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Burn Calories: The NEAT Way

Burn Calories: The NEAT Way


N.E.A.T- Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis is the system of burning calories (and hence helps weight loss) through daily activities performed in intervals or continuously during the day. Surprised? Read more to know what the experts say…

“Be active naturally” – Dr James Levine’s wisdom on N.E.A.T is an eye opener for people who are either reluctant or unsure of making major lifestyle interventions. Let us take a simple example of the average working professional (who also exercises). An 8-hour work schedule is long enough, but if he/she is walking around a huge office with 5 floors (and no elevator), talks to a lot of people and fidgets a lot at his/her desk (being glued to the desk is a no-no), that’s N.E.A.T(er) than just a 30-minute morning run and 8 hours of screen time.

The exact mechanism underlying N.E.A.T is still under investigation. However, the final outcome and impact on weight management and wellness is sufficiently established – enough reason for all of us to start engaging in such routines for everlasting fitness.

Another interesting observation (confirmed by clinical studies) is that N.E.A.T levels differ one day to the next within an individual, and between individuals too. Bottom line- you are better off spending energy throughout the day (in little or big blocks) instead of a sedentary lifestyle. Like a car and its fuel, your body’s N.E.A.T level has a deep relationship with your mechanical efficiency (so to speak).


  • Economical. It’s free, amigos.
  • Reduced mental fatigue.
  • Improved energy levels for post-work/family activities.
  • Reduces risk for obesity and lifestyle syndromes.
  • Great maintenance for fitness freaks who are in between formal exercise programs.
  • Flexibility with daily regimen- you are now allowed to skip that early morning/post dinner workout (occasionally, mind).
  • Medical conditions like a poor back (which might prevent high intensity training) need not be a road-blocker to your fitness resolutions.
  • It is one of the hottest trends right now. Once you start doing it, others will do it, too.


  • Not a stand-alone weight-loss solution/replacement for training routine(s).
  • Might not work for people forced to stand/sit all day (occupational constraint)

There are plenty of N.E.A.T ways to stay fit.  Don’t just walk and talk (over the phone).

Instead… mow, garden, clean, dust, teach, lift (weights/children), cook, dance (in the shower), shop (for 3 hours), scoot up the staircase (2 stairs at a time if you can), organize (cupboards and drawers), watch TV while on a swiss ball…..the list is endless.

Improved fitness enhances one’s happiness quotient. This can be achieved (along with other healthy habits) by filling up our N.E.A.T tanks. What are we waiting for? Let’s get moving!

Article Contributed by -Mapmygenome

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