The other 23 hours

Weight Loss & Nutrition
By Jade Loney
Jade Loney

About Jade Loney

I’ve always had a passion for health and fitness (I’m currently studying nutritional medicine.) However, it wasn’t until I started training at Ignite that I fell in love with CrossFit and the awesome community that came with it. CrossFit has helped me reassess what fitness means to me and shifted my focus to performance. The human body continually amazes me with what it is capable of and that fascination is what led me to become a trainer; to help others find their own strength and confidence! I’d love to make it to Regionals one day but even if I don’t, I’ll have enjoyed every step of the chase. If I’m not working I’m usually here training so if you see me on the floor please say hi! I don’t bite that much. 🙂
So, you’ve been hitting the gym 4-5 times each week consistently, and your diet is on point. You’re expecting BIG THINGS at your next check-in… but when you step on the scales, nothing has changed! You did everything you were meant to do, so why aren’t the results there?
The way you spend the ‘other 23 hours’ is crucial to your success with your fat loss goals, however, this goes beyond controlling what you put in your mouth.
Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenisis
Say what?… NEAT is the energy we use for everything our body does that is not sleeping, eating, or the exercise you do when you come to the gym, or play sports. Basically just the everyday stuff you do like walking to work, standing on the bus, doing your grocery shopping etc.
If you are a labourer, work in hospitality, or another occupation that ensures you are continually moving throughout the day, this is great news for you! Your NEAT is probably pretty high.
However if you are bound to a desk for most of your day, you’re probably missing out on a lot of NEAT opportunities to burn calories (see what I did there?), with a difference of as much as 1000 calories per day!
If you want to get an idea of whether you’re getting in enough daily activity, try wearing a fitbit, apple watch or just a basic pedometer (there’s probably one built into your phone) for a week. Track how many steps you accumulate each day and average it over the week. Experts advise that we should be averaging a minimum of 10,000 per day.
If you find that you are averaging less than 10,000 per day, it’s time to get moving friend!