More than half of your body weight is water. Water is essential to our survival. Your body’s percentage of water is also a measure of your health. In general, men should aim for a total body water percentage between 50% and 65 %, while the ideal range for women is between 45 and 60 percent.
Different tissues in your body contain different amounts of water. For example, body fat contains approximately 10 % water, while muscle is approximately 75 % water.
The more muscle you have the better hydrated you are.
Most people do not think hydration has to do with lean muscle but it is made up of 75% water. Therefore, the more you train your muscles and stay hydrated, the fitter you are.
You can lower your body fat percentage by increasing your body’s percentage of water. The higher your water % the lower your fat %. You can do this by drinking at least ½ of your body weight in ounces of water per day and by eating fruits and vegetables loaded with water along with a strength training routine to increase lean muscle mass.
Here are a few fruits and veggies with the highest amount of water:
96% iceberg lettuce, cucumber
95% celery, zucchini
93% green cabbbage
92% cauliflower, eggplant, spinach, watermelon & strawberries
91% broccoli, grapefruit
85-87% raspberries, pineapple, plums, peaches, oranges, cranberries, apricots and blueberries
81-84% apples, cherries, grapes and pears
This is not new information about staying hydrated and knowing that consuming fruits and vegetables are healthy, but it is another way of looking at the way your body works. Therefore, the next time you wish you had a lower body fat percent, focus on healthy hydration as a way to obtain your goal.