Belly fat is not pleasant to look at or live with. It makes our clothes fit poorly. It makes it difficult to tie our shoes. It does look appealing when your stomach is showing. It is the opposite of six pack abs. However, the worst part of all is that it can adversely affect our health. Belly fat has been linked to some very serious health complications. It has been shown in study to result in higher instances of both heart disease and diabetes. It may also be linked to things such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. With such serious side effects it is imperative that we learn how to burn belly fat.
I have found that one of the most effective way to burn belly fat is to use bodyweight exercises. It doesn't require a gym membership and can be done in the comfort of your own home. But then if you do them right you probably won't think that there is anything comfortable about bodyweight exercises.
Despite what many of the commercials on TV seem to intimate you cannot spot reduce belly fat. If you are going to lose belly fat then you need to burn calories. Here are a few bodyweight exercises to do just that.
Bodyweight squats. This is one of the simplest yet most intense bodyweight exercises. Perform these in sets of 30 - 50 depending on your conditioning level. When you begin squatting it will seem simple but it won't be long before your legs begin to burn and your heart rate begins to elevate.
Mountain climbers. Mountain climbers are another great metabolic exercise to increase your heart rate and your metabolic rate. You perform these while beginning in sort of a pike push up position with one leg staggered in front of the other. To perform the exercise you will ballistically switch positions of your legs (at the same time) like you are climbing a mountain. You can refer to the picture.
Jump squats. I can promise you that you will feel weird doing jump squats, especially if you are in your yard and your neighbors are watching you but they are absolutely fantastic exercises for burning fat. Squat like you do when performing bodyweight squats but explode from that postion and jump as high as you can and repeat. You will almost be able to feel the fat melting off of your body.
Burpees. In my book this is hands down the best bodyweight exercise you can perform to get rid of belly fat. To perform a burpee you squat down and then kick back to a plank position. Do a push up from this position and then kick back to a squatting position and finish off the exercise with a jump squat. That was one rep. Shoot for 10 - 15 reps each set.