If the thought of working up a sweat on the treadmill at the gym to burn calories doesn't appeal to you, you'll be happy to know that you can burn plenty of calories just by doing everyday activities.

"Research shows that people who are physically active during the day can burn an extra 300 calories per day," says Pete McCall, MS, an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise. "Over 12 days, that can add up to an extra pound of weight loss," he says.

Burning Calories: The "NEAT" Way

McCall says that these extra 300 calories per day can come from what is called non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT, which accounts for the energy that you expend when you are not sleeping, eating, or doing structured physical activities like jogging or sports.

"NEAT" activities include things like walking or riding a bike for transportation, typing on the computer, working in the yard, and cleaning the house. Even fidgeting is considered a "NEAT" activity that can turn up your calorie-burning engine.

These activities help you burn calories by increasing your metabolic rate. This is why agricultural and manual workers tend to have higher metabolic rates than people who live more leisurely lifestyles. In fact, the calories burned through NEAT can differ by as much as 2,000 calories per day between two people who are similar in size.

Burning Calories: Totaling the Burn

"NEAT" calories can really add up — and fast.

According to Kimberly Lummus, MS, RD, Texas Dietetic Association media representative and public relations coordinator for the Austin Dietetic Association in Austin, Texas, in 30 minutes a person who weighs 150 pounds can burn the following number of calories:

Raking leaves = 147 calories Gardening or weeding = 153 calories Moving (packing and unpacking) = 191 calories Vacuuming = 119 calories Cleaning the house = 102 calories Playing with the kids (moderate activity level) = 136 calories Mowing the lawn = 205 calories Strolling = 103 calories Sitting and watching TV = 40 calories Biking to work (on a flat surface) = 220 calories Burning Calories: A Little More Every Day

If you are trying to increase the number of calories you burn, make an effort to do more "spontaneous physical activities" throughout your day. The best way to do this is to reduce the time you spend sitting, while adding calorie-burning activities to your daily routine.

McCall says that the following can increase your level of calorie-burning throughout the day:

Walk down the hall to see a colleague rather than making a phone call or sending an e-mail. Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. Clean your house instead of using a cleaning service. Take your dog out for more frequent walks. Ride your bike or walk to work rather than driving. You can also consider wearing a pedometer to track the number of steps you take throughout the day. Once you have an idea of how many steps you take on average, set increasingly higher goals for yourself and find ways to take a few extra steps each day. Before you know it, you'll find yourself running up stairs, volunteering to sweep the porch, and finding reasons to walk to the store. The more you move, the more you'll want to move!
I was wondering if you have been following those suggestions and have you encountered results?

 Is there a reason for big fonts. The article does not mention exercises for the eye.

Bottom line is unless the intake calories are less than burning calories no weight loss can occur unless one is terminally sick and is being consumed from within

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I actually wear a pedometer everyday to keep track of my steps. This lets me know how many calories I'm burning. I walk 3 45minutes sessions per day 3 times a week. And Strength Train 3 session per day 3 times a week. It really works. :D
rebelmom wrote: I actually wear a pedometer everyday to keep track of my steps. This lets me know how many calories I'm burning. I walk 3 45minutes sessions per day 3 times a week. And Strength Train 3 session per day 3 times a week. It really works. :D


Of course that will work There is no question about it
 
The article seems to suggest an ordinary routine for someone with no background training will lose them calories and therefore weight

  I practice judo 3 times a week with my boys in the dojo and therefore I am in a fair shape considering I am not young anymore. However my question is when you put more calories in than you burn there is no way under the sun you will lose weight. 
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rebelmom wrote: I actually wear a pedometer everyday to keep track of my steps. This lets me know how many calories I'm burning. I walk 3 45minutes sessions per day 3 times a week. And Strength Train 3 session per day 3 times a week. It really works. :D


Of course that will work There is no question about it
 
The article seems to suggest an ordinary routine for someone with no background training will lose them calories and therefore weight

  I practice judo 3 times a week with my boys in the dojo and therefore I am in a fair shape considering I am not young anymore. However my question is when you put more calories in than you burn there is no way under the sun you will lose weight. 


I agree the more calories you put in than you burn you can't lose weight. What I tested using my pedometer was this all i did was just move about doing just what i normally would do like clean townhouse, laundry, walked the dogs, walked to mailbox then i eat 1200 calories. What i notice was you have to take at least 10,000 steps per day just to lose 1 pound per week. But it can be done if you move a lot.