What does the alarm clock, cell phone, microwave, internet, remote control, elevator, escalator, and the electric toothbrush all have in common? These are just a handful of the things that are robbing you of prime opportunities to lose weight, via non exercise activity thermogenosis or NEAT.
Most people today have sedentary lifestyles and jobs. They roll out of bed, take a shower/get dressed, walk a short distance to the car or subway, sit on the train/in the car, take the elevator up to the office, sit for most of the day at work where they correspond to everyone via e-mail, take a few more steps to grab some food and get back to the subway/car, and then spend the remainder of the day sitting in front of the computer or television.
If you work out for an hour that day it hardly accounts for the additional calories you could have burned had you been more active during your daily routine. If you follow the 20 minute HIIT workout plans you’re even worse off because that after burn effect really is not as much as those people assume it to be and you probably didn’t get to burning fat as high intensity exercise draws on glycogen, if you aren’t eating a low carb diet.
According to James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, you can burn an additional 100-150 calories per hour by incorporating NEAT into your life. Neat can account for as much as 50% of the energy expenditure of an active individual and studies show that fat gain and loss are HIGHLY related to NEAT.