Remember the lemur in the animated film Madagascar singing, “I like to move it, move it…”? Dr. James Levine, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic has been saying the same thing for years. His research proves that small amounts of movement have big effects on metabolism.
How is it that some people seem to be able to eat whatever they want and not gain weight? To answer that question, Dr. Levine took lean and obese people who were self-proclaimed couch potatoes and overfed them for 8 weeks. The people were fitted with “magic” underwear that monitored their every movement, day and night. He found that people who were able to switch on their NEAT did not gain fat when they were overfed. People who didn’t turn on their NEAT gained 10 times more fat.
What is NEAT? NEAT stands for “non-exercise activity thermogenesis” and is the level of activity that is a bit above lying on that couch but below exercise. NEAT is:
Did you know that people who are obese move 2.5 hours less per day compared to lean individuals? That means they burn 350 calories less per day. Moving more like a lean person without eating less could mean losing 36 pounds in a year!
Obesity is an epidemic in America that affects both adults and children. Here are some alarming facts that might help get you and your family moving:
NEAT might be the easiest way to stay lean or even lose weight – here are a few things you can try to turn your NEAT on:
Check out more ideas in our Fitness and Wellness Section.