I recently was lucky enough to go to an event where a PT at ultimate performance explained about the myths of dieting and also about the importance of NEAT. And to be truthful I had never heard of it/thought of it before.
We are all guilty of thinking that working out a few times a week means that we can forget about being active in any other way. The main thing that I am also guilty of is thinking that my healthy eating and gym trips during the week mean that I can eat/do whatever I want on the weekend and I will still lose weight. This was a shock to the system to realise that this was why my body was not changing no matter how low my calories intake was Monday to Friday or if I worked out 5 times in the week. The fact that I was eating my body weight in pizza over the weekend was counteracting this. That is one thing that I and many people need to address if they want to lose weight.
However, NEAT is a really good way of helping to add a little bit more to your daily routine to keep your calories burning throughout the day. I never realised that that 20-minute walk to work and back, the trips up and down the stairs each day and doing an active food shop can really make so much difference. I am one of the unlucky few who has a job that does require me to be at a desk for 8/9 hours a day, however, that doesn't mean that I have to be sedentary all of that time. There are many solutions to this problem, for example having a wireless headset which means you can walk around the office whilst on the phone, that is what I currently have but until this week I never realised that I could use it to burn some extra cals. Also instead of the 10-minute coffee break, take a 10-minute walk around the block, or walk somewhere to grab a coffee (Pret do 99p coffees so it won't break the bank). Take the stairs, not the lift, seems obvious, yes, but I am guilty of taking the lift up two flights of stairs.
This is just a very brief overview of the very very interesting information in this article. But it is worth a read if you are wondering why you are not losing weight even though you feel you are doing all of the right things.
You might think that going to the gym makes up for the 8-12 hours you spend sitting at your desk every day. You don’t have to take the stairs, or leave your house to pick up dinner rather than ordering in because you’ve already spent an hour on the treadmill. You probably don’t realise that the calories burned with the accumulation of all of those small activities would significantly outdo the calories you burned on the treadmill.