midweek] or the final. I dont know. He doesnt know. Tomorrow we will see how it reacts and take a look in more detail.

Kane capitalised on two dreadful defensive mistakes by Everton to put Spurs ahead and then equalise in the second half. It was great finishing, said Mourinho. Its the kind of player that when you see the first touch and the control, we are used to seeing it in training and we know it is fantastic finishing. Two beautiful goals but not a surprise for the ones who see him do it every day in training.

The Spurs manager, however, was unhappy with Michael Olivers decision to award Everton a first-half penalty when James Rodrguez went down under minimal contact from Sergio Reguiln. The penalty was not a penalty, he insisted. I think the players should be praised [for not haranguing Oliver over the decision] but we all have the feeling that it is very difficult for VAR to go against a referees decision. They dont like to expose each other.

The maximum they like to tell the referee is: Come on, have a look, but when Mr Oliver is in such high speed to the penalty spot I dont think there is any point complaining.

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Apr 18

This slick Samsung fitness tracker will cost you less than a month at the gym – Android Police

Smartwatches tend to cost a pretty penny. Even budget offerings still manage to run into triple digits, and with the state of wearables on Android, it's a tough price to justify. If you're just looking for a way to track your fitness and view notifications without needing your phone, Samsung's Galaxy Fit2 is a fantastic Fitbit alternative. It's already a steal at its usual $50 price, but now you can start counting steps and calories for an all-new low of just $30 at Amazon.

Released just in time for the holidays last year, Samsung's Galaxy Fit2 is a basic activity tracker that syncs with your phone to deliver a smartwatch experience far cheaper than the competition. It includes a grooved band designed to keep your wrist from getting sweaty and features a bright 1.1" AMOLED display for tracking runs and checking texts. Automatic activity detection means you can start working out without having to swipe through menus, and since it's water-resistant up to 50m, swims count towards your burnt calories too.

Samsung rates the battery at up to 15 days on a single charge, which is perfect for actually monitoring your sleep instead of powering up overnight. Unlike some of the company's newer accessories, the Fit2 works with all Android devices, so you don't need to have a Galaxy phone to take advantage of this deal.

Only the scarlet Fit2 is on sale; the standard black version will still run you the usual $50. It's hard to find a cheaper fitness tracker than this especially from a mainstream manufacturer so if you're interested, make sure to pick one up before they're gone using the link below.

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Apr 18

HealthBeat fitness systems a free fitness option for residents – Plant City Observer

The City of Plant City encourages the public to use the outdoor fitness systems at Dr. Hal & Lynn Brewer and Samuel W. Cooper parks, which were installed between October 2020 and March 2021.

Getting fit doesnt have a one-size-fits-all process.

When it comes to getting in shape, settings that work well for one person may not work at all for another. And the COVID-19 pandemic forced many people to change the way they exercise with gyms and fitness classes shut down for extended periods of time. Making the most of the great outdoors became a popular option as it was promoted as a safer way to enjoy group activities.

Though the gyms are back open and fitness classes have resumed, its still a great idea to enjoy the Florida sunshine (before the inevitable afternoon summer storms hit) when youre working out. One of the City of Plant Citys latest ventures, installing a pair of HealthBeat Outdoor Fitness Systems, will help residents to that for the low cost of $0 up front per person.

The health of the public is a primary concern and we thought this was a good way to help the community exercise, work out, to raise the overall fitness level of the community, Parks and Recreation Department director Jack Holland said. Not everyone participates in team-type activity, so this is something they can do individually to increase their health.

Each HealthBeat system consists of 14 equipment stations anyone age 13 and up can use for a full-body workout targeting the areas of balance, flexibility, overall strength and cardiovascular health. Both of Plant Citys systems have an elliptical, parallel bars, a hand cycler, a mobility ramp, balance steps, a stretching station, a cardio stepper, a squat press station, a plyometrics station, tai chi wheels, a chest/back press station, an assisted row/push-ups station, an ab crunch/leg lifts station, and a pull up/dips station. Each station has a sign displaying usage and safety information as well as suggested exercises, though seasoned workout warriors will undoubtedly find other creative ways to use the equipment.

All stations are fully ADA compliant and a layer of rubber surfacing on the ground will help protect anyone who falls while working out.

The first HealthBeat system was installed at Dr. Hal & Lynn Brewer Park, 1491 Hunter St., in October 2020. The department recently completed its second HealthBeat system installation at Samuel W. Cooper Park, 900 E. Dr. MLK Boulevard, in March. Both were completed by Rep Services, Inc. under a $165,000 CRA budget via piggyback contracts with Clay County, which the City of Plant City has also done for previous playground equipment.

