One overlooked component when dieting or training for fat loss is our neat level. Neat is non exercise activity thermogenesis, this refers to the things we do that aren’t necessarily intentional exercise. For example me writing this article by tapping away, raking the leaves off the garden, walking up stairs, sleeping or just generally being stood up are all neat activities.
When we diet we put so much focus into our exercise regimes and nutritional plans but we maybe slowing down our neat level without realising it.
There is nothing like a good old calorie deficit and hard training regime to force you into lying on the sofa with your feet up, but if you have gone from being typically active in neat activities to suddenly enjoying more sofa time you maybe missing out the extra kcal burn and contradicting your hard work.
Let me try play it out for you. If you were doing no exercise per day but burning 2000kcal through neat activities and eating 1800kcal per day you ARE going to drop fat because of your calorie deficit.
On the other hand, if you do one hard exercise session per day that burns 400kcal and your next exercise is burning you 1400 per day now because you are feeling less inclined to do your usual movement bits then that 1800 burnt vs the 1800 consumed means you will maintain weight.
These number aren’t applicable to anyone in particular but hopefully give you an understanding of why getting up and sticking the kettle on or heading up stairs a few times a day rather than taking the lift have a vital role in our fat loss.
Become a movement warrior, keep smaller movements high, train well and stay in your deficit and you will be unstoppable in reaching you goals!