Will Belly Dance Give Me a Flat Tummy?

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Is belly dancing giving you a flat stomach a true or false statement? If you’re curious, we’ll let you in on the secret.

Belly Dancing to a Flatter Stomach: Truth or Myth?

Belly dancing is, certainly, a great workout. But just like any other type of exercise, it will not compensate for bad nutrition habits, excessive alcohol intake or having a sedentary lifestyle. This middle eastern dance is performed by people of all walks of life and all shapes and sizes. It’s a great type of cardiovascular exercise and it does, in fact, help you burn calories, like any other type of physical activity would.

However, the trick is in the details. For belly dance to aid you in losing weight, the key factor is in how intensely you dance and how often you practice it.

Belly Dancing to a Flatter Stomach: Truth or Myth?The Science Behind Losing Those Extra Pounds

The American College of Sports Medicine tells us that, in order to lose weight, you must exercise a minimum of 250 minutes every week, at a moderate intensity. Additionally, you’ll have to pay close attention to your nutrition and make sure you follow portion control and reduce the amount of sugar, saturated fat and carbohydrates that you consume.

You’ll be happy to know that just by wiggling and shimmying doing belly dance for an hour, you’ll be able to burn from 250 and 300 calories. However, this is strictly true when you do an hour of actual, full-on dancing, rather than a class where your focused on technique and the level of intensity is not nearly as high. Keep in mind that to burn a pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories, which means you should burn 500 calories a day which will give you a caloric deficit. This means that you’ll be burning more than you eat, which will contribute to weight loss.

Dance Classes in Colorado to Keep Your Heart Rate Up

If your level of activity during your belly dance class wasn’t too strenuous, you can add another type of cardiovascular activity or you can sign up for another high intensity dance class like our LaBlast Fitness class or an AfroCaribe dance class. Stop by our studio or give us a call today to sign up for any of our amazing dance classes. Burning calories has never been so fun!

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