HealthBeat systems are a product from Landscape Structures, a manufacturer of playground equipment and outdoor fitness equipment suitable for people of a wide range of skill levels. The HealthBeat system is the most beginner-friendly outdoor fitness system the company offers.

We researched several different companies and came across HealthBeat, Holland said. Its provided through a vendor weve used in the past for our playgrounds and we thought wed give it a shot. We went to various sites where systems like this are already installed and looked at how they hold up through weather, after heavy use and we thought it would be a very good fit for us.

Though the city has no immediate plans to add more HealthBeat systems in other parks Holland said the department has pivoted to focus on other areas of need for the time being the door is open to bring more outdoor fitness systems to Plant City in the future. For now, all residents who meet the minimum age requirement are encouraged to go get a free workout in at any time during daylight hours.

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Apr 18

Just What Is The Egg Diet And Does It Even Work? – Men’s Health

Regardless on where you stand on the breakfast front, one food seems to unite even those who profane the idea of eating in the morning: eggs. Cereal you can take or leave, smashed avo on toast is something reserved for the hipsters and those inclined to throw their money away at a restaurant simply for taking a fork to the green mush, but eggstheres just so much variety offered up in the one food. Whether its scrambled, fried, or poached, you cant go wrong with eggs in the morning. You can however go wrong with egg sandwiches in the office - please, show some decorum fellas, you know these things smell like farts.

As it happens, eggs are so beloved theres a diet centred around eating them in order to help you lose weight. And unlike most diets that have such complex and ridiculous names that garner something of an eye-roll to merely utter them in public, this one is rather straightforward: The Egg Diet.

This low-calorie, low-carb, high-protein eating plan is centred on the idea that it can lead to rapid weight loss without sacrificing muscle mass. According to Ilyse Schapiro R.D., This fad diet is based around the idea that eggs are a nutrient-dense, inexpensive, and complete protein source, but rather than eating highly processed, packaged, and artificial foods, The Egg Diet is centred around a whole-food approach.

Some variations of the diet include eating only hard-boiled eggs while others offer more variety, but essentially youll be eating three meals per day without any snacks. These meals tend to include lean proteins, 1 to 2 servings of fruit per day, plenty of dark, leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables and of course, plenty of water or any zero-calorie beverage.

As diets go, it could be on the better side but its still a fad. Yes you will see results in terms of weight loss, but its restrictive and so isnt sustainable. Schapiro explains: Given that all versions of The Egg Diet result in eating fewer calories, it is likely that you will achieve short-term weight loss. However, this plan is too restrictive and regimented to be considered a well-balanced, sustainable way of eating.

According to Lyssie Lakatos, R.D.N., The problem comes in when it comes to real-life and not wanting to feel so limited and follow such a strict diet all of the time. Lakatos adds, Also, if you were to continue on the diet long-term, youd miss out on a lot of important vitamins and minerals that you need to keep you healthy.

With this in mind then, just what is a healthy number of eggs to consume daily? The verdict isnt quite out yet, but the American Heart Association generally recommends one egg, or two egg whites, per day as part of a healthy diet. This might be outdated though as it was thought eggs contained too much cholesterol in egg yolks, but research has found this has little effect on raising total and bad LDL cholesterol levels. So, it seems we can take into our scrambled eggs as often as we please.

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Apr 18

Carbs and diabetes: Relationship, benefits, risks, and more – Medical News Today

Eating carbohydrates can raise a persons blood sugar. This is crucial information for people living with diabetes, or those trying to lower their risk of developing the condition.

However, eating adequate amounts of carbohydrates or carbs is still an important part of a diet plan for someone with diabetes.

A person living with diabetes should understand the relationship between the condition and carbs so that they can make the best food choices for themselves.

Not all carbs are equal some food containing carbs also contains other important nutrients that can benefit a person with diabetes in the right quantity.

This article explores the relationship between carbs and diabetes and the benefits and risks of carbs in a meal plan.

If a person with diabetes has high blood sugar, it can cause them to experience serious complications. Eating carbohydrates can contribute to high blood sugar.

Insulin is a naturally occurring hormone that breaks down sugar in the blood for use as energy. If the body is not receiving insulin or even amounts of insulin, it can lead to elevated blood sugar levels, which can have harmful effects for the person.

Type 1 diabetes means that a persons body does not produce any or enough insulin.

According to The Johns Hopkins University, type 1 diabetes typically starts when a person is young and occurs due to the immune system attacking the pancreas, which prevents the body from producing insulin.

