Why FaceApp is a waste of time. Focus on how you are ageing on the inside

Have you succumbed to FaceApp yet to see how you’re going to age?

I was tempted but then when I researched it, I read about the controversy over how much of your data the app has access to on your phone and what it can do with the photo of the older version of yourself. The other thing is that the facial recognition app is run by a Russian company so is there a darker side to all this? I decided not to risk my data.

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about cybersecurity, that’s not my area of expertise. I’m here to talk about our health and how to age better.

FaceApp may be able to artificially age you on the outside but do you know what age you are on the inside? How is your body ageing?

There isn’t an app for that, but there is a set of scales.

Quite a few scales nowadays have a body scan feature that,  as well as your weight, measure different metrics such as:

  • Body fat percentage
  • Muscle weight
  • Hydration
  • Basal metabolic rate (the minimum number of calories a day your body needs while resting)
  • Bone density
  • Visceral fat (the fat surrounding your organs)
  • And your metabolic age

When I do health consultations with either private or corporate clients, they are invariably transfixed by their metabolic age.

Are they older, younger or the same age as they are chronologically?

What is metabolic age?

Metabolic age is a gauge to how healthy you are. Your aim is to be at least the same age as you are chronologically or younger.

If your result comes out older, your physical health could be at risk, increasing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and some forms of cancer.

How is it measured?

Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis. What is that you may ask?

When you stand on the scales, you stand on metal plates which send a very mild electronic current through your body (it’s okay, you don’t feel it!) and work out what’s fat, water, bone and muscle. Together with the data already programmed into the scales – your age, height and gender – the current will calculate your metabolic age based on those metrics.

So, what do you do if your results come out older?

It can be a bit of a shock and a reality check when your metabolic age is older than your actual age but the great thing is that you can do something about it.

More than likely either or both your body fat percentage and visceral fat score will be out of the healthy range too.

Changing your diet to reduce fat and doing more exercise to increase muscle will do it.

I’ve had clients who were 15 years older than their actual age metabolically, they followed my advice on healthy eating and exercise and are now 15 years younger than their actual age.

Where can I get these scales?

In department stores and online.

Check reviews as to how accurate they are – my favourite brand is Tanita. I’ve got a professional set I use for work, but a cheaper version for home. Both are accurate.

How often should I use them?

Entirely up to you. Every day, once a week, every two weeks or every month.

To get the best results, use them at the same time of the day to get the most accurate results.

(By the way DO NOT use if you have a pacemaker – it might malfunction!)