Beginning in 1995, Dr. James Levine, M.D., Ph.D. and his team at the Mayo Clinic - the Active Life Research Team - started a research program that would become the most comprehensive, data-rich study on nutrition, activity and behavior related to weight management and obesity prevention ever undertaken, sponsored by the National Institute of Health.
By analyzing the links between activity, energy expenditure, and obesity over a 10-year time period, they discovered that basic daily activity – or NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) – is the single most important factor of obtaining and maintaining a healthy body weight.
But with the human movement toward becoming a largely sedentary society, NEAT activity has largely disappeared from our culture. Over time, more and more people have been “desk-sentenced,” sitting down to work, and sitting down to do almost everything else: getting from one place to another, spending evenings at home, even visiting with friends and family.
All of this sedentary activity is the single greatest factor in contributing to society's growing obesity problem. Obesity is associated with a wide range of life threatening issues, including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, sleep apnea and many others. However, according to Dr. Levine, combating the obesity epidemic could be as simple as adding a couple extra hours of NEAT movement to our lives every day: standing up regularly, walking around a little more, taking the stairs once in a while, even doing things like hand-washing our dishes or getting out to do yard work more often. Dr. Levine and his team found that increasing the daily NEAT activity can result in a dramatic improvement in a person's overall health by reducing obesity risk factors, including percent body fat, Body Mass Index, cholesterol, the HDL/LDL ratio and blood plasma triglycerides.
Dr. Levine has become so passionate about his findings that he
has made it his life’s purpose to carry the message to the
world. He works with Gruve Technologies, Inc. to help him to do
just that. The Gruve Solution™ is Gruve’s core solution
incorporating the NEAT finding for sustainable weight loss
and weight management. Since extensive this research shows that
only consistent low intensity activities have a direct
relationship to long term weight loss and maintenance,
we believe that NEAT is the only effective and trustworthy standard for
activity monitors seeking to assist people in weight loss
and maintenance. Gruve Technologies continues to educate
and promote daily NEAT activity (instead of short periods
of intense exercise) for a proven sustainable path to successful
weight management and better health.
But a closer look at the
accumulating research on sitting reveals something more
intriguing, and disturbing: the health hazards of sitting for
long stretches are significant even for people who are quite
active when they are not sitting down. ...Dr. James A.
Levine of the Mayo Clinic is a leading researcher in the field
of inactivity studies. When he began his research 15 years
ago, he says, it was seen as a novelty. "But it's totally
mainstream now," he says. "There's been an explosion of
research in this area, because the heath care cost implications
are so enormous."
The dangers of living a sedentary life: Learn how to ward off the nasty effects
of a new epidemic called Sitting Disease.
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains how to incorporate Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) int your
daily routine to help kick excess pounds to the curb!
Simply moving more and sitting less can boost your health because of the calorie burning called
NEAT, or non-execise activity thermogenesis.
James Levine, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has an intense interest in how much people move -
and how much they don't. He is a leader of an emerging field that some call inactivity studies, which has challenged long-health beliefs about
human health and obesity.
Many overweight people in the USA have "sitting disease" and would lose weight if they did more walking, standing and
moving around during the day, says endocrinologist James Levine of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Research has identified a lack of NEAT activity, as a primary contributor to weight gain, and could be the key to reversing America’s obesity epidemic. The
Gruve Solution is here to help.
Read the article here.
Sitting time and nonexercise activity have been linked in epidemiological studies to rates of metoblic syndrome,
type 2 diabetes, obesity, and CVD (cardiovascular disease).
Read the article here.
Humans show considerable in the individual variation in susceptibility to weight gain in response to overeating. ...
Changes in NEAT accounted for the 10-fold differences in fat storage that occurred and directly predicted resistance to fat gain with overfeeding ...
Read the article here.
Mayo Clinic Researchers Design
Cubicles That Allow You to Work Out While Working.
Exercise alone, according to a
team of scientists at the University of Missouri, is not enough
to take off those added pounds.
Obesity is linked to higher
rates of chronic conditions than are smoking, drinking, or
Using the stairs requires
little additional time, no wardrobe change, and few additional
costs because building code requires stairs. If your building
has a staircase, why not start using it now?