In type 2 diabetes, a persons body is insensitive to insulin. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs later in life, often in adults who have obesity.

People living with either type 1 or 2 diabetes need to monitor their blood glucose (sugar) levels.

Eating food and fasting directly affect a persons blood glucose levels.

However, not all foods affect blood glucose levels in the same way.

The body breaks down digestible carbs into sugar. This then enters a persons bloodstream.

Simple carbs can cause blood glucose levels to rise very quickly. Simple carbs include fructose and glucose, and can contain some vitamins and minerals.

Foods that contain fructose may include fruit juice concentrate, which contains simple carbs.

Simple carb foods that contain glucose may include table sugar or candy.

On the other hand, complex carbs will slowly elevate blood glucose levels. These foods can contain other vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

However, complex carbs can include starchy foods, such as white bread or white potatoes, which contain fewer other beneficial ingredients.

Learn more about simple vs. complex carbs here.

According to UW Health, the total grams of carbohydrate a person eats will affect their blood sugar and will help them understand how much insulin they need to receive.

Learn about how a person with high blood sugar might feel here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person living with diabetes should aim to eat about 50% of their calories from carbs.

Therefore, if a person eats 1,800 calories a day to maintain a healthy weight, 800900 of those calories could come from carbs. The CDC explain that this equates to around 200225 grams a day.

However, they state that the number of carbs a person needs will vary.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) breaks carbs down into three categories, including:

The ADA explains that a persons biggest source of carbs should be non-starchy, whole vegetables.

Next, people should eat some minimally processed carbs. These can include:

Lastly, the ADA recommends that people avoid foods with refined sugar as much as possible. These foods include candies, soda, and juices.

A person with diabetes will need to keep an eye on their carb intake as part of their blood sugar monitoring.

However, they can aim to include carbs in their diet that contain other beneficial nutrients.

Different types of carbohydrates can provide different benefits.

Fiber can provide several benefits, including:

The CDC add that fiber does not raise blood sugar levels.

Starch is found in several vegetables, whole grains and fruit.

According to the ADA, the slow speed at which starch releases glucose into the blood can help prevent blood sugar spikes.

In general, a person should avoid added sugars and refined sugars.

However, if a persons blood sugar level drops too low, the ADA recommends using food or drinks with 15 grams of carbohydrate. They suggest a person should wait 15 minutes, then check their blood sugar levels. If their blood sugar is still under 70 milligrams per deciliter, they can have another serving.

There are several foods that provide fiber or starch. The ADA recommends including the most amount of carbs from non-starchy vegetables, including:

The ADA also recommends including some of the following foods in a daily meal plan:

The CDC recommends a person consume no more than 50% of their calories each day from carbs.

A 2018 study shows that eating too many carbs each day can increase a persons risk of diabetes, other metabolic disorders, or cardiovascular disease.

Consuming simple carbs can cause blood glucose levels to rise quickly in those with diabetes.

According to the ADA, eating more than planned or exercising less than planned can result in hyperglycemia.

Left untreated, hyperglycemia, or high blood glucose, can cause a serious condition called ketoacidosis.

There are some foods a person with diabetes, or a person looking to lower their risk of diabetes, should avoid as much as possible.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) recommends limiting or avoiding the following foods:

A person should work with their healthcare providers to determine the best dietary plan for them.

A person should also talk to their doctor before making a radical change in diet since it can affect how much insulin or medication they may need to control their blood sugar levels.

There are a few different dietary options that may work well for a person living with diabetes.

The CDC recommend that any diet plan for a person living with diabetes should:

The CDC suggest a person use either the plate method or counting carb dietary plans.

The plate method visually breaks the plate down into portions to help guide how many carbs, protein, and non-starchy vegetables a person should eat during a meal.

Counting carbs involves adding up how many carbs a person eats during a meal and day in an effort to limit the total carbs consumed.

Learn about carb counting for diabetes here.

Low carb diets, such as the keto diet, are often popular choices for people living with diabetes.

However, a 2015 research paper found that although low carb diets are generally safe and effective in the short term, they are did not show any benefits over higher carb diets in the long term in terms of:

As a result, the researchers did not recommend the use of low carb diets as a standard diet recommendation for people living with diabetes.

Learn more about the keto diet and type 2 diabetes here.

A person living with diabetes should focus on eating non-starchy vegetables, whole grains and starches found in fruit and vegetables.

People should avoid or limit the amount of processed foods and refined sugar they consume to avoid issues from elevated sugar levels.

There are several potential dietary plans a person can follow, including the plate method, counting carbs or even low carb diets.

A person should always talk to their doctor before making drastic changes to their diet.

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