Saturday 23 March 2019

Test shock: Fitness fan Leo (40) 'has metabolic age of 53'

Body blow: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar questioned the science behind the test on RTÉ’s ‘Operation Transformation’
Body blow: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar questioned the science behind the test on RTÉ’s ‘Operation Transformation’
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar may have recently turned 40, but his metabolic age shows he has the fitness levels of a 53-year-old.

The former health and sports minister was disappointed to hear his results on RTÉ's 'Operation Transformation' last night, after he underwent a test to determine his body's efficiency.

He even questioned the science behind the assessment.

"Surprised to hear that, kinda wondering about the science," he said immediately when told his result.

Mr Varadkar describes himself as a "fitness fan" and the body efficiency test result was in stark contrast to the running, cycling and swimming Taoiseach we know.

In 2017, one of Mr Varadkar's inner circle told reporters that he had gone from having a very unfit lifestyle to running marathons and triathlons.

"During his time in the Department of Health, he developed a big obsession with running home from the Dáil along the canal, through the Phoenix Park," the insider said.

"Before that time, he was on the politician's diet of ready-made meals and pints, but you don't lose the kind of weight he did eating out in the Dáil canteen."

If your metabolic age is lower than your actual age, it means your body is in good health.

However, if your metabolic age is higher than your actual age, it may mean you have health problems or may need to change your eating and exercising habits.

Irish Independent

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