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Will Tae Bo Help Me Lose Weight?

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
Will Tae Bo Help Me Lose Weight?
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According to the infomercials, a few sessions of sweating it out in your living room with Billy Blanks barking out moves to you from your television screen is all you need to lose weight. Tae Bo, a combination of martial arts, boxing and dance, can provide a great calorie-burning workout, can help with weight loss if you also control your eating.

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The Key to Weight Loss

If your goal is weight loss, you must take in fewer calories than you burn. Tae Bo helps with the calorie burn portion -- burning 350 to 450 calories in an hour-long session. If you're doing Tae Bo at home, you'll have to monitor your intensity and make sure you give it your all to come close to that burn rate. Burning those calories will not matter if you reward yourself with extra portions or high-calorie foods. For Tae Bo to help with weight loss, you must monitor your daily calorie intake and ensure you're always at a deficit. If you can keep that deficit at 500 calories per day, you'll lose a pound in one week.

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