Body Fat “BF”, Body Water “BW”, Body Mass Index “BMI”, Bone “Bone” on a scale. What does Body Water mean!?

Today is P2D3 on my Xtreme Skinny Drops and I’ve been attempting to get this number that’s stuck to my body fat scale down into the a “healthy” range for my age. According to Built Lean I need to get down into the 21%. So here I am at 28.5% and I’m working on that this round of drops. 

I noticed this morning when I put my comparison pictures together that there was a number that was going up and I wasn’t quite sure what the heck it was. “BW”? BW stands for Body Water on a Weight Watchers Scale. But why is my body water going up when my weight is going down? See Below for my 3 Day progress on the Xtreme Skinny Drops

As you can see starting from the bottom and going up, my Body Water is going up up up. 51%, 51.7%, and 52%. Now the person that I am with my way of thinking– i want my water weight to go down, not up!! Is this what this means? NO. It doesn’t mean that. Let me explain. 

Body water is an important measure when it comes to a healthy body. The human body needs water to function the right way. Finding the perfect balance in your body water is key. Your water intake should compensate the loss of body water. A human body can lose body water through the skin, via sweat, urine and by breathing. If the balance is right, you will feel at your best!

What is body water?

Body water is the total amount of fluid in a human body. The human body should consist of at least 50% of water. The exact percentage varies based on a number of factors (e.g. age and gender). Body water is the primary building block for cells. It helps to regulate the internal body temperature, strengthens your muscles and moisturizes your skin. These are just a few examples why body water and drinking water is so important.

What is the ideal body water percentage?

The ideal body water percentage varies. It is influenced by different factors. Gender, age and body composition affect this percentage. In general, women have a lower body water percentage than men. This is because women have more tissue than men. The ideal percentage for adult women will fluctuate between 45 and 60%, while the ideal percentage for adult men will be between 50 and 65% of the total body. For the real athletic body types it is even recommended to have 5% more body water than the average adult range.

Consequences of not drinking enough water

Everybody knows that drinking water is important. But few people know why this is important. Not drinking water can cause physical problems. What are the consequences of not drinking enough water?

Mental issues


Skin problems

Airway issues and allergies

High cholesterol

High blood pressure

Decreased physical performance

Weight gain


In order to prevent these problems, it is recommended to monitor your body water level. Especially when you want to lose weight! 

How can you increase your body water percentage?

There are many ways to increase your body water percentage. It starts with drinking at least 2 litres of water per day. Most important: never wait until you are thirsty. Furthermore, it is recommended to start your day with a glass of water. This will clean the body from waste and toxins. Another way to increase your body water percentage is to eat raw fruits and vegetables. They are dense in water. This is a good alternative for drinking water all the time. Keep this in mind: drink water and other fluids until you urinate frequently and with light color. 

Keep This In Mind When That Number Starts To Freak You Out:

This is actually fairly normal for someone who is losing weight. Fat holds little to no water in the body, and muscle holds a certain amount of fluids. As you lose weight, your water % will increase over time since you are losing the fat which holds none of it. 



Toni Sweeney is a Triple Certified Ketogenic Diet and Primal Health Coach and weight loss expert who personally lost 80 pounds while making a total lifestyle change. The founder of TS Transformations, her formulas and plans has helped thousands of women lose weight and keep it off forever.

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