Updated: May 26
The majority of energy consumed is used for fuel to support and maintain normal body functions, like temperature regulation
Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) 60%-75%
Resting metabolic rate refers to the amount of calories burned when the body is completely at rest
The Thermic Effect of Activity (TEA) 15-30%
TEA accounts for variability of daily expenditure such as physical work, muscle activity, and planned exercise
Non-Exercising Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT): NEAT is a component of thermic effect of activity (TEA). NEAT is any activity that increases metabolic rate for a short period of time like walking, typing or fidgeting. Here are some activities to promote NEAT.
Do additional tasks around the house
Play with your kids
Take a 10-minute walk every 2 hours
Have walking meetings instead of sitting in a conference room
Use a stand-up desk or sit on an exercise ball
Get a smartwatch and challenge yourself to add more steps or activity points
Pace and fidget more
Take the stairs whenever available
Adopt a more active lifestyle instead of being sedentary in your free time
Walk and cycle instead of driving
The Thermic Effect of Feeding (TEF) 10%
This accounts for the energy required to digest food in order to prepare it for energy extraction in the body
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