What is NEAT?
NEAT is an abbreviation for non-exercise activity thermogenesis. This term describes all the calories you burn every day without formal exercise. It includes everything from waking to taking the stairs to rocking your hips to a song on the radio. This movement burns calories, even though it does not feel like exercise.
How does NEAT benefit you?
If you are a fit person, NEAT allows you to use 50% of your daily calories. That is because muscle tissues burn more calories than fat cells. And individuals who train and exercise have more muscle cells. But for the average person, NEAT accounts for 15% of your fat loss.
This statistic does not mean you have to become chiseled with muscles. It does, however, mean you have to keep your body in motion more often. On the topic of metabolism and physical activity. A Mayo Clinic article says: "Any extra movement helps burn calories."
How can you apply NEAT to your life?
Though simple. Doing more physical activity requires active effort. Such as a last-minute decision to take the stairs or a power walk around your neighborhood.
According to Dr. Andrew Huberman, all forms of light physical activity counts. “People that nod a lot, people that stand up and sit down a lot throughout the day, and people that pace burn anywhere from 800 to 2500 calories more than the control group in the experiments that they looked at." In summary, you need to move more.
Dance and walking first come to your mind when you think of light activity. But as Dr. Andrew Huberman suggests, you can nod, pace, stand, rock a baby, do chores, and sit-stand often to get your blood flowing more.
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