Will bellydance help me lose weight?
As a personal trainer I can tell you with confidence that there is no easy answer to this. Losing weight depends on a lot of variables. Your current health and medications can affect weight loss, as can your current activity levels, caloric intake, level of intensity of exercise and how frequently you exercise.
All that being said, if you are sedentary then any form of movement is good for you. Bellydance is a great way to start. A beginning bellydance class is a great low impact activity. However, it is a dance class and time is usually taken to stop and explain movements and foot patterns along with musical interpretation and cultural understanding. So one should not expect to lose any significant amount of weight from a bellydance class alone.
If weight loss is your goal then consulting your physician is the first step, after which I recommend consulting a certified nutritionist and a personal trainer (such as myself) to develop a training plan that will help you accomplish your goals. To learn more about what I can do for you as a personal trainer click here.