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Are you burning calories with NEAT

NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.

NEAT is basically any movement that you’re doing, other than conscious exercise.  If you’re moving to burn calories or get stronger, that doesn’t count (for NEAT).

The “Non-Exercise” part is key.  When you take the stairs instead of the elevator, walking around while on the phone, or even fidgeting, is all NEAT.

You can burn up to 300 extra calories per day just by moving a bit more.  That will account for a loss of about 30 pounds at the end of the year.  If you’re exercising and lose 1 pound a week and also start taking the stairs, moving more during the day and standing more, you could lose up to 80 pounds in a year.  (That is, if you have that much to lose).   NEAT - Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis

What I’m getting at here is, if you only have 10, 20 or even 30 pounds to lose … this time next year, you could be there.

Change to a healthy lifestyle and for the rest of your life, you’ll be at the weight you want.  I know I’m making this sound easy, but think for a minute at the numbers.  Don’t focus on how long it takes.  If it took you 10 years to gain those 20 extra pounds, do you think you can safely lose it in one month?  It WILL come back and your metabolism will get messed up in the process.

Go get a pedometer or some other fancy measuring device.  Use it and try to reach a goal every day.  You might not get to a 10,000 step day at first, or even never, but see what your average number is for three days, then add 500 steps for a first goal.  If you don’t get to your daily goal by the end of dinner, go for a walk.  Walking after dinner will help with the absorption of your dinner anyway.  That’ll be a topic for another day.

If you are going to the gym and use those lying cardio machines, don’t believe what you read on the calorie total.  Unless you’re a 150 pound male, they are wrong.  Use it as a guideline, not a definite result of your workout.  If it says 200 calories, try for 250 in the same time frame next workout.

Do some resistance training to increase your muscle tone.  Every bit of extra muscle you have burns up to three times more calories than fat cells do.  (Yes, fat burns calories… 3 per minute).  Plus, it’ll make you look better too.  You’ll burn calories while exercising, during recovery and with this new muscle, you’ll burn more calories in general.

So, get moving and burn those extra calories.  There has been so much technology helping us to not have to move, that its making us not able to move.  Get up and move so you can move later in life.