One of the most under-utilized strategies for weight loss is increasing your non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT).
NEAT = the energy we expend for everything we do that does not include eating, sleeping or exercise.
So, things like standing. Fidgeting. Walking around your house. Everyday chores.
These are things you can do WITHOUT finding more time to exercise that will improve your ability to lose weight (and keep it off).
Here’s an example….
(This will vary by your weight, this example is based on 150 lbs)
You’re sitting at your desk working for an hour, burning 1.7 kcal/minute for a total of 102 kcal. Now if you’d work standing for that hour you’d bump your calorie burn to 174 kcal/hour.
Think about this over time. If you stood for an hour 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year, that’s an extra 18,000 calories burned, which equates to about 5.25 lbs lost in a year. Just from standing an hour a day.🙌🏼;
To burn that 18,000 calories with running, you’d have to find time for 60 30-minute runs at 5mph😝
Here’s a few ways to increase your NEAT:
👉🏼Stand instead of sit at work for short periods of time
👉🏼Park at the back of the parking lot rather than the closest spot you can find
👉🏼Wash your car by hand
👉🏼Wash your floor by hand
👉🏼Walk briskly when you are in stores
👉🏼Take the long way to the bathroom or water cooler at work
👉🏼Walk to a co-worker’s desk instead of emailing or calling them
👉🏼Pace while talking on the phone
👉🏼Pace the sidelines at your kids’ games or practices
Consider some simple ways that you can increase your NEAT. Not only might you lose fat but you might gain health and like my dad always says, a body in motion stays in motion.
**Remember that there is more to weight loss and health than calories in, calories out but increasing your movement in simple ways is always a win. Nutrition, sleep, stress management and hormones also play into weight loss. If you need help working on any of these pieces of the puzzle, reach out via my Apply page to talk more about what you need to reach your goals.♥️