What Is NEAT?

NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) is a scientific term used to describe the amount of calories we burn via general movement spread throughout the day. Examples include walking, climbing the stairs, standing up, carrying bags, changing posture and playing. Dr James Levine has spent much of his professional life studying the effects of NEAT and concluded that it can account for huge differences in daily energy expenditure. In an age dominated by the chair ramping up levels of low intensity movement can have a profound impact on our waistlines.