100 Squats a Day for Weight Loss

If you diligently squat every day before and after work, first of all, you're a champion. Sticking to a workout routine is great for consistency's sake, but you also might be wondering about the benefits of squats for fat loss. While doing 100 reps of anything is seriously impressive, your squat routine isn't necessarily going to yield the results you might be hoping for. Squats are a useful part of a well-rounded fitness routine, but they aren't a magical weight loss solution on their own.

Squats are great because you can do it anywhere and don't require equipment. (Image: Hero Images/Hero Images/GettyImages)

Why Squats Are Great

Bodyweight squats are one of the easiest exercises to incorporate into your daily routine — they require no equipment, they're low impact on your joints and they're simple to accomplish in a short period of time (like when you're running late for work but still want to squeeze in some movement). There are also several different kinds to try: jump squats, touch ground jumping jack, burpees or single leg squats. The options seem almost endless.

Squats are what is known as a functional movement exercise; that is, they simulate a regular activity to strengthen the muscles you use most in your everyday life. Functional movement training has been shown to help with balance, strength, mobility and the completion of everyday tasks. They build muscle in your legs, butt and core, which will help you lift heavier items and prevent injury.

Squats for Weight Loss

If you're doing 100 squats a day, or even doing them several times per week, you'll notice results in as little as eight weeks of training. However, those results might not be quite what you're hoping for. According to the American Council on Exercise, strength training can burn a high number of calories by using up energy in your muscle tissue, which will gradually increase your resting metabolic rate. But cardio and diet also play an important role in weight loss.

Rather than relying on one specific exercise to help you lose weight, start incorporating a variety of exercises and nutrition hacks into your life. This will outweigh the benefits of squats alone for fat loss and overall physical health.

Don’t Overdo It

One other thing to look out for is signs of overtraining, which can happen when you do too much of one particular activity and cause stress on your muscles or joints. If you drastically increase your training intensity without building slowly, you could cause inflammation in the target area. This is especially possible when you're doing a high number of repetitions of one specific exercise.

The American Council on Exercise warns that excessive fatigue, decreased performance and chronic injuries can all be signs of overtraining. So if you're going to be doing 100 squats a day, monitor your body closely to make sure nothing feels wrong. There's a difference between a workout that hurts because it's challenging you and one that hurts because your body is reacting in a negative way.

Ultimately, squats are a practical and functional addition to a healthy lifestyle. But when done without any other fitness supplement, they'll build only one area of your body without contributing much else to your overall health. In addition to your 100 squats for weight loss, add some cardio and strength training that targets other areas of the body as well.

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