Last updated on Jun 16th, 2020 at 12:30 am

  The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

Keep your house NEAT

NEAT stands for non-exercise activity thermogenesis, and it deals with all of the activity you do that is not part of conventional exercise. Conventional exercise includes running, lifting weights, circuit training, aerobics, or swimming.

NEAT is all about activities that are tough enough to burn calories, and how many calories are burned doing them. The numbers below are all averages, but they do give you a pretty good idea of how much you’ve done in addition to your daily trip to the gym.

Cleaning the house is one of the powerful NEAT activities you can do, and while you’re home more than usual, it may be a good idea to do some ‘spring cleaning’ to get rid of germs, and up your calorie-expenditure too.

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  • Vacuuming floors for 30 minutes consumes about 120 calories for a 70kg person, slightly more or less depending on your actual weight.
  • Mowing the lawn for the same amount of time will get you about 150 calories, stripping and making up beds around 160 calories, and raking and bagging leaves around 160 calories.

So in two hours of housework, you can burn a meal’s worth of calories. That’s pretty great.

Do your chores, and get leaner while you do.


Take a look at the articles below for more information on the little things that make a big difference to your weight-loss goals:

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