Can You Lose Weight by Doing Burpees?

Burpees are an incredible form of exercise for several reasons.

Because it only requires your own bodyweight, burpees are an extremely safe exercise.

Moreover, because it requires you to move through a full range of motion, this full-body exercise is great for improving strength, building muscle, increasing flexibility and mobility, and more.

However, can you lose weight by simply doing burpees? The short answer is: yes!

What follows will be a summarized discussion surrounding the benefits of burpees as a means of losing weight.

Benefits of Burpees for Weight Loss


Because burpees are typically implemented into a high-intensity workout, they’re great for improving aerobic capacity, boosting cardiovascular function, and even improving one’s metabolic rate, thus burning more calories than a typical mono-structural cardio workout.

Moreover, because it’s contrastingly a muscle building exercise, burpees are a great way to improve one’s overall fitness.

Increasing the amount of muscle you have also aids in an improved BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate which is the rate at which your body spends calories to perform basic functions).

As you may or may not know, the better your BMR, the more calories you burn.

While this is certainly a rudimentary explanation, the end result remains true…

In order to lose weight, one must also be in a caloric deficit.

Because burpees, largely a high-intensity calisthenics/bodyweight exercise, have been shown to burn a sufficient amount of calories, it’s inherently a great exercise for weight loss.

You may be wondering, ‘how many calories can you burn from doing burpees?’

While the number of calories one can expect to burn from burpees are likely to vary due to several factors, on average, burpees burn 650-750 calories per hour.

No one in the right mind, however, will do burpees for an hour straight. Right ? 🙂

Averaging this number out over a 10 minute bout of exercise, you can expect to burn 125 calories. For 1 minute? An average of 12.5 calories.

The simplest way to increase the number of calories burned is to increase the intensity of the exercise. Luckily, burpees are an easy exercise to increase your effort.

In Summary

Although weight loss requires much more than an exercise that burns calories, burpees are a great exercise to implement to assist in your weight loss journey.

Remember, however, that because you ultimately need to remain in a caloric deficit in order to lose weight, you must also follow a regimented diet in order to do so.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4332184/

https://www.webmd.com/diet/calorie-deficit#1

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