wing, there are two schools of thoughts on drinking water. The first school of thought is that drinking water with a meal dilutes the hydrochloric acid in the stomach that is responsible for digesting the food you eat. And it is true that as we grow older, our body produces less hydrocholoric acid, sometimes resulting in a need to augment what the body produces.
The other school of thought is that most of us don’t drink enough water and generally run around in a somewhat dehydrated state the majority of the time.
Depending on who you talk to or which “expert’s” book you read, you’ll get different advice.
The benefits of water as it relates to our achieving our body comp goals are that water facilitates the process of refilling muscle glycogen stores. It removes metabolic waste like lactic acid and also the waste that results from creating energy (ATP); i.e., burning of free fatty acids, glycogen, etc.
Remember, too, that the benefits of creatine are that it hydrates the cell, creating a more anabolic environment. How can you have a well hydrated cell if you’re not drinking optimal amounts of water?
As it relates to cutting, there are many who believe that hunger is often confused with the body’s need for water.
The list of benefits is endless. Like the Nike commercial says, “Just do it!”
Re safflower oil, it’s high in Omega 6s.
And yes, the body is capable of making saturated fat, but it typically makes it from refined carbohydrates, not from your green veggie type carbs, and then only if you are hypocaloric (above maintenance calories). Are you eating a lot of refined carbohydrates.
For health, for athletic performance, and to improve your body composition, you should be ingesting roughly equal amounts of saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fat.