One of the most overlooked ways to affect fat loss is Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. NEAT is the energy we expend throughout the day outside of exercise, eating or sleeping. It’s everything we do from showering, walking, gardening to fidgeting. The smallest physical activities add up and can substantially affect your metabolic rate and how efficiently your body burns calories and fat. For most people, NEAT accounts for about 30% of physical activity calories spent daily, but NEAT can run as low 15% in sedentary individuals and as high as 50% in highly active individuals.
Anyone who frequently moves their body, no matter how simply, will burn more calories and keep their metabolism burning more efficiently than someone who works out three times a week but remains sedentary the rest of the time.
Imagine the fat loss capability if you combine working out and staying active!
Here are some simple ways of being more active and adding to your NEAT numbers:
- Stairs over elevator.
- Stand instead of sit.
- Get out of your chair, move, stretch at least once an hour, home or at work.
- Clean your own house.
- Do yard work with a rake instead of a blower.
- Walk to neighborhood markets.
- Play with your kids more.
- Watch less TV and do something physical.
- When you watch TV, stand, stretch or use a treadmill or stationary bike.