Zumba is a fast-paced fitness class based on Latin dance. Normally one hour long, it provides a moderately intense aerobic workout. A moderate aerobic activity is one in which you get out of breath enough that carrying on a conversation is difficult. Aerobic activity, in combination with a reduction of calories in your diet, can induce weight loss.
The more energetic the activity that you do, the more calories you will burn. The exact number of calories burned in a one-hour Zumba class will depend on how vigorously you participate, but the range will likely be 350 to 550 calories. Burning 3,500 calories more than you consume equals about one pound of fat burned. Doing a Zumba class every day could burn 2,450 to 3,850 calories a week, which would equal about one pound of fat if you do not increase what you eat. In three weeks, this could amount to three pounds of fat burned, in theory. In reality, the formula is more complicated and will vary according to age, gender and genetics; the formula will even change over the course of weight loss.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Doing the same activity every day might become boring. You will be more likely to stick to exercise if you do a variety of activities. Plus, it is important to allow your muscles time to rest before using them again for the same intensive workout. When your muscles are sore from a workout, this is a signal that they need one to two days of down time to heal. If you do decide to do Zumba every day, perform different dance sets to work the muscles with a variety of moves.
You Are What You Eat
Just because you work out with Zumba every single day, that doesn't mean you can eat whatever you want. You will still have to watch how many calories you consume to make sure you have a caloric deficit. If you eat 3,500 fewer calories a week with no exercise, you should still lose one pound of fat. If you are eating the same or more calories than you are burning through exercise, you will stay the same weight or even gain weight.
Aerobic exercise such as Zumba, when combined with reducing the calories you eat, is the most efficient way to lose weight. Instead of going to an eating or exercising extreme, find a balance with the two. Reducing 500 calories that you eat in a day and exercising 150 minutes a week with moderate intensity is going to be the healthiest way to lose one pound of weight a week. A one-hour Zumba class three times per week, or five 30-minute sessions, will fulfill this requirement; practicing longer will increase the weight-loss possibilities.