Move a Little, Lose a Lot: New N.E.A.T. Science Reveals How to Be Thinner, Happier, and Smarter

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Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, Jan 20, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
Escape Your Desk Sentence!

Dr. James Levine, one of the country’s top specialists in obesity, says America suffers from “sitting disease.” We spend nearly ten to fifteen hours of our day sitting–in cars, at our desks, and in front of the television. The age of electronics and the Internet has robbed us of the chance to burn up to 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day, leaving Americans less active (and much heavier) than we were thirty years ago. We are facing a human energy crisis.

What you need, according to this doctor’s orders, is to get moving, or nonexercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT). NEAT is as simple as standing, turning, and bending. Research proves that daily NEAT activity burns more calories than a half hour running on the treadmill. Just by the very act of standing and moving, you can boost your metabolism, lower your blood pressure, and increase your mental clarity. It’s about using your body as it was meant to be used. Move a Little, Lose a Lot gives you literal step-by-step instructions for small changes that equal radical results:

• Give at the office–burn 2,100 calories a week just by changing your daily work routine.
• Hey, Einstein–just like the scientist who thought up his most famous theory while riding his bike, you can increase production of new brain neurons in as little as three hours.
• Tired of being tired–reduce fatigue by 65 percent with low-intensity NEAT workouts.
• Don’t forget–an Italian study showed active men and women were 30 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

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This book has already had a big impact on my life, just two weeks after I finished. Levine's advice is very good and should be taught and practiced in schools, homes and workplaces across the nation ... Read full review

Move a little, lose a lot: new NEAT science reveals how to be thinner, happier, and smarter

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Verdict: A gentle prescription for weight loss strongly recommended for public libraries and hospitals and clinics with consumer health collections. Background: Levine, director of the Active Life ... Read full review


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Professor James Levine, MD, PhD, is a world authority on preventing and treating the global obesity epidemic. He is the director of the Active Life Research team at the Mayo Clinic. His research has been published in journals such as Science, Nature, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He lectures on obesity around the world and is a senior academic advisor to U.S. government agencies, the United Nations, and China as well as several African nations. Dr. Levine has made four documentaries and has appeared repeatedly on all major network and cable stations including CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, and more. His work has been widely written about in the popular press with articles in the New York Times, USA Today, the BBC, among many others.

Selene Yeager is a bestselling professional health and fitness author who is also a certified personal trainer, triathlete, and professional mountain bike racer. She has written, co-written, and contributed to more than two dozen books such as ROAR, Bike Your Butt Off!, and Get Fast! She is a frequent contributor to Runner’s World, Women’s Health, and Shape magazines, and has a regular advice column for Bicycling magazine called “Fit Chick.” She lives in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

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