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Quick question: Does Nutrisystem really work, and how long before you see results? Thanks in advance for any comment. 2nd question I got is.. I apologize immensely in advance if this topic has been posted before (I am on a couple of sports message boards where the membership is extremely gripey if you repost something that has already been hashed, to the point of rudeness at their gripiness) however I need a clarification..

My manual says 6 8 oz glasses of water a day is required. That would be 48 oz, which would only be 3 bottled waters a day basically. However I have seen conflicting comments on here about people drinking what seems like gallons a day. I read one guy post you needed to drink like 20 oz for every 50 pounds you weigh and lots of other comments from others saying other requirements. I am doing what is in the book I got, 48 oz a day, is that right, or should I be drinking more? I say this because 3 bottled waters a day doesn't affect me that much, I mean I have to go pee once or twice more a day, but it isn't drastic, yet it seems others are drinking much more, so what is the correct amount? Thanks, and again sorry if this has been rehashed time and time again, please be gentle, lol...

Comments (17)

The answer is Yes, but... you might want to make sure and wait for another member here to confirm it as I am not quite sure. Better yet, why don't you call the Nutrisystem guys because they can give you an answer better...

Comment #1

Yeah I usually drink more than the 48 too, especially on days I drink water with my meal, but I was just making sure 48 was the threshold we are supposed to make sure we meet, like I said I have seen some comments on here where it seems like they are literally drinking water non-stop, maybe I just have a big bladder, lol, and don't need all the pit stops. I should be thankful I suppose...

Comment #2

Hmm the online meal planner suggest 8 glasses of water which would be 64. I haven't looked at that page much less touched a printed meal planner in months so the book may say 6...

Comment #3

I've read to drink 'at least' 8 - 8oz of water...which would be 64 oz. I've also read somewhere that you should drink 1/2 your weight in ounces (so I am 165 lbs so I should drink 82.5 oz - which sounds like WAY TOO MUCH TO ME!!)..

Comment #4

Yes, Nutrisystem recommends 64 oz. of water each day..

8 glasses of water = each glass 8 oz...

Comment #5

Hey Redhead,.

I should be drinking 1/2 my weight in ounces of water per day?.

WOW, if that is true? I'll be drinking 17 + glasses of water per day, look out bathroom here I come!..

Comment #6

I usually don't visit the men's section, but I saw this. I too have seen where some people are drinking 80 or more ounces of water a day depending on their weight. I question the sources that say this because our body knows how much water it wants. I am posting an article that talks about the dangers of drinking too much. Best wishes... Joanne.

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Why Too Much Water Is Dangerous.

Posted By.

Dr. Ben Kim.

On Mar 31, 2009.

Health Warnings.

Updated on March 31, 2009.

On January 12, 2007, a 28-year old Californian wife and mother of three children died from drinking too much water. Her body was found in her home shortly after she took part in a water-drinking contest that was sponsored by a local radio show. Entitled "Hold Your Wee For A Wii," the contest promoters promised a free Wii video game machine to the contestant who drank the most water without urinating..

It is estimated that the woman who died drank approximately 2 gallons of water during the contest. When she and other contestants complained of discomfort and showed visible signs of distress, they were laughed at by the promoters and even heckled..

This tragic news story highlights the importance of understanding why drinking too much water can be dangerous to your health..

Whenever you disregard your sense of thirst and strive to ingest several glasses of water a day just because you have been told that doing so is good for your health, you actually put unnecessary strain on your body in two major ways:.

Ingesting more water than you need can increase your total blood volume. And since your blood volume exists within a closed system - your blood circulatory system - needlessly increasing your blood volume on a regular basis puts unnecessary burden on your heart and blood vessels..

Your kidneys must work overtime to filter excess water out of your blood circulatory system. Your kidneys are.


The equivalent of a pair of plumbing pipes whereby the more water you flush through your kidneys, the cleaner they become; rather, the filtration system that exists in your kidneys is composed in part by a series of specialized capillary beds called glomeruli. Your glomeruli.


Get damaged by unnecessary wear and tear over time, and drowning your system with large amounts of water is one of many potential causes of said damage..

Putting unnecessary burden on your cardiovascular system and your kidneys by ingesting unnecessary water is a subtle process. For the average person, it is virtually impossible to know that this burden exists, as there are usually no obvious symptoms on a moment-to-moment basis. But make no mistake about it: this burden is real and can hurt your health over the long term..

Forcing your body to accept a large amount of water within a short period of time - say, an hour or two - as several contestants did during the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest can be fatally dangerous to your health. Here's why:.

If you force large amounts of water into your system over a short period of time, your kidneys will struggle to eliminate enough water from your system to keep the overall amount at a safe level..

As your blood circulatory system becomes diluted with excess water, the concentration of electrolytes in your blood will drop relative to the concentration of electrolytes in your cells. In an effort to maintain an equal balance of electrolytes between your blood and your cells, water will seep into your cells from your blood, causing your cells to swell..

If this swelling occurs in your brain, the bones that make up your skull hardly budge. The result is an increase in intracranial pressure i.e. your brain gets squeezed. Depending on how much water your drink in a short period of time, you could experience a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from a mild headache to impaired breathing. And as occurred recently in the tragic water-drinking contest, it is quite possible to die if you drink enough water in a short enough period of time..

This information is particularly important for parents to pass on to their children. Foolish water-drinking contests are not uncommon among high school and university students, especially while playing cards..

So how much water should you drink to best support your health?.

The answer to this question depends on your unique circumstances, including your diet, exercise habits, and environment..

