I've recently started a job at UPS, hoping to burn off the extra 50lbs I'm packing, and just get into better shape, along with the nice paycheck. I'm also trying to watch what I eat a little better. Eating more complex carbs, drinking tons of water, drinking a lot less soda, etc. Now, a couple things I've been wondering about. Will drinking juice keep me hydrated like drinking water will? I've been getting tired of drinking water all the time, and I love juice. So if juice will keep me hydrated just as well, I'd like to drink more juice and less water. Another thing, more than a few people from work have told me drinking a protein shake before and after work will help me adjust to the hard manual labor, and keep my muscles from being sore. Is this true? Will it really benefit me? And any recommendations on what to buy? I hope that you guys can help me, seeing as this doesn't quite fit into what this forum is about.