NEAT tricks for easy weight loss
The industry will lead you to believe losing weight is a science that no one can master, but the simple truth is this: if you burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight.
Although there are guidelines about how many calories an average man or woman should consume daily, these are very rough and do not take into consideration your metabolism, or whether you have an active or sedentary lifestyle.
Adjusting your calorie intake and increasing your activity are the two key factors in losing weight. By changing your diet and exercising you can burn fat, but there is another NEAT trick which can help.
NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, and basically relates to the calories you burn during everyday life that are not associated specifically with exercise.
Whether it’s making a cup of tea or walking to the toilet, every activity has a NEAT value. The trick is to find simple ways to increase your daily NEAT value by making minor changes. They don’t need to affect your daily life in any way, but can add up to additional weight loss. For example sitting down burns 79 calories per hour, whereas standing burns 89 calories per hour. So, if you travel to work on the underground for half an hour each day, by standing instead you will burn an extra 10 calories. Not a massive number, but if you make some of the following changes, you could burn a few hundred extra calories burnt each day:
• Don’t take the lift, take the stairs
• Park further away from the office or supermarket
• Carry your shopping instead of using a small trolley
• Stand up whenever you can even if you have a desk job, and perhaps you could take phone calls standing up
• Walk or cycle when you can instead of using the car
• Pick up the pace whenever you are walking