Losing weight is all about creating a calorie deficit, and we all know we need to exercise and eat well. What is often overlooked is the other daily activities we do like gardening and shopping, this is known as NEAT (Non-exercise activity thermogenesis)

A simple way to increase your weight loss is to move more. NEAT is the energy used during activity outside the gym such as, gardening, walking and fidgeting which all contribute towards calorie output .

The majority of us lead sedentary lives sat at a desk or driving all day. People think that 45-60 minutes in the gym is enough, but what about the other 23 hours?

Looking at ways to integrate more movement into your busy life, can have a big impact in the long term. For example, if you increased your steps by 5000 each days by making a few small changes to your daily routine, that’s 35,000 extra steps a week, that could be the difference between losing weight or not. Let’s say with increased NEAT activity, you burn a extra 100 calories a day, that’s 700 calories extra a week you are expending, helping to create a bigger deficit on top of the calories expended from the gym and reduced calories from dieting.

Ways to increase NEAT

Walking
Take the stairs
Gardening
Playing with the kids
Walking the Dog
Cleaning
Shopping.

How to track NEAT

-Smart watch
-Fitness band
-Pedometer
-Smart phones

Start increasing your NEAT, alongside the a sustainable nutrition plan and going to the gym, and watch the number on the scales come down 😃

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