week, we sent television presenter Toyah Willcox for a total body check-up.
find out if celebs benefit from their glam lifestyles, we test their bodies
using a health assessment by Re-Aqua. It evaluates blood pressure, cholesterol,
risk of diabetes and weight - looking at body fat percentages. We sent
Toyah to try it out.
you have a food or drink vice?
have a very sweet tooth, so I treat myself to one Kinder Bueno a day. I
don't drink at all."
would you change about your body?
like to minimise my curves. I think I'm fit for my age but, as I'm getting
older, my body's changing shape. However much I exercise, I don't think
I look athletic because I'm busty."
work out every day. I do two hours' fast walking on the running machine,
weights and cycling. And I plan on taking up yoga soon."
you take any supplements?
many. I take hemp and flaxseed oil, cod liver oil, vitamin E, Cool Oil
by the Groovy Food Company (for omega oils) and acidophilus every day.
I haven't had a cold since I added zinc, and I also take Glucosamine, which
is good for joints."
PRESSURE: Toyah's diastolic blood pressure - the minimum pressure between
beats when the heart relaxes - is a healthy 78. It should be between 70
and 90, so this is spot-on.
"My blood pressure has always been on the lower side so I'm not suprised
by this result. In fact, I'm really pleased with it."
Toyah's body fat is slightly high at 29.8 per cent. It should be between
22 and 28 per cent. But it's nothing to worry about.
"I work out for two hours every day and thought I'd have too much muscle
and not enough fat, so I'm pleased about this. I'm not worried about losing
Toyah's blood-sugar level is very low. Her glucose level is 1.2 (it
should be less than seven) so, at the moment, she has no risk of developing
"This result is great. I'm very surprised as everything these days contains
sugar - even bran flakes."
Toyah's total cholesterol is 4.2, which is fine as it should be less
than five. Her level of "good" cholesterol is only 0.61 though - it should
be over one. Toyah should take 1,000mg of vitmain C a day to boost this
"It looks like I'll have to add vitamin C to my supplement list."
VERDICT: Celebrity fitness trainer Nicki Waterman says: "Toyah is fit
and healthy, but I'd expect her body fat to be lower. I advise her to invest
in a heart-rate monitor so she can check the intensity of her workout.
They're available from sports shops, or log on to www.heartratemonitor.co.uk.
When walking and cycling, Toyah should head outdoors. A hilly route will
help burn calories and give her heart and lungs a better workout. She should
pick a few different routes to avoid boredom."
Body MOT was performed by Kerry Edge from Re-Aqua. Prices for a Health
Risk Assessment range from £10 to £75. For your nearest Salon
Spa, visit www.re-aqua.co.uk or call 0870 403 0002.
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- 15th July 2005