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Does Bellydancing Help Lose Belly Fat?

author image Dani Arbuckle
Dani Arbuckle is a successful business writer with expertise in general management and strategic management. Arbuckle is also an active runner and marathoner who writes extensively on running and other sports.
Does Bellydancing Help Lose Belly Fat?
Belly dancing burns calories, helping you shed fat. Photo Credit Felix Mizioznikov/iStock/Getty Images

No exercise will allow you to spot reduce fat from specific areas of your body. To lose belly fat, you need to lose fat from your body overall. To do this, you need to burn more calories than you consume. Adding exercise, like belly dancing, to your routine will increase your calorie burn and help you lose fat from your entire body, including your belly. To lose a single pound of fat, you'll need to burn an extra 3,500 calories over time.

Weight Loss

A 130-pound person burns 207 calories belly dancing for 60 minutes. At this rate you would need to do belly dancing workouts adding up to 17 hours to lose 1 pound. If you weigh 160 pounds, you will burn about 254 calories per hour belly dancing. This would mean dancing for about 14 hours to lose a pound. At 190 pounds, you would burn 303 calories an hour, taking you about 11 1/2 hours to shed 1 pound of fat.

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