Are bodyweight exercises effective for fat loss?
Many people struggle to fit fitness into their daily routine.
Bodyweight exercises solve this problem by giving you an effective workout that can be done anywhere, anytime, with no equipment.
In order to lose body fat you need to burn calories.
To burn calories you need to move frequently and work larger muscle groups in each training session – the more muscles involved the better.
Regardless of the type of training you do, to reduce body fat you need to be in a calorie deficit (roughly 20%).
Though bodyweight training doesn’t burn calories like aerobic exercise, building muscle is a vital part of fat loss.
Instead of just burning fat with cardio, bodyweight training helps you build lean muscle.
Lean muscle is more metabolically active than fat, and it increases your resting metabolic rate.
As a result, your total daily calorie expenditure increases, helping you burn more calories throughout the day, even when you’re not working out.
A bodyweight workout could include push ups, squats, burpees, lunges and planks, which when put together in a circuit fashion can elicit the metabolic response desired.