If you eat plenty of foods that are naturally rich in water, such as vegetables, fruits, and cooked legumes and whole grains, you may not need to drink very much water at all. If you do not use much or any salt and other seasonings, your need for drinking water goes down even further..

Conversely, if you do not eat a lot of plant foods and/or you add substantial salt and spices to your meals, you may need to drink several glasses of water every day..

Regardless of what your diet looks like, if you sweat on a regular basis because of exercise or a warm climate, you will need to supply your body with more water (through food and/or liquids) than someone who does not sweat regularly..

Ultimately, the best guidance I can provide on this issue is to follow your sense of thirst. Some people believe that thirst is not a reliable indicator of how much water you need, since many people suffer with symptoms related to dehydration and don't seem to feel a need to drink water on a regular basis..

My experience has been that most people who are chronically dehydrated have learned to ignore a parched mouth..

If you ask such people if they are thirsty and would like a piece of fruit or a glass of water, they will almost always realize that they are indeed thirsty..

Some people suggest observing the color of your urine as a way of looking out for dehydration. The idea is that clear urine indicates that you are well hydrated, while yellow urine indicates that you need more water in your system. While this advice is somewhat useful, it is important to remember that some chemicals (like synthetic vitamins) and heavily pigmented foods (like red beets) can add substantial color to your urine. Thumbs down for synthetic vitamins, and thumbs up for red beets and other richly colored vegetables and fruits..

The main idea that I wish to share through this article is to beware of mindlessly drinking several glasses of water per day without considering your diet, exercise habits, climate, and sense of thirst. And when you do find yourself in need of water, remember that you can get it from liquids and/or whole foods..

Please share this article with family and friends, as many people are regularly misinformed on this topic by mainstream media and health practitioners...

Comment #7

Hey Joanne,.

It's Ok, I have a good life insurance plan..........................

Comment #8

I drink a minimum of 64 oz. of water per day and have been since starting Nutrisystem and that has worked well for me...

Comment #9

I drink at least 96 oz. of very watered down crystal light (or flavorfulls) and 1 pot of coffee. I do all of this before 5:00pm so as not to spend my nights waking up to urinate. No fluids after 5...

Comment #10

At the risk of getting my head handed to me...The fuzzy "cause they tell you so" rationale doesn't make sense..

We often misinterpret thirst for hunger, and much of the water we take in during the day is through food. If we drink more water, we are going to suppress our appetite via volume and less thirst. My take as a doc is that as long as you are hydrated, replacing insensible loss and that you burn doing exercise, you should be fine. There is no magic in 64 ounces...

Comment #11

I get in about 80 ozs a day and will add an extra 16 ozs if I have a soda...

Comment #12

Water was a very important component of my weight loss, and I drink 80-100 oz per day still. It definitely helps your body flush the metabolized fat, and believe me, when you're losing a lot you go to the bathroom constantly. It also keeps your body from holding on to to excess fluid, makes you feel better all around etc. Drink up. This is all my opinion and what I have observed over the last year or so and while losing >100 lbs, and I'm not a Dr. and don't even play one on TV...

Comment #13

Come on now, are you just looking for an excuse to not drink enough water? I'm sure I can find an example of someone taking something good to an unhealthy extreme for just about anything. Nobody's suggesting that you load gallons of water into your body over an hour or so like this woman did, but that you give your body what it needs to remove the amount of fat being metabolized and keep everything working..

I give up trying to get people to understand why this is important, (again in my opinion). Every few weeks it comes up, "why do I have to drink so much water?", and all these people who have lost tons of weight try to explain. Bottom line, it works, but no one can force you to do anything. Your success is ultimately up to you...

Comment #14

True this..

There's no scientific basis for the 64oz, but drinking a lot of water does help some people lose weight, and Fixbones has the probable reason..


Comment #15

Hugebear. You're right on with this. I had this discussion with my wife a few days ago. There are a bunch of people in here that will scour the Internet just to get the slightest bit of evidence that they are not alone in their rediculous opinions - whether it's about exercise, cheating, extra foods, water intake, protein consumption, drugs, alcohol, and on and on ....

Lots of stubborn, arrogant people - NOT losing weight like the rest of us who follow the Nutrisystem plan and the advice of real doctors and dieticians..

PS - cardio is bad for your heart...

Comment #16

The water intoxication thing is pretty hard to do. You need to drink something along the lines of.


Within a very short time. The "Wee for Wii" contest was an example of that..

I regularly drink 8-12 half-liter bottles of water each day. That's anywhere from 1 to 1.5 gallons a day. Not all at once, of course. When you spread it out over a full day it's actually fairly easy..

Wake up, have my coffee. Then drink a bottle during my workout. A bottle while I'm preparing breakfast (which is my favorite meal of the day and I have an elaborate routine), another while eating it. Morning snack, one bottle. Preparing lunch, a bottle; same with eating lunch. Afternoon snack, a bottle.

Eating dinner, bottle. Evening snack, bottle..

That's 10 half-liter bottles, without even.


To drink water. Usually I sneak a bottle or two in between if I'm not doing anything....and if I have a bathroom handy, because I go so often that I usually don't bother turning the light off!.

Room temperature water is the easiest to drink. Chilled or freezing cold water is brutal on the throat; plus I freeze due to my lowered caloric intake. I can gulp a full bottle on one breathe, but usually I finish it over a couple minutes..

I had to adjust to having flavorless water with my meals. Once I got used to it, I realized I could taste the food better. All that crap in soda and sugarfree drink mixes often mask the true flavor of the food. Salad tastes great without all that sweet stuff to hide it!.

Anyway, the usual disclaimers apply. Do what works for you. This is working for me...

Comment #17

Agree, it helps many. I always like to know "why" on things. Thanks for the article...

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