Hint.... Its pretty NEAT!
It is common knowledge that we need to burn calories to lose weight, right?
But you haven't been told the whole truth about exercise!
If you are primarily sedentary during the day, the 1 hour at the gym in the evening doesn't make up for all of the inactivity the rest of the day. Exercise only contributes 5% to your bodys process of burning calories ( your metabolism).
But...there is something that contributes 3 x that amount. 15% of your metabolism comes from something called NEAT, Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.
NEAT is all of the movement the human body does during the day that is NOT exercise.
Movement and exercise are not the same thing. While yes, exercise is a form of movement. Movement is so much more than exercise. The amount of movement you do in a day contributes to your overall daily energy expenditure (how many calories your body burns per day). Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis can play a significant roll in maximizing the amount of calories burned in a day.
Remaining sedentary for long periods of time each day can effect your ability to convert fat into energy. Lipoprotein Lipase (LPL) is an important enzyme that plays a critical roll in converting fat into energy. Sitting for long periods of time can reduce your bodys levels of LPL. However, incorporating more NEAT movement into your day will help sustain levels of LPL so your body can improve its ability to burn fat.
The NEAT things you are doing, and don't even realize it.
Anytime you perform some sort of physical exertion is NEAT. Standing up from your chair, walking to the mailbox, walking up the stairs, running for the bus, doing your grocery shopping, cleaning your house, watering the plants, fidgeting, are all examples of movements that contribute to your overall daily energy expenditure.
You may have heard the recommendation of getting 10,000 steps in each day. While this is not an official recommendation from the Center of Disease Control & Prevention, they do recommend 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, which includes walking. Getting more movement than you did the day before is a good starting point. It may be unrealistic for most people to get 10,000 steps in per day, but you will experience the benefits of NEAT even by walking an extra 1,000 steps, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Every little bit counts.
Adapt this NEAT motto, Move more, sit less.
So if you think you are doing "everything" right and your still not losing weight, but you are primarily sedentary during the day, you aren't doing everything right.
Make it a conscious part of your dark to move more and sit less. Park towards the back of the parking lot, take a 10 minute walk around the neighborhood, fidget while you are stuck in traffic. Carry the basket at the grocery store instead of pushing the cart, get up from your desk several times of day. Instead of just sitting to relax, try a relaxing form of movement like yoga, or stretching.
Bring more NEAT into your life, and you will burn more calories!
I would love to hear about the ways you incorporate NEAT into your life, let me know in the comments below.
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The information in this presentation is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Milan Lekay, themetabolismnutritioncoach.com 2019