How You Use Calories

Have you ever wondered how your body uses calories throughout the day?

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The total amount of calories you burn per day is known as your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure)

There are 4 things that contribute to your TDEE.

  • 1) Resting Metabolic Rate – this makes up 60-75% of your TDEE. It’s the energy required to keep you alive and functioning.

  • 2) NEAT (Non-activity Thermogenesis) – This is the amount of energy that your body uses to do daily activities like washing dishes, typing on your computer, or walking around your office. The number of calories you burn from NEAT varies greatly based on your activity level.

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  • 3) TEF (Thermic Effect of Food) – Your body burns calories to chew, digest and store food. Each type of food (macronutrient) has a different TEF. Accounts for around 10% of your TDEE.

  • 4) Activity – The actual number of calories you burn during your workouts will depend on the intensity and duration of each session. Calories burned through exercise and non-exercise physical activity account for roughly 15-30% of your TDEE.

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