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Standing economy: does the heterogeneity in the energy cost of posture maintenance reside in differential patterns of spontaneous weight-shifting?

Miles-Chan, Jennifer L. ; Fares, Elie-Jacques ; Berkachy, Redina ; Jacquet, Philippe ; Isacco, Laurie ; Schutz, Yves ; Montani, Jean-Pierre ; Dulloo, Abdul G.

In: European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2017, vol. 117, no. 4, p. 795–807

Due to sedentarity-associated disease risks, there is much interest in methods to increase low-intensity physical activity. In this context, it is widely assumed that altering posture allocation can modify energy expenditure (EE) to impact body-weight regulation and health. However, we have recently shown the existence of two distinct phenotypes pertaining to the energy cost of...

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Isometric thermogenesis at rest and during movement: a neglected variable in energy expenditure and obesity predisposition

Dulloo, Abdul G. ; Miles-Chan, Jennifer L. ; Montani, Jean-Pierre ; Schutz, Yves

In: Obesity Reviews, 2017, vol. 18, no. S1, p. 56–64

Isometric thermogenesis as applied to human energy expenditure refers to heat production resulting from increased muscle tension. While most physical activities consist of both dynamic and static (isometric) muscle actions, the isometric component is very often essential for the optimal performance of dynamic work given its role in coordinating posture during standing, walking and most...

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Sitting comfortably versus lying down: Is there really a difference in energy expenditure?

Miles-Chan, Jennifer Lynn ; Sarafian, Delphine ; Montani, Jean-Pierre ; Schutz, Yves ; Dulloo, Abdul G.

In: Clinical Nutrition, 2014, vol. 33, no. 1, p. 175–178

Background and aims: Energy expenditure (EE) during sitting is widely assumed to be higher than that while lying down, but supporting evidence is equivocal. Despite this, resting EE in the sitting position is often used as a proxy for basal metabolic rate. Here we investigate whether EE differs in the comfortable seated position compared to supine (lying) position.Methods: EE and respiratory...

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Heterogeneity in the energy cost of posture maintenance during standing relative to sitting: phenotyping according to magnitude and time-Course

Miles-Chan, Jennifer L. ; Sarafian, Delphine ; Montani, Jean-Pierre ; Schutz, Yves ; Dulloo, Abdul G.

In: PLoS ONE, 2013, vol. 8, no. 5, p. e65827

Background: Reducing sitting-time may decrease risk of disease and increase life-span. In the search for approaches to reduce sitting-time, research often compares sitting to standing and ambulation, but the energetic cost of standing alone versus sitting is equivocal, with large variation in reported mean values (0% to > 20% increase in energy expenditure (EE) during standing).Objective: To...