NEAT

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Simply moving more and sitting less can boost your health because of the calorie burning called NEAT, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis. Dr. Edward Hill discusses NEAT in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People who jiggle their knees during meetings, pace while on the phone and tidy their surroundings at the slightest sign of disarray should earn our admiration, not our annoyance.

They benefit from NEAT, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis, a term coined by endocrinologist James Levine and theyre likely to be healthier and thinner as a result.

NEAT is the energy expended for everything we do that is not sleeping, eating or sports-like exercise. The term refers to the calories people burn outside of formal exercise. It includes the energy expended doing yard work, folding clothes and taking them upstairs, tossing an apple back and forth in your handsany movement during waking hours while youre not seated or exercising.

It turns out the fidgety folks around you have it right. Such often-unconscious movements increase your metabolic rate substantially.

In a study of NEAT, Levine found that people of healthy weight sat 150 fewer minutes daily, burning 350 more calories, than obese people. So dont just sit there, do some NEAT.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.