Coming from someone who has seen people become dehydrated and need medical attention. I think the "Drink when Thirsty" is a load of crap.
I've seen troops who train all day in 30+ degree heat, drink under a liter of water because their not thirsty.
While I did like Mark Sission's book I do not believe he was remotely correct at all in that statement for anyone that has any kind of physical activity in the sun.
Also I used to be chronically dehydrated. I would wake up in the middle of the night with a cramp in my leg, it took me 2 years to figure out what was causing it (would happen at least 2 times a week)
When I moved from Nova Scotia (on the ocean) to Ontario (inland), the air was dryer I drank a lot more water. Never Cramped, went back to Nova Scotia and water intake went down, cramps came back. Increased water intake and now they only hit when I seem to not drink enough.
Yet I was always drinking when I was thirsty when I had the cramps.
Also with Mark Sission's background of a Marathon Runner I'm sure he has seen a lot of people hit the dirt from not enough water.
Not to mention water is the main source for your body to get rid of any crap in your system and most people will not argue that drinking more water is generally a good place to start for fat loss.