There has been a lot of research on activity and its benefit to weight loss.
A Horizon television programme with Michael Mosley “The truth about exercise” investigated various types of exercise within assorted groups of people and the outcome of his research is that being generally more active is more beneficial to everyone than a one hour slot spent at the gym.

Ongoing research at Nottingham University is all about N.E.A.T or Non exercise activity thermogenesis and this was also mentioned in a Channel 4 programme ‘Don’t diet Lose weight’ – If you would like to know more about this subject and the many other approaches that were discussed just ‘Google’ it.

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Basically if we spend most of the day in bed get up and go to the gym for a 1 hour class, which will of course burn calories, and then come home and watch TV whilst lying on the settee would you say that we can then eat everything that moved because we’d been to the gym? And the answer has to be no as that isn’t active enough to be healthy.

It would be more beneficial to your health and your weight loss if your whole day was spent being more active.

Standing, walking and actually fidgeting is part of being more active and this also includes many of the everyday household tasks such as cleaning, hoovering etc, which is why it’s useful to have an activity monitor or app that is always on.

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This type of activity (NEAT) can apply to all of us in any circumstance regardless of your mobility and all helps to raise your metabolic rate which will enhance your weight loss and overall is much more beneficial than 1 hour spent at the gym a week.

We all understand the importance of writing down the food we are eating, and when we do record our food intake we get a better result, well the same applies to activity we need to monitor it.

We grossly underestimate the amount of time we need to be active for to burn calories. If you cycle steadily for an hour you’ll burn 500 calories. That’s a muffin. You’d have to cycle from Nottingham to Leeds – 78 miles – to burn a pound of fat, and one experiment in the US showed that even thinking about exercise triggers the hormonal response that makes you want to eat.

“That can be the problem with gyms. You get in the car. You park. You walk briskly on the treadmill for 30 minutes (200 calories). You shower and have a congratulatory muffin. It’s taken two hours. You’ve burnt 200 calories and consumed 500. It doesn’t compute.”

Most people notice that when they first get an activity monitor/app that it trundles along monitoring what you do and then if you have been active enough it tells you that you have reached a healthy level and you then need to carry on being active if it’s stored calories you want to burn.

Interestingly, in a study people who considered themselves to be extremely active who then wore a monitor, did nowhere near as much as they thought, whilst the opposite was true!

If you know how much you are doing each day, then it’s easy to add a few more steps – but if you have no idea, how will you know where to start?

Being more active should be an important part in becoming a happier, healthier you as it increases your self esteem, releases the ‘feel good’ endorphins and also can significantly alter your shape. What better reasons can we have!!

If you want to shed a wobbly belly,

Don’t just sit and watch the telly,

Get your bum out of the seat

And work on a figure

That’s really N.E.A.T


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