“OUR BODIES’ REAL AGES SURPRISED US”
Four women undergo live blood screening and VLA Bioimpedance Analysis to find their cellular age. By
DEB ROACH AGE: 29 CELLULAR AGE: 24
“I was born without most of my left arm. I always wanted to be a personal trainer and in 2009 I achieved my dream.
“Last year I bought my first prosthesis and my first bike. I’m now training for the London Paralympic Games in 2012. I train every day, including spin classes, resistance training, yoga, Pilates and cycling.
“Breakfast is fruit with sheep’s milk yoghurt and sprouted grain toast with macadamia nut butter. Lunch is salad. I snack on carrots and hummus. I drink green tea and three litres of water a day. I eat fish twice a week. I have wine three days a month and dark chocolate once a week.
“I used to get depressed by how hard things were. Now I appreciate opportunities.”
Tester’s comment: “Deb’s health is great. As an athlete, she should take co-enzyme Q10 or lipoic acid to reduce inflammation.” NINA HARRISON
AGE: 48 + CELLULAR AGE: 43
“I’m an active person and am on the move all day, every day. I walk my kids to and from school and exercise with a personal trainer once a week.
“For breakfast I usually have two scrambled eggs and wholemeal toast. For lunch I have a cheese sandwich with fruit. Dinner will be something like chicken, fish or red meat with vegetables. Every day I drink one litre of water, a couple of cups of tea, a double short black and a glass of wine. I also take an iron supplement.
“I feel healthy. I’m always tired but I think that’s more emotional exhaustion than physical. I’m always worrying about my kids.”
Tester’s comment: “Overall, Nina’s health is good. I recommend she does some weight-bearing and resistance workouts to build muscle.”
AGE: 32 + CELLULAR AGE: 29
“I’m studying to be a fitness trainer, so I take my exercise and food seriously.
“I eat five to six meals a day, with protein at every meal. Breakfast is two slices of wholegrain bread, eggs, spinach and cottage cheese. I then do weights or cardio and have a protein shake, fruit and yoghurt. Lunch is a slice of wholegrain bread and a tuna salad. I train in the afternoon or evening most days – Pilates, a swim or run – then have a protein shake. Dinner is steamed vegies, lean protein or fish. I have coffee most days – long blacks or espressos – green tea and up to four litres of water. Once a fortnight I have a glass of low-alcohol wine and dark chocolate.
“I feel fantastic. Like most women, I have body issues, but it’s a work in progress.”
Tester’s comment: “ Rebecca’s test suggests an electrolyte imbalance, which often happens when people train so much.”
LIZZY WOOD AGE: 29 CELLULAR AGE: 26
“I was quite stressed a year ago, so I have been building up my health since then. I also had salmonella poisoning a few years ago which left me quite ill. Now I feel good.
“I try to exercise five times a week, including two pump classes, one spin class, one cardio class and one swim. If I don’t exercise I put on weight.
“My boyfriend and I cook everything from scratch and try to avoid sugar. For breakfast I have two poached eggs on toast and a large coffee. For lunch I make a rocket, tuna, broccoli and lemon juice salad. For dinner we make a curry or lasagne with salad. I have two glasses of red wine four times a week, which is more than I would like. I also try to drink lots of water.”
Tester’s comment: “Lizzy has low iron levels and inflammation, possibly due to stress. But her general health is excellent.”
Height: 164cm Weight: 55kg Body fat: 13.28kg Muscle mass:
21.41kg + Height: 168cm + Weight: 52kg + Body fat: 10.41kg + Muscle mass:
21.05kg + Height: 170cm + Weight: 75kg + Body fat: 23.04kg + Muscle mass:
+ Height: 177cm + Weight: 59kg + Body fat: 12.75kg + Muscle mass: