NEAT-Its effecting your weight loss

At the weekend I had a 3 day conference organised by TwoBuffGirls, Bropocalypse!

The speakers were Alan Aragon, Bret Contreras, Brad Schoenfeld and James Krieger

These guys are scientists and they are bringing the latest research in evidence based nutrition and training! You can check them out on the Facebook pages:

Over the weekend they talked about some pretty interesting topics, that included;

  1. Resistance Training for Maximal Hypertrophy

  2. Carbohydrate/Insulin hypothesis

  3. Metabolism Myth

  4. The Art and Science of Glute Training

  5. Nutrient timing and the Anabolic window

I have so much information to share with you guys which is evidence based and backed by science! Its not my opinion or latest fad diet or exercise routine thats on social media, its information backed by research.

So get ready to make notes……..

This week I want discuss the metabolism myths going around and what you should be looking at changing if your not loosing weight.

The Metabolism Myth:

OK, so many have you heard or even said it yourself, you've got a slow metabolism thats why you cant lose any weight? right?

Its not actually your metabolism thats slow, its your NEAT levels are low. NEAT is non exercise activity thermogenesis and relates to everything you do thats not sleeping, eating or sports-exercise related.

People that have been obese and have lost at least 10% of weight will have lower NEAT levels than someone who is the same weight as them now but has never been obese. The data shows that up to 400 calories of decreased energy expenditure in people who have lost 10% of weight compared to the control.


This also correlates to the study recently published on previous Biggest Loser contestants:

The contestants have to continually eat less and less food in order to maintain their weight.

Weight loss leads to a decrease in activity levels.

Where does the reduced activity come from?

NEAT levels.

In a study carried out, 10 previous obese subjects were put in a very small room and their 24hr energy expenditure was recorded. They were not able to exercise or move around much.

There was a large portion or variability due to NEAT.

NEAT accounted for 138-685 cals per day!

What does this tell you. NEAT is so important in terms of your fat loss goals.

But genetics also play a part too.

If you are someone that struggles to put weight on or you have friends that eat a lot and you cant understand why they are not overweight, the chances are they have incredibly high NEAT levels, they fidget a lot, they cant sit still, always moving.

These are the people you would say have fast metabolisms, they actually just have very high NEAT levels.


As a society we have become very lazy.

How many of you park you car as close to the destination as possible so you don’t have to walk?

How many of you have a cleaner for you home? or a dishwasher? Or a dog walker?

How many sit down at a desk for 8+hours a day.

All these factors contribute towards lower NEAT levels.


Start walking more. Walk to work. Park the car further away from the destination. Take the dog for a walk twice a day.

Your at a desk job all day? No problem, every hour walk the building for 5 minutes. This will equate to 40 mins of walking a day.

Take the stairs instead of the lift.

Wash the dishes by hand. Sweep the yard once a week. Do the house work.

You can slowly implement one of these suggestions into your daily routine without it effecting your life too much, without having to go to the gym and do an extra session or decrease your calories.

Because, heres the thing, your body is super smart and wants to get to homeostasis as quck as possible. So if you go hard at the gym, chances are you are pretty lazy for the rest of the day, your body compensates for the 110% you gave at the gym this morning by minimising your NEAT throughout the day, without you even realising!

So maybe your that person, the person that does everything right, trains hard, eats well but can't make the weight shift? Take a note of how active you are for the rest of the day. Look at increaseing your NEAT and see if that makes a difference.

Next week I will be talking about glute training and what I learnt from the man himself Bret Contreras.

If you missed it, check out my 200kg hip thrust here

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