The diet and exercise industry don’t want you to understand this but I’m going to tell you, it’s called neat, or Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, it’s fat loss and fitness for people who don’t like diets and exercise.
Your body uses energy to live, which comes from the calories you eat. You need the energy to function even at rest, like sleeping, breathing and other involuntary body functions, it’s your BMR or Basal Metabolic Rate.
Digestion also requires energy, it’s called TEF or the thermic effect of food.
After that, it’s down to exercise or TEPA, the thermic effect of physical activity. Most people consider this to be a formal exercise. Gyms, classes, going for a run, taking part in organised sport, etc. BUT, not many people do them, and those that do can’t keep them going permanently forever. This brings us neatly back to NEAT.
A flashy name (as they always are) for the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating, or planned sports-like exercise. So basically everyday life. It’s the largest part of your day and the thing you do every day as well. Neat is the forgotten component in the modern sedentary world we all live in.
Neat for fat loss and fitness for people who don’t like diets and exercise in action
The difference in energy expenditure (calories used) is markedly different in a receptionist who sits all day and a waitress who is on her feet serving all day, even if both went home and watched TV all night. There’s a difference between choosing a car journey or bike, sitting or standing, shopping, and getting it delivered. There is also a difference between doing nothing in your spare leisure time and being active.
Approximately 22% of calories you can burn in a day comes from NEAT, a huge potential just waiting to happen.
You get the picture. I call it mindful or purposeful movement. The things you do every day anyway, but when done with focus and purpose, will have a dramatic effect on your energy output (calories used) throughout the day.
This is not rocket science here, but it is backed up by scientific research. In a nutshell, better and more lasting results in fitness levels and weight maintenance are achieved by being more active on a normal day than trying to diet and exercise in an expected way.