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Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis – It’s really NEAT!VU VUMC
Did you know that little changes to your routine can burn help you burn more calories?
Many overweight people in the USA have “sitting disease” and would lose weight if they did more walking, standing and moving around during the day, says endocrinologist James Levine of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Levine is talking about increasing your NEAT, or “non-exercise activity thermogenesis,” which accounts for much of your movement and calorie expenditure throughout the day.
These are activities such as:
- walking to lunch
- pacing while on the phone
- cleaning the house
- climbing stairs
- standing while you talk to a friend
- folding laundry
According to Dr. Levine “…the energy expenditure of all physical activities other than volitional sporting-like exercise. NEAT includes all those activities that render us vibrant, unique and independent beings such as dancing, going to work or school, shoveling snow, playing the guitar, swimming or walking in the modern Mall.”
Dr. Levine’s work has shown that NEAT burns an average of 330 calories per day in healthy individuals (and up to nearly 700 calories/day in some people!), and that obese individuals perform drastically less NEAT than their lean counterparts.
Levine has also made convincing arguments that NEAT could burn up to 1000 calories per day when properly incorporated throughout the work day. These results suggest that NEAT can burn a tremendous amount of calories, which has obvious implications for weight maintenance and obesity prevention.
So, how can you reduce your time spent being sedentary and increase your NEAT levels? It’s not as hard as you may think!
|LITTLE CHANGES CAN ADD UP
Here are examples of how you can change your daily routine to burn more calories:
Source: Move a Little, Lose a Lot by James Levine and Selene Yeager
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