We all have that one friend who can eat large-size fries, donuts and loads of spaghetti and never seem to gain weight. Is it just luck, or does this person have a weight-maintenance secret that we all need to know?
Eat A Lot and Stay Thin? Sounds NEAT!
Studies have shown that people who eat all they want and don’t get fat are actually more active than the rest of the population, and as a result they burn more calories. However, they don’t necessarily spend more time at the gym. They probably engage in a practice known as non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT).
In simple words NEAT is When you stand up and walk while being on the phone, dancing while brushing your hair.
Involving in NEAT throughout the day can increase your metabolism by up to 50 percent, so if you usually burn 1700 calories per day, NEAT will make you burn up to 2700 calories per day. without extra workouts.
How to Be NEAT
If you don’t naturally engage in NEAT , you may need to push yourself to more small movements into your day. Wiggle your legs or tap your fingers at your work desk, move your heels while waiting in line, and stand more whenever possible.
Lean Muscle Tissue is also a Factor
Apart from NEAT, high percentage of lean muscle tissue is also contributing to being thin. Muscle needs more calories to maintain than fat, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn -even as you sleep- In fact, you can increase your metabolism by up to 15 percent by building more lean muscle.