Congratulations on getting started on a healthy plan!
It can be frustrating when we don't see the numbers we want. Everyone is different and we all lose weight at different rates, even eating the same things and participating in the same activities.
Contests and challenges can be motivating but don't let them discourage you. Contest can add fun to work-outs and help motivate us to stay on track but achieving better health or fitness isn't really a contest with anyone else. Sometimes they get us comparing ourselves to other people in ways that hurt instead of help.
Concentrate on healthy habits. Losing weight extremely fast can mean more muscle loss rather than fat loss.
I agree with Archimedes. Most people do not burn 1,000 calories in a Zumba session. Most people don't burn 1,000 calories in an hour of running.
Are you using a heart rate monitor, Fitbit, or something like that to estimate the calories burned?
Weight loss generally comes from changing eating habits. Exercise can help assist in weight loss but is not the major factor.
A 200 pound person, running at a rate of 12 minutes for a mile, which is 5 miles per hour, MIGHT burn about 762 calories in that hour.
Most people don't dance at that rate for the entire hour. There's a warm-up and cool-down which are slower, and most classes are either 55 or 50 minutes. Most instructors also like to include a song or two that is slower so that newbies and others can bring their heart rates down and no one gets to over-worked.
It is possible to burn 1,000 calories in Zumba. Your weight, muscle percentage, and intensity all affect the number of calories burned.
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