I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I bump into an decent answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could help you..
Drinking the water is always a closely held belief of many on NS. Sean is right about not questioning the Dark Arts..
That said, there is quite a bit written about this, and very little science. Logically, if you are hydrated, there should be little benefit. We all take in some of our daily water through food, and many people over eat because they are dry. Perhaps increased water intake is a way to remove that sub-conscious cause for over eating. I raised this question on the dietitian board last year and got my head handed to me by a couple of people..
I think the long and short answer is that we are not sure how it works, but it does make a big difference for many...
Ok, the short answer is yes it makes a difference. Hydration is actually integral to weight loss in several key aspects, some obvious, some less so. Obvious: you tend to feel more sated or full, and less likely to eat inappropriately. Not so obvious: the body's cells require water to metabolize fat. Increased hydration can yield up to a 30% metabolic gain..
On the flip side, don't mix that coffee with your exercise, and go easy on it in generalparticularly if you are admittedly lax in getting your water in. Caffeine is a diuretic, so you are actually dehydrating yourself further. Nice, eh?.
References for your consideration:.
Get informed, get hydrated, and get back on track..
2/19: 241.8 (start).
96/34/37 (Days NS/p90/smoke-free)..
Just like the body can go into starvation mode (and start canobalizing muscle and storing fat to preserve itself) your body can go into a anti-dehydration mode and start storing water when it gets what little you give it rather than just flushing it all through. So if you are dehydrated (or not fully hydrating yourself as the plan says) then your body can (and will) start holding onto some of the water. Thats part of why when you start drinking more water, you body realizes it isn't going to dehydrate so it will start releasing the water since there is now plenty and holding onto it isn't needed for survival anymore. This s why caffienated drinks are frowned on by most diet programs since caffiene is a diuretic. Do some research but I've read that for every 8oz soda you drink, you have to drink 16oz of water to make up for it (coffee and tea would be similar)..
There are lots more reasons, but thats the easiest one I keep in my head and remember and explain to people...
Water is the single most important thing in your body..
The best way for nutrients to flow through your body is by concentration gradient. This requires water to operate, the less water, the higher the concentration..
Secondly, the body requires water to break down bonds in different proteins and fats (hydrolysis). If you're dehydrated, less bonds break..
I don't know for sure, but I would assume, since cells tend to shrink when there's less water, that it'd also be more difficult to reach the fat stores when cells have more room between them..
I could think of probably 10 more reasons why water is important, and this is just based on basic Biology I & II from my college courses...
My earlier point was that.
If you are properly hydrated.
That there is no good explanation for adding more water. In addition, there is no science behind the 64 oz...