I want to take belly dancing to lose weight. Will this dance help me to do so?
This is a very popular question which many women who are considering taking lessons ask either before or during class sessions. The instructors will supply guidelines to assist weight loss.
Commit to Losing Weight
The first decision is to make a commitment to lose a certain amount of pounds within a period of time. Select small units of weight loss. The reason for this is not to lose weight so quickly that you find yourself hungry or frustrated and binge eats undoing efforts. The time frame is to allow a healthy and reasonable amount of weight loss. For example, losing two pounds a month and keeping it off is a realistic goal.
People who lose large amounts of weight in a short period of time will create folds of hanging skin. The skin which has been stretched with extra weight will pull and hang in folds. Exercising is important to help the skin gain tightness, toning, and elasticity in order to return to normal.
Costumes Motivate Weight Loss
Belly dancing is a unique dance form which works naturally with the female body and the dancer wears beautiful costumes. The costumes are a great incentive for any woman to lose excess fat. The excitement of performing is a turning point for many women to look in the mirror and make desired physical changes.
Beautiful costumes camouflage or hide body faults, but the dancer can continue to be mentally and physically attractive during her weight loss program. As she loses weight, the costuming will change and she is rewarded with beautiful gifts for her exercises, dancing movements, and healthy eating habits.
Dancers Are Focused
Many students of this dance are so preoccupied and focused on learning and performing that weight loss is put on the back burner. They are not preoccupied with counting and measuring calories because they become mentally, psychologically, and physically active with dancing. With months of increased activity and performances, each woman can experience weight loss or see results of trimmed and toned muscles.
Performances bring many compliments from fellow students, families, friends, and people in the audience. These positive compliments help many individuals to continue their journey towards becoming slender and taking pride in their appearance.
This dance requires discipline, patience with the learning curve, private practice, rehearsals, before and after exercises, and new skills. Nutrition knowledge and portion control needs to be managed.
Bad versus Good Eating Habits
Approach eating as a nutritionist and eat those foods which are beneficial to one’s health. Eliminate hydrogenated fats, animal saturated fats, no fructose corn syrup and artificial sugars, no diet drinks, and if the label has ingredients which you cannot pronounce, do not eat or drink it. Avoid fast foods and commercially prepared foods. In other words eat foods in its most natural state. Learn to steam, boil, bake, or sauté foods. Avoid deep fried foods and large portions of candies and desserts.
If you are a daily junk food eater or have unhealthy eating habits, changing to a healthy eating lifestyle may seem difficult or shocking. However, reaping the benefits of these food types has wonderful rewards. There are many varieties of foods available from nature’s bounty. People have discovered that eating natural foods satisfies their hunger and boosts their energy level resulting in weight loss.
Feel and look beautiful; take belly dancing classes to not only lose weight but to build a positive self- image, self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence.