Does Zumba lose weight? Find out how class helps you lose weight

Adopting regular physical activity brings health benefits and promotes well-being, but one of the biggest motivators for those who go to the gym is to reduce some measures and improve body aesthetics.

The reasons are pointed out in articles published in the Revista Brasileira de Ciência do Esporte and, also, by a survey of the academies, which see physical fitness as one of the main desires among students who enroll.

At first, yes, Zumba is a class with great energy expenditure, which involves the whole body and works with integrated muscles and movements.

If the main goal is to lose weight, those who combine or maintain a balanced diet with 2 or 3 Zumba classes per week will probably notice that in 15 days the scale already shows up to 1 kilo less.

But it is necessary to remember that each organism has a different process and the weight loss can be faster or slower, according to the eating habits, the intensity of the activity and the student’s metabolism.

So what is the advantage of preferring Zumba to other modalities or to running on the treadmill, for example?

The class is a dance modality that, in general, works with different choreographies, steps and music. This makes the student not feel like repeating the activity.

As the exercise is in a group, the motivation (by the teacher and the other students) is greater, making the dropout or flight from the class less.

One of the factors most pointed out by Zumba fans is that, as it is a dance, the class does not appear to be an aerobic practice, but rather a fun and pleasurable activity.

A recent survey conducted by the American medical company, Orlando Health , pointed out that there is an important factor in the weight loss process and that it is often overlooked by people and physical education professionals: the emotional factor.

Remember that losing weight is a multifactorial task? Often it is not enough to adapt the diet and insert physical activities into the routine, since environmental, metabolic and emotional aspects are very involved with weight maintenance.

That is, if you practice a physical activity that is not pleasant – that story of feeling obliged to go to the gym -, probably reducing weight will be much slower and more costly.

However, if the activity is pleasurable, in addition to making it easier to maintain the activity routine, the satisfaction generated during the exercise promotes a series of improvements outside the gym.

In the study carried out by Orlando Health , there is a relationship between emotional comfort, well-being and satisfaction, with a more balanced diet.

It goes something like this: even if you spend a lot of calories running on the treadmill, if the activity leaves you frustrated or bored, there is a tendency to seek food for the reward for this emotional state. In the end, you end up eating more and often without even realizing it.

Now think that if the class is enjoyable, engaging and, at the same time, reduces up to a thousand calories an hour, without sounding like an obligation or a sacrifice, students will see the measures reduce in a healthy way – physically and mentally.