You can loose weight even without training!
There is no doubt about it. No matter how dedicated you are to following a clean diet, training hard, and maximizing your weight loss, there are times when you could really use a break. Well happily I have some very NEAT news for you. It turns out that some things that sound too good to be true really may be true after all.
NEAT stands for non-exercise activity thermogenesis.
“Thermogenesis” is the burning of energy, in this case calories. “Non-exercise activity” is the too good to be true part. It is activity that burns up calories (and therefore fat), but DOES NOT feel like exercise. NEAT activities are all those day to day things that require us to be active but which we don’t really notice or consider as “training” or “exercise”.
Did you know that the majority of people in this world (outside rich first world countries like the US, UK and Australia) maintain a healthy weight with less than an hour of exercise a day? This is because their lives are so NEAT.
In fact, ANYWHERE in the world, one of the big differences between slim people and obese people is the 2,000 calories per day the slim people expend going about their regular, but fun and active routine.
Sitting at a desk all day at work or sitting in front of a television in the evening burns approximately 30 calories per hour. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, a person who stands up to work, for example a cashier in a supermarket or a homemaker burns more like 1,400 calories per hour. Energetic hobbies such as gardening or DIY (for example home repairs) burn about 600 calories per hour.
Have you ever noticed how some very slim people seem to fiddle about a lot to the point where they seem fidgety or a bit “twitchy”? That is because simple things like toe-tapping or drumming your fingers – even plying with your hair – can add up to a burn of 350 calories a day, or over 35 lbs a year!
Are you ready to start today?
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