Did you know there’s a super simple method of burning loads of body fat without having to do more and more workouts or constantly reducing calories so you feel starving hungry, miserable and restricted?
Non exercise thermogenesis (N.E.A.T) is probably one of the most misunderstood and forgotten ways to melt body fat off your body and as you can see from the diagram here it will burn more calories day to day than your workouts ever will.
TOTAL DAILY CALORIE EXPENDITURE
BMR – Basal Metabolic Rate
This represents the calories you burn at complete rest. This energy expenditure is used to keep you alive, keep your internal systems working, blood pumping, brain functioning etc. As you can see this makes up most of your daily energy requirements.
TEF – Thermic effect of food
The calories you burn to digest the food you consume. Think about when you heat up after eating a large meal. That’s your body burning calories to aid digestion. This is also a prime reason why I prefer solid foods over juice diets for long term fat loss.
EAT – Exercise Activity Thermogenesis
The calories you burn from a workout, you can see this actually makes up the least amount of daily calorie expenditure.
NEAT – Non Exercise Thermogenesis
The calories you burn day to day by simply moving around, whether it be fidgeting in your chair or walking around.
As you can see from the diagram increasing your NEAT will lead to way more calories burnt than your workouts, so get moving!
50 WAYS TO INCREASE NEAT
- Set a step goal and do whatever it takes daily to hit it (like I do with my clients)
- Make a morning walk a habit, the first thing you do when you get out of bed
- Have a trek day – one day per week or month when you know you will do an extra long walk.
- Do garden work: rake leaves, mow the lawn, dig the dirt
- Take the long way or scenic route. Everywhere
- Avoid escalators, take the stairs instead
- Avoid taking the lift take the stairs
- Play with your kids. Tag. Hopscotch.
- Take the family on a ramble, doesn’t need to be far. A mini adventure to your local park would do
- Do all your phone calls whilst walking
- Walk your child to school instead of driving (or at least part of the way)
- Have a standing desk – get rid of your desk chair for a few hours and angle your monitor up
- Have a water glass on your desk or near you, every time you empty it you have to get up to refill
- Do house work, vacuum or clean your bathrooms.
- March in place while brushing your teeth (go ahead and shut the door first if you’d like).
- Make it a nightly habit to go for an after-dinner stroll with the family.
- Take a daily afternoon “brainstorming” walk.
- Set hourly walking reminders on your phone or computer.
- Get competitive: challenge a co-worker or friend to see who can complete more steps in a week. The winner buys the other a healthy lunch!
- Get off the bus or train a stop early and walk the rest of the way home
- Hide the remote so you have to actually get up to change the channel. Better yet, turn off the TV.
- Have music on in the house when working or cooking and have a little dance around
- Set the alarm on your computer to go off every hour or two, then take a quick tour around the floor (or even just a trip up and down the hall) when it does.
- Have a walking meeting with co-workers.
- If you only need a few items, walk to the shops instead of driving.
- Run errands during your lunch break instead of sitting at your desk.
- Go window shopping or people-watching at the mall
- Use the toilet one floor up (or down)… not one that’s right down the hall
- Walk to a co-worker’s desk instead of emailing them
- Explore the supermarket and aisles. Take an extra lap around the perimeter (usually where the healthier foods are located!) before checking out.
- Take a walk to get lunch, or after lunch (rather than eating at your desk). It’s good for your digestion
- Do your workout first thing in the morning so you don’t skip it later in the day when your willpower is weaker. Plus, seeing those initial steps early in the morning will motivate you the rest of the day.
- Leave the stilettos in the closet and charm your hubby (or boyfriend) into taking a moonlit walk after dinner at your favourite restaurant.
- Walk a lap around the supermarket before you start shopping.
- Walk the shopping trolley back to the front of the shop after grocery shopping, rather than to the trolley park near your car
- Meet friends for a walk (rather than for coffee or drinks)
- Skip the drive-thru at the bank, pharmacy or restaurant and walk inside instead.
- Take an online dance class or do a dance video
- Have a dance party with your kids.
- Walk around the block while your kid is doing a lesson of home schooling
- Going to the postbox? Do a lap of your bloack first or take the long way round
- Adopt a dog. A furry friend will give you incentive to get outside and walk each day.
- Put your phone on the other side of the room when you’re working so you have to get up and walk when it goes off.
- Spend time actively tidying your house when you get home from work in the evening
- Shopping weekend – plan a few laps of the shopping centre window shopping before you go into a shop
- Join a charity walk
- Spend 5-10 minutes on the treadmill before or after a workout
- Buy a kite and fly it at a local park
- Visit a national park or area of outstanding beauty
- Go for a very short walk or pace between sets when working out
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