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NEAT | The Key To Weight Loss


NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. It's one of four components that make up your total daily energy expenditure, along with basal metabolic rate, diet-induced thermogenesis, and activity-related energy expenditure.


NEAT plays a vital role in the weight loss process and is often the x-factor in placing you in a daily caloric deficit. It's dubbed the key to weight loss in many cases.


Because fat loss ultimately comes down to energy balance, calories in vs. calories out, you must take advantage of all weapons in your arsenal and burn additional calories throughout the day by being active, particularly through increasing your daily step count.


At Peak Health & Performance, we promote that clients wishing to lose body weight monitor their steps by using a pedometer, FitBit or even the Health app on their phones.


We have our clients aim for 10,000 steps per day. This amount of steps is a reasonable goal for most people and puts you in the category of being “active”.


Reaching 10,000 steps per day can be achieved by including the following in your every day routine:

  • Performing chores around the house

  • Using standing desk instead of sitting

  • Going for a lunchtime walk

  • Skipping the elevator and instead take the stairs

  • Walking around your work place every hour


One of the biggest factors when people gain weight after losing it is that they deem expending those extra calories unnecessary because they’ve already lost the weight. It’s important to make NEAT a part of your daily routine to stay healthy and keeping the weight off.


Although NEAT may not play as big a role in total energy expenditure as the other components, it can definitely contribute to the achievement of your health and fitness goals.


Dan Wiktorek


Owner & Director

Peak Health & Performance

Peak Health & Performance is the leader in elite personal training and performance coaching in Wisconsin. Offering an unparalleled experience for clients from all walks of life at our boutique studio in Brookfield.

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