6 Easy Ways to Burn the Most Calories Without Even Trying : Benefits of NEAT

The NEAT Way to Burn Calories, Without Even Trying

Mar 24, 2023Imtiaz Hami

NEAT is the secret to burning more calories without even trying. You'll also begin living a healthier and more active lifestyle, which is a bonus. You don't need to play any additional sports. Curious? Stick with us and find out our simple ways to use more energy in your everyday life.

The acronym NEAT stands for "Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis" when referring to metabolism. It’s a quick way of labelling the calories you burn by moving throughout the day when you’re not at the gym or otherwise exercising.

Pretty NEAT right?

Going to work, doing laundry, shopping, walking the dog, housework, and pretty much any other casual movements you carry out without a clear training objective all count towards your total NEAT non-exercise activity.

NEAT has a significant impact on overall energy balance and weight control. According to studies, people who engage in NEAT have a lower risk of obesity and related diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular ailments and burn more calories throughout the day.

Calculating NEAT's calorie expenditure using a formula is difficult. After all, your NEAT is influenced by how much you move each day. Your overall energy expenditure will also be influenced by factors like age, gender, fitness level, and general health. The percentage of total calories burned through NEAT varies between about 15% and 30% depending on your lifestyle. 

Good Nutrition at the same time, with a good percentage of calories coming from High protein foods can also help you reach your weight loss goal. Consuming meals and snacks rich in protein like Legumes, pulses, Nuts and seeds or food options like Prolicious thins, Oats chilla can help you burn calories! So win-win

With NEAT, each movement counts. whatever the size! getting off the train one stop earlier, fidgeting in your desk chair, or those ten minutes spent standing rather than sitting. They don't seem like much when considered separately. But over the course of the day, these methods for elevating NEAT add up to a significant total.

NEAT can be raised in various ways throughout the day, such as:

  1. Rather than using the elevator, use the stairs.
  2. Drive less and ride a bike.
  3. When you have a break at work, get up, stretch, or go for a quick stroll.
  4. Perform housekeeping tasks like cleaning, gardening, or dishwashing.
  5. Playing with kids or pets
  6. Walk as much as you can!!

Some key takeaways!!

  • Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis is referred to as NEAT.

  • Your NEAT improves as you move more throughout the day.

  • A lot of small changes combined make a significant difference.

  • Everyone has a different percentage of daily calories burned through NEAT, but on average it ranges between 15% and 30%.


About the Author:

Faheela Sarang

MSc. Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics

A food enthusiast by nature & food educator by profession. She is an advocate for Nutrition awareness.  

She strongly believes in making small sustainable changes in lives which go a long way in adopting an overall healthy lifestyle.

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