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8/14/12 12:36 P

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I think that it sometimes depends on the zumba class. I've noticed that some instructors are really "dancy" and don't do too much in the way of actually working large muscle groups to any great extent. But other instructors are more into the fitness aspect of it and try to incorporate more muscle work (like squats, lunges and such) into the choreography. I take a zumba toning class every Monday, the rest of the week I walk everyday and I'm trying to incorporate more strength training into my weekly activities.

While it's true that counting calories is very beneficial, I really don't want to do that. I find that if I eat more fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grains, I'm less likely to eat crappy food which I am pretty sure leads to me eating fewer calories overall. I have been losing weight, slowly but surely.

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7/30/12 10:47 A

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I try to supplement with power walking, a run or two and maybe some Tae Bo or Pilates. But Zumba is my favorite and I definitely notice results with it!

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7/22/12 12:08 A

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The number of my weight does not concern me at this point. I am just trying to get my BMI under 32% so I can reach my first goal. I am trying to Zumba 6x a week and right now I am staying on top of it. Also, I am doing the 9 wk program for Kinect Active 2 (30 min strength/cardio workout) and the Mega-T Green Tea Weight Loss supplement (detox). I use the SP Nutrician and Fitness Tracker as well. I am quite confident that I am losing inches and I know I am getting stronger because I am sore. Recently, to help with the soreness I have been eating a Marathon protein bar after my workout and it is really working. :)

I know we can reach our goals! Let's go! :)

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7/10/12 5:44 P

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i started working out on june 21 and so far im not sure if i have lost any weight but my legs are toned and i feel more entergetic ! i do zumba at home i actually follow various routines on the internet and i also walk 30 min to an hour 6 days a week so i get 90mns or more of workout a day ! i also track my food n cut out completely soda n sweets ! so i think zumba alone wont really help that much it has to be hand in hand with a balanced diet and extra exercise also i do streght training 3 times a week to tone up a little

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7/9/12 11:18 P

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Ramping up the activity is great. Really great!! For now, just try seeing what you're eating by writing it down and counting the calories. Do it here on Sparkpeople under nutrition. It will give you a good basis from which to make adjustments. I'm never an all or nothing person, so have a cookie or two but count them in. Keep us posted.

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7/9/12 8:45 P

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Thank you everyone for your advice! I was pretty much non-active prior to starting Zumba. I know I need to be more diligent on the food side of things. I have been eating more salads and more fruits and vegetables, but I have not cut out the cookies and ice cream. I kind of figured just doing some sort of intensive exercise after being sedentary would lead to at least a 5-10 pound loss. I guess that tactic isn't working. It's time to start tracking my food. Thanks again! Oh and btw, I started the 5K running program for rookies. DH and I are going to run a 5K in September!

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7/8/12 11:52 P

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Adding variety to your workout is always good.

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7/8/12 9:12 P

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I do zumba twice a week along with water aerobics once a week, but I have not seen any changes on the scale. Nevertheless, I have tons of energy, and most importantly, I really enjoy it. I am not surprised about the lack of weight loss because I have not changed my diet. For me, weight loss occurs when I am mindful of every bite and portion size. I plan to start that really soon. Maybe you could try that too and see what happens.

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7/8/12 2:23 A

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So you are only exercising 3 hours a week...for the whole week?

Everybody's metabolism and body composition is different, but for me that would not be nearly enough. I have found that I have to have an hour a day just for maintenance and if I want to lose weight, I need more like 1.5 hours minimum a day. I also need to lift weights a couple of times a week--cardio is not enough.

In terms of diet, you might want to experiment with different calorie intake levels and see if reducing carbs works for you.

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7/7/12 11:36 P

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Personally, I like adding variety to my workout. Sometimes, I do Zumba and other times I do bootcamp and interval workouts.

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7/7/12 10:41 P

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Beth,

I would have to say DO YOU COUNT CALORIES of each and EVERY food you eat? And are you creating a deficit that way?

Losing weight is simple math (with exception to medical problems ivolving hormonal things at times) so if you want to lose weight, you MUST burn more than you eat.

I'm also an instructor and have struggled with weight loss too. It's often the food that trips us up. If you are taking 3 Zumba basic classes a week (and sweating a good bit) and also doing Yoga (which is an EXCELLENT upper body and lower body workout), you should be sufficient on the exercise side. I would suspect it's your calories. It's SO tough sometimes - especially for us moms trying to feed kids stuff they will eat - but are you using Spark's calorie input to count those calories and get a calorie deficit rolling? If you go into the food part, it can help you come up with how much you should eat each day based upon your lifestyle.

Keep us posted!

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7/4/12 3:19 P

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First, congratulations on your motherhod. I have three too but they're now, 20, 18 and 12. It's so much more demading physically when they're under 6, but it does get easier. Congrats on doing so much Zumba. I do think adding Aqua Zumba and Zumba Toning will help and shape you even more. I teach Zumba and Zumba Toning (but I enjoy regular Zumba more). I also lost 30 pounds starting back around 5/09, but I also went to Weight Watchers. I had Lifetime status before I got married but it was all back and then some after kids. You can probably relate. Anyway, it was really time to take myself back and lose it all again, and then some. Weight Watchers gave me the tools and Zumba gave me the energy and confidence and I felt so good about myself. As a trained Dance Therapist, avid folk dancer and former Bellydancer, Zumba was easy for me to pick up and after the first class, I knew I wanted to teach. Becoming an instructor also "pays me to excersise". It is soo wonderful to get paid to excersise. And when Zumba doesn'tr really feel like work. It's the BEST! I use that money to get Personal Training in Boot camp style workouts and weight lifting, so I don't feel guilty getting the Personal Training at all. It's free at WW now and has been for a couple of years. I intend to keep it that way. I DO like being small. I go to WW at least 2x a month and I write EVERYTHING down. All the booze and icecream and cookies (but I try to just have small amounts now). Hope this answers your question. Beth

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7/4/12 12:44 P

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I am currently 205, after having 3 babies in the span of 4 years. They are currently 5, 3, and 2.

I have been doing Zumba at my local YMCA faithfully three times per week since Easter. My clothes seem to fit better, and I definitely feel more fit and have more muscle tone. I was between a 16W and an 18W, and now I am a solid 16W. I love Zumba and I love the instructors. Each instructor uses a different set of songs and routines, so I feel like I am working different muscle groups for each. One class is a Zumba toning class. They also offer an Aqua Zumba class that I would like to try. I also do a yoga class twice a week, but it is very low intensity, so although it is very beneficial, I know it is not really going to add to any weight loss.

Sadly, I have not lost any weight. In fact, I gained a little. I expected an initial small gain since I knew I would be gaining muscle, but it has been almost three months now and I'm beginning to wonder if Zumba is enough for weight loss. I am thankful for the small improvements I have made, and I am not giving up. I just wonder why I haven't lost any weight yet, and if I should be doing something else. Is Zumba enough? I'm a teacher, so I want to make as much progress as I can before the new school year begins.

I would appreciate any advice you could provide!!!

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