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NEAT (non exercise activity thermogenesis) - 2000 cals a day difference!?

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loooopo Sun 17-Jan-16 11:27:18

Just read this and I am blown away really. Tho it would explain my skinny mates who each more than me and never go to the gym.....they stay slim but being busy-bees around the house after work (expends 600 cals) whilst I plop on the sofa (50 cals).

Quite refreshing as looks like you can change your energy output DRAMATICALLY even just by what you choose to do in the evening - and thas a lot of food/calories that you would not need to be restricting....

Anyone know anymore about this...?

scaevola Sun 17-Jan-16 11:56:52

The Mayo Clinic research in this is from a couple of decades ago. This is how The Guardian reported it at the time

I'm not aware if anyone else has really researched this. It certainly never caught on as a weight loss tactic, and isn't relevant to exercise for health.

Saymwa Sat 06-Feb-16 10:04:12

That's really interesting.
Thanks smile

Trills Sat 06-Feb-16 10:22:58

Isn't it amazing that newspaper articles from 17 years ago are available online? smile

JapanNextYear Sat 06-Feb-16 10:28:22

I know so many skinny people who don't work out at all but are massive fidgets. I come home and flop, they will be on the go till 9 or 10 at night!

loooopo Sat 06-Feb-16 10:29:18

Well I had a health check with my GP last week and they did a v thorough activity assessment which included Qs on time spent housework, standing, walking, gardening etc - so looks like NHS have integrated this thinking into their reviews.

CadiM Sat 06-Feb-16 12:25:21

Michael Mosley covered this in The Truth About Exercise (about 30mins in) and James Levine appears to be a passionate advocate for NEAT: he has lots of academic articles on-line.

loooopo Sat 06-Feb-16 18:20:37

Thx cadi for that link. Yes I first saw the term on Mosleys FAST website - so did some more research which led to finding the Mayo Clinic research.

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