Do Some NEAT Activities
Fitness & Exercise
Multiple studies show that lean people fidget with things for about 150 minutes a day more than obese people do. That kind of low-grade activity (tapping feet and fingers, twirling hair, gesturing while speaking, etc.) can burn 350 calories a day, which translates into 10-30 pounds a year! It’s called Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT), which is basically any movement that isn’t intended as exercise. You can burn an extra 100-150 calories an hour by increasing NEAT. Among the more effective NEAT exercises, little things such as pacing whenever it’s feasible to do so. For example, if you are talking on the phone, try pacing instead of sitting. you can burn 90 more calories an hour pacing than if you just talk while sitting still.