The notion of burning calories while inactive, may seem absurd to a lot of people, but the reality of it is that you can burn calories without hitting the gym, or the cardio machine, or attending any of those fad exercise classes. Maybe you’re too shy, too lazy, or whatever reason you have: good, bad, personal, private, health related or whatever, you still can do simple activities and burn a lot of calories effectively.
You can burn lots of calories very effectively without sweating like a melting piece of ice on a hot sunny day. Yes, a lot and effectively! Of course, it means ungluing yourself from your TV marathon, or whichever lazy mode that you are in. We all dream of a stagnant state during which we ingest some magical pill or go to a 30 min session and have all or most of the excess fat just carved out, just like shawarma is sliced, on sandwich stalls on the streets. Just imagine how beautiful that would be! Just take a moment to think about it and create that mental image of pure weight loss bliss. Now, please open your eyes and understand that it is just imagination… It’s another simple proverb, “nothing good comes easy.”
The beauty of a healthier lifestyle is in its simplicity and the norms we have abandoned from long valued traditions and habits. It’s the simple activities we did in our normal daily lives, I mean we as a species have existed for thousands of years, but not this lazy new age hyper intense, digital, home delivery, pre-packed, pre-cooked, pre-this, pre-that spoiled people. We want maids, servants, robots, and user friendly apps on our smartphones to do things for us with one or two strokes on the screen, otherwise it is not user friendly.
Rest easy, modern science has come with a new fancy terminology for the basic activities that we have always done to be useful and that can effectively help burn calories. You’re going to love this, the scientists call it N.E.A.T, which stands for Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. That really is a ‘neat’ term, quite fancy too, and above all very appealing in this day and age.
Let’s have a look at what scientists are saying at the US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health:
- “Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. It ranges from the energy expended walking to work, typing, performing yard work, undertaking agricultural tasks and fidgeting. Even trivial physical activities increase metabolic rate substantially and it is the cumulative impact of a multitude of exothermic actions that culminate in an individual’s daily NEAT.”
Alright, alright, just like we said, they have to take a simple thing and complicate it. They started out nice and easy, but then they just had to get fancy and technical on us. Well folks, like they said in the beginning, it’s any basic form of activity, even “fidgeting,” and funnily that’s how everything had always been for centuries and millennia, but we took modern science and technological break-throughs to get more and more lazy. If you recall article 1, the key to weight loss is not dieting, but a lifestyle change, to live life and enjoy every aspect of it. So please do not sit in front of your plasma screen and order a home delivery pizza, burgers, doughnuts, and all that other junk the American franchises have poisoned the world with.
Get up, and cook something. Find a recipe that you desire, but made of proper nutrients that are both fulfilling and satisfying to your pallet. Spend sometime in the kitchen and make your food, believe it or not 1 hour in the kitchen burns almost as much calories as one hour at the gym. Don’t have someone come in and do ALL the cleaning at your house, but at least tidy your own room, personal belongings, or even do part of your laundry, that too can burn around 200 calories an hour. Please don’t send someone to do your grocery shopping and most certainly don’t order it by phone or online. Get up and go do your own errands, walk there, walk around the shop, enjoy what you’re buying as much as you enjoy consuming it. It’s both an exercise and a chance to get your mind off of things, the daily routines, the problems, the issues, and the running around that you have to do all week. It is an absolute opportunity to destress and that also in turn helps you feel better, live better, and above all, will help you lose weight too; in addition to the movement.
The beauty of N.E.A.T is that the simplest and most natural form of things can, and always do, go a long way.