Any recommendations for things that are appropriate?
I think we have very different possibilities available to us. I drink mostly water (and the water in Denmark tastes quite nice; that is to say it doesn't taste of anything at all; city water tends to taste like chlorine, obviously), but I like to drink a lot of what's called Pepsi Max, especially in company. It's 3 calories to a litre of the stuff.
So look at what the label says, and find something that you like.
As for dieting, I don't know, I'm a real perfectionist as far as being in good shape and working out. I've found that if I do my hour of cardio every day and lift a few times a week and do abs every day, I can seriously eat whatever I want, but when you work out, you want
to eat healthier, so it all works out.
Consider yourself more than a little lucky. A lot of being overweight has to do with sheer biology, and even more with sheer habits. Eating habits are notoriously hard to break for all sorts of psychological and biological reasons.[/quote]
Obviously, eating right is important, but the exercise is just a bigger deal for me. Just be sure not to get too caught up in the whole food thing, because being anorexic isn't cute, it just annoys people (at least that was my experience!).
I bow to that observation.
Tea isn't bad for rehydrating (see QI question, can't remember series or episode I'm afraid). It's not as high in caffeine as coffee, and I don't think it's a net diuretic. Herbal teas are very good for rehydrating, but other than Redbush, I think they all taste disappointing (smell rather nice though).
You should likely drink two litres of water in a day. Drink two litres of tea, and you're bound to get an upset stomach from the caffeine (and yes, it would be worse if you drank two litres of coffee).
Tea isn't a problem, it just doesn't help very much. What you need is water, so drink water. It's not like drinking a glass of water should bring any unreasonable strain on anyone.
Also juice isn't that high in calories, especially if you mix it 50:50 with water. It's also good because it's got some of your required vitamins and fibre. Use sparkling water and life is good.
You can get the same vitamins and fibre from (surprise!) fruit!
Almost all juice has had sugar added. Even if it hasn't, you still get more of the good stuff from eating fruit directly. Also, your stomach and intestines have a better chance of getting the good stuff into your body if it comes with the package it's (genetically) used to, i.e. fruit.
Again, juice isn't all-out bad, it's just another added calorie intake, even if cut by 50% (by going half water, half juice). I wish I could give a clear example, but I haven't juice in the house..
And as people said, diet fizzy drinks are low/no calorie, but then again they do taste disgusting. The only artificial sweetener I like are the ones they put in chewing gums. The others taste metallic and evil.
My dad feels the exact same way.
Power drinks are ok if you have exercised to sweat. Gatorade was invented for football athletes though, keep that in mind. It has potassium and salts and helped avoid/control muscle cramps that go with tremendous physical exertion and dehydration.
It's 'ok' allright. But it's still an added intake of calories. If you exercise in order to spend calories, and then drink calories, you get a poorer result than you otherwise would.
It IS good to eat a little something right after exercise. This restocks the glukogen (not sure if it's the same word(s) in English) storage chambers in your muscle fibres, which helps them grow and recover from their recent exertion.
[On an evolutionary note: If you exercise and then eat right after, it's because you just foraged or hunted. You're allright. If you exercize and don't eat, you're on the run from something, and a period of hunger may well follow. So the body reduces the use of energy as much as it can. Just a theory, but I think it makes sense.]
If you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Water's the best thing just keep in that caffeine/sugar 'steals' from the water bank.
I'll accept that about caffeine if you say so. I do know that if you drink water when you're thirsty, there's no real emergency. 'Dehydration' according to my OED means that a large amount of water is missing in the body. Hopefully healthy people get thirsty some time before this happens.
Also note, if you're thirsty and need to get water, don't add sugar to the mix (either in the water or by eating something a long with it which contains sugar). The stomach considers sugar a more precious resource, and priority is given to it before the water. So until the sugar's absorbed, the water gets to remain in the stomach.
Body builders have been on to this stuff for decades and sometimes it's the mainstream health sources just catching up. Like the Atkins diet...he just looked at why most Americans were overweight: they were eating too much fat and carbs. So, decrease fat and carbs and increase protien and wah-lah...he didn't really invent a diet lol
This is very true. But please not also that a body builder does not exercise to lose weight or to get healthy. It is instead to build up muscle mass. So their training and diet isn't wholly applicable to most people.
I hope that stuff doesn't sound pompous. Up until very recently, I've been involved in athletics most of my life and learned a lot from other people along the way, thankfully.
My god, if YOU are worried about sounding pompous, how worried should I be?