Dancing Toward Weight LossFor ideal health, adults should spend a minimum of 150 minutes per week performing moderate-paced cardio exercise. By taking a daily, 60-minute Zumba class, you'll more than eclipse the guideline. In 60 minutes of Zumba, a 165-pound person burns around 594 calories, according to HealthStatus. Over the course of the week, this person burns about 4,158 calories through daily Zumba classes.
Zumba Can Play a RoleA pound of fat is made up of 3,500 calories, but burning 4,158 calories during a week of Zumba won't necessarily help you lose a pound. Your chance of losing weight also depends on your diet. If you consume a high-calorie, unhealthy diet, it's possible to gain weight, even if you practice Zumba daily. If you keep your calorie intake low by eating small meals containing vegetables, grains and proteins such as fish and chicken, Zumba can contribute to weight loss. The exact amount you might lose is impossible to predict, given the variables that play a role. However, a healthy rate of weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds per week.