What is NEAT? - Coach Mikki

How many times have you or someone you know, when discussing diet, weight loss, complained about a slow metabolism? The phrase “I can just look at food and gain weight!”.
Yes, many people do have endocrine (secretion) problems that make weight loss harder. But, the vast majority of people who complain about their slow metabolisms don’t have a metabolism problem at all. They have a movement problem. A lack of movement, that is.

Non exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), What is this and what does it mean to you when it comes to losing fat? Simply put, NEAT is the energy expended in things not directly related to eating, sleeping and training.
Thermogenesis is the generation of heat by metabolic and physiological processes.
Non Exercise activity meaning, NEAT is energy burnt by doing things such as, walking around, house chores, fidgeting, working, typing and the list goes on. NEAT is modulated with changes in energy balance.

If your goal is to drop fat, firstly you will have to lower your calorie intake, right?
Over the course of being in a calorie deficit you will face a  loss of energy. Due to this loss of energy you will notice a reduction of movement. SOMETIMES, we have found some people do not even recognise this at first. The initial symptoms are poor sleep, fatigue, slower recovery. BUT nontheless the reduction of daily movement, is there. With the reduction of movement simply means you are not burning as many calories. This is NOT a major issue but long term will have side effects.

This is a survival mechanism your body naturally dies, as I said, most people won’t even recognise this at first. This is your bodies way to down regulate the output and conserve the energy for more important tasks such as, eating, sleeping and training where you will be burning more energy.

So why should you even care about this?
Basically, if your goal is to drop fat, or even put weight on you need to be able to monitor as many objectives as you can. So firstly you have a training program or diary to track how much work your doing, you then track your calories to see how much your consuming on a weekly/daily basis and adjust these. So for those of you taking things a little more seriously and want to be elite.

Why not track your daily steps? Easily done with a fitbit watch.
Why not track your sleep? Easily done, if you see what time your going to bed and waking up.
This allows your coaches to make the necessary changes to your protocols if issues arise. The more data from different objectives, the more accurate the changes and usually the better the results.

However, if you aren’t already monitoring your training and your nutrition, I would HIGHLY recommend getting on top of this first before overcomplicating things for yourself.