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The Secret Trick for Weight Loss

By Kevin Suttmoeller, MD

How exercise affects body weight is one of the most intriguing health issues for patients after surgery. Exercise burns calories, no doubt about that, but without significantly changing your diet, few succeed.

But, many people find it challenging to exercise. For some it is a matter of not having enough time in their busy schedule, while for others health concerns may exist. Evidence suggests that performing several short bouts of low intensity physical activity throughout the day may provide some health benefits. This type of physical activity is referred to as Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis or NEAT. Organized exercise programs should not be excluded, however. Adding NEAT to your daily routine can help you burn a few of those excess calories. The NEAT concept can be used to assist with weight loss and weight maintenance goals. By utilizing the NEAT principal you can burn up to 300 plus calories per day.

Here are examples of how to incorporate NEAT into your daily routine:

  • Take the stairs rather than elevators or escalators
  • Park as far from building entrances as possible
  • Engage in gardening or yard work
  • Decrease the time you spend in front of a television
  • Volunteer to walk dogs at a local humane society
  • Make a trip once a week to your local grocery store and tape your unused coupons on items for someone else to enjoy
  • Clean your home more frequently than you currently do
  • Tackle your garage
  • Tap your feet
  • Use a pedometer try to increase your step count each day from the previous day with an end measurable goal in mind (reach for 10,000)
  • Use active transportation such as walking or biking
  • Get a pet
  • Sit less and engage in hobbies or activities that require your active participation

Over time the ‘little’ things can really add up to losing some of those unwanted pounds. And remember, if you want to lose weight, you don’t have to go on a long run. Just get out of your chair for a while!