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.

Dr. Levine’s Publications