Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. It ranges from the energy expended walking to work, performing yard work, undertaking agricultural tasks and fidgeting. Even trivial physical activities increase metabolic rate substantially.
You probably don’t realise that the calories burned with the accumulation of all of those small activities would significantly outdo the calories you burned in the gym. However going to the gym has a whole other bag of benefits!
When trying to lose weight we tend to move as little as possible, other than when we’re exercising due to a decrease in what we are consuming/energy (calorie deficit). As a result, our fat loss slows down. If you want to keep up your progress, keep up your NEAT. Some easy ways to maintain/increase our NEAT when going into a calorie deficit are:
1. Take the stairs 2. Aim to hit 8-10 thousand steps a day 3. If you work in an office job break up your day... walk a few coffee shops down to get your morning coffee and go for a walk every hour.
Due to so much conflicting information surrounding health and fitness I often talk to people who are confused or find “all the aspects of losing weight too difficult”. A lot of the information you see about health and fitness are people trying to promote themselves who confuse people to make clients think the process is super difficult which inevitably attracts mire clients as the trainer claims they have “the secret pill/ the secret formula”. It can sometimes be difficult to stay on track and I think that’s where a personal trainer can really help. A good PT will educate you instead of confuse you.
💥A CALORIE DEFICIT, INCREASED NEAT AND REGULAR EXE
They are the three key ingredients to weight loss. Staying consistent and sticking to your goals is also a non negotiable. Weight loss takes time, it doesn’t happen over night. Lower your expectations and trust the process. It will be worth it!