Here are interesting words and collocations to use in your answers for such IELTS topics as Sport, Health and Food.

Health and Diet vocab — List of words and collocations

a big eater
beat the record (v)
calisthenics (n)
cross-country skiing (n)
dietary requirements
drowsy (adj)
expiry date (n)
go down with
have a sweet tooth
I could eat a horse
lip balm (n)
nutrient (n)
potluck (n)
preservatives (n)
refreshed (adj)
savoury (adj)
soft drinks (n)
split the bill
spoil your appetite
staple diet/food (n)
stroke (n)
teetotal (adj)

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Health and Diet vocab — Explanations & Examples

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a big eater — a person who eats a lot and has big meals
I've never been a big eater, so obesity is definitely not the problem for me.

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beat the record (v) — break the record, do smth better than anyone or anything else or to achieve something no other person or thing has achieved
I really into sports because I love to develop myself and to beat my own records.

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calisthenics (n) — gymnastic exercises to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement
What I love about my town is that there are many calisthenics parks and public fitness areas.

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cross-country skiing (n) — a form of skiing where skiers rely on their own locomotion to move across snow-covered terrain (not mountain skiing)
I love running in summer and cross-country skiing in winter.

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dietary requirements — special needs or things someone can't eat
We prefer to stay in apartments because our son has an allergy, so he has special dietary requirements.

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drowsy (adj) — sleepy; half asleep
When I wake up early at the morning I feel drowsy and can't work effectively.

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expiry date (n) — the date when food is no longer safe
The problem is that these days companies add too much chemical preservatives in food to extend the expiry date.

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go down with — to catch an illness
I went down with terrible flu the day before my Math exam.

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have a sweet tooth — love sweet things
I have a sweet tooth and always buy sugary snacks in that vending machine.

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I could eat a horse — I'm very hungry
I was starving, I could eat a horse.

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lip balm (n) — special lipstick or a cream for sore or cracked lips
A layer of sun-protective lip balm is all it takes to prevent chapping.

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nutrient (n) — substance used by an organism to survive, grow, and reproduce
Some essential nutrients have no stores in the body, so we need regular supplies from food.

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potluck (n) — informal meal where guests bring a different dish and share it with the other guests
We had a potluck on Saturday in the park.

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preservatives (n) — substance used to preserve foodstuffs
As far as we don't want to consume too much chemical preservatives, we always check the ingredient list of any food we buy.

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refreshed (adj) — have new strength or energy
After a short nap in the middle of day I always feel refreshed.

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savoury (adj) — salty or spicy
When I'm hungry I prefer to eat something savoury, not sugary.

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soft drinks (n) — cold drinks without alcohol
She is teetotal, she prefer soft drinks like cola or lemonade.

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split the bill — each person will pay for him/herself
We usually split the bill when we have lunch together.

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spoil your appetite — you're no longer hungry, because you ate smth before a meal
I don't allow my children to eat sugary snacks before a meal. I don't want them to spoil their appetite.

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staple diet/food (n) — food which constitutes a dominant portion of a standard diet for a given people
Culture, climate, and trade are all factors that determine the staple food in any region.

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stroke (n) — sudden disabling attack caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain
Treating obesity and high blood pressure can reduce the risk of stroke.

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teetotal (adj) — never drink alcohol
I'm not a big fan of pubs and bars. I'm teetotal.

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