Doing Zumba Makes You Lose Weight? Not Really

After all that drinking and eating during Christmas, along with partying and filling your tummy with booze during New Year, you’re starting to realize, heck, it’s 2019, you need to lose the belly pronto!

There’s the gym but may it seem too boring for you. Running? You’ll lose your breath within five minutes! Then it hits you, ZUMBA.

What’s not to love? You get to dance to upbeat music together with a whole bunch of fitness freaks! But we hate to break to you, Zumba does not actually help you to lose weight!

In fact, according to the founder, Beto Perez, Zumba was created merely for fun. FYI, Zumba is made up of four core dances which are salsa, merengue, cumbia dan reggaeton. Each core has 16 moves with 25 variation. However only 25 to 30 percent of the dance technique involves exercise movements. However, he says, there are some Zumba participants who’ve managed to shed the weight.

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Here’s what you need to understand before signing up and expecting to come out looking like a Victoria Secret model :-

Not all classes are equally intense

Different instructors have their own class formats, songs and dances. This leads to different levels of intensity as compared to other classes. You can be 90 minutes into the session and still not break a sweat. Worst, you could have enough spare oxygen that you’re literally yawning! To really get in shape with Zumba, you’ll need to find a class with high intensity that can challenge you.

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Zumba does not burn 1000 calories an hour 

Yup… Zumba’s 1000 calories in an hour myth is unfortunately not true. Women weight in an average of 54 kg to 77 kg, hence will burn only about 350 to 650 calories in an hour of Zumba – if they go all out with full intensity throughout the entire class. But of course this depends as well on the exact weight, muscle, fitness level and many more.

No strength training 

Strength training is essential. You’re likely to lose weight faster with strength training component incorporated into your workout because it increases your metabolism. It also prevents bone density loss, reduces chances of injury, improves posture, joint health and enhances the body’s muscles to support the joints.

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