Why You Aren’t Losing Weight Part 2, ‘You Are Not NEAT’
Losing weight is pretty simple in theory; move more and eat less. In Part 1 (Link) we talked about tracking your calories. What if the weight isn’t moving as much as you expect?
One of the reasons could be that you have low levels of NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis). This is activity like twitching, fidgeting, standing up out of a chair, walking around the house, office, etc.
If you work in an office and sit down quite a bit, then you are not going to burn as many calories as somebody who works on a building site. Seems obvious, right?
But you would be amazed at how many people still ask: “Why am I not losing weight?”, “I’m eating less than I usually eat”. Again, it comes down to eating less than what the body needs to fuel itself for the activity it is doing (or not doing). If you are sitting down all day, then it is going to be extremely difficult to shift the weight.
The average daily step count humans do has been recorded at 4,961. Fairly bad, considering that the recommended number is 10,000 daily steps. So are we really surprised with the increased levels of obesity?
What can you do to increase your NEAT?
1) Track Your Steps
2) Increase Your Daily Steps Gradually until you reach 10,000 steps
3) Consistently Hit 10,000 Steps
4) Park Your Car Away from entrance to work/shops
5) Take Stairs when you can
6) Get Up Off Your Chair Every 20-30min
7) Get a Standing Desk
There you go.
You will be amazed at the difference this will make in your weight loss goal and body composition.
Not only will you feel better, but your back will thank you too.