Water is the best fluid to drink to replace sweat loses during training.
Soft drinks are very high in sugar, and this will slow the absorption of fluid from the gut, which can result in bloating.
Carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks can be useful in long endurance events, such as marathons or triathlons.
Soft drinks can be useful after sport to top up glycogen stores in the muscles.
Choose a drink that is not too high in sugar, as this will slow the absorption of fluid from the gut, which can result in bloating.
Alcohol does not assist sporting performance.
Alcohol increases the risk of dehydration, impairs judgment, reaction time, balance, accuracy, and can also cause low blood sugar levels.
Drinking alcohol after sport can aggravate soft tissue injuries, resulting in increased bruising and swelling.
People who drink diet soft drinks don't lose weight. In fact, they gain weight.
A lot of people say, I'm drinking a diet soft drink because that is better for me.
But soft drinks by themselves are not the root of America's obesity problem. You can't go into a fast-food restaurant and say, Oh; it's OK because I had diet soda. If you don't do anything else but switch to a diet soft drink, you are not going to lose weight.
Eat fewer fatty foods.
Young people’s diets are often very high in fat, due to their high intake of fried take-away foods.
Eating fewer fatty foods will:
Help control body weight.
Allow more carbohydrate foods to be eaten, which will increase energy levels.
Improve sport performance.
Reduce the risk of heart disease later on in life.