i did no exercise, isn’t that n.e.a.t?

I haven’t had an epic exercise week that wasn’t “prescribed” in a while. When I say prescribed, I mean, like the lifts I am scheduled to do or the classes or cardio that I HAVE to do as a Honolulu Personal Trainer.

With my move, I’ve gotten in A SHIT TON of exercise and steps, all through just daily living! We call this type of “exercise” NEAT which stands for this fancy term called Non-Exercise Energy Thermogenesis. 

NEAT is the very FIRST thing I look at with a new client ESPECIALLY a new client who has never exercised before OR has taken a long hiatus from exercise. 

NEAT is the energy expended for everything we do that is NOT sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. It ranges from the energy you expend walking to work, typing, performing yard work, fidgeting and yep, MOVING!

If you haven’t exercised in a while, it would be a disservice to you for me as your coach to add in exercise BEFORe first seeing how we can turn what you already do into “exercise” – THAT IS NEAT, yeah? 😉

Which brings me to number 6 of the most common weight loss mistakes I see my ladies making!


Your treadmill is a liar. The amount of calories it says you burned are grossly inaccurate. Ignore it. 

FICTION: Paying attention to how many calories your treadmill or fitness app says you burned and then eating more according to that result

TRUTH: So many of us are misled by the calorie burn output cardio machines or our smart watches are giving to us! 

QUICK FIX: Focus first on your NEAT. Get your NEAT up consistently. Once that is solid, start putting in work on the exercise end (walking and lifting heavy). Remember, consistency and effort bring about change, not technology! 

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