We’ve done NEAT so let’s cover EAT
EAT – Exercise activity thermogenesis – around 5-10% of our daily calories are burned from EAT ( In yesterday’s post I referred to it as EEE but same same)
This is our planned exercise. I think this should be changed to additional workouts.
Running or jogging is a grey area for me – I run to get my steps up on the days I know I won’t have time for a walk so I put that in my NEAT (even though its planned) it doesn’t really matter, no-one is monitor us to make sure we are doing it right LOL. So my gym sessions (weight training) is my EAT.
Did you know that a 45 minute weight session for me only probably burns no more the 200 calories (if I’m lucky). I don’t do it for calories burn, I do it for muscle build or maintenance. I rely on my NEAT for energy expenditure.
We need to switch our mindset to making EAT something we actually enjoy rather that enduring a class you hate (for me body attack) because you think it burns the most calories. It’s likely the energy you are expending doing the class you don’t like is a very small difference to the class you actually like. Imagine doing an exercise class you actually like 😊 You would want to go to it more right? This would make your EAT higher!
Please don’t think I am saying EAT doesn’t matter, of course it does. I am asking you to switch your mind set from thinking that EAT is superior to NEAT for fat loss.
I say get your NEAT and your EAT up 🙂