Originally Answered: Belly dance to loose body mass and to loose weight?
You have to understand that weight loss is more than 80% determined by diet, another 10% by genetics. Exercise really doesn't play as large of a role as you have been led to believe. Thats why all fitness programs insist that you follow a diet. Thats why you see all these obese people jogging, biking or doing extreme cardio at the gym for years. They don't change their eating habits.
Adopt a proper diet and you will get amazing results. I recommend a primal diet as it is the easiest way to lose and maintain weight without counting calories or feeling deprived. There is no point in counting calories. They are not equal. Its the type that you eat and not how many. You eat delicious satisfying meals made of up nutrient dense foods which keep cravings under control. You can learn all about it on marks daily apples free article how to succeed with the primal blueprint and find free recipes on stalkerville.net, also check out wheat belly blog and authority nutrition.
I'm 5'2'' and easily maintain 106 with over 2000 calories a day (its come out to that on days I've counted out of curiousity) and just light walking everyday + pilates/barre three times a week. If I begin to gain its not because of extra calories, its because I'm eating too much fruit and starches. As soon as I reduce them the few pounds come off in a few days.
You don't even have to do a ketogenic diet if you are patient. You can do 50-100 NET carbs a day without counting calories, doing a ton of stressful cardio and still lose about 2 lbs a week. You don't even have to eat 100% primally, you can have smart indulgences and treats. I still eat some things that aren't primal but don't make me gain like beans or their products (example banza or explore asian pastas), full fat dairy, peanuts/pure peanut butter, stevia/erythritol sweeteners, low carb deserts like on all day i dream about foods blog etc... Just eat smart foods and smart exceptions when you are hungry and finish when you feel satisfied.
For exercise, you don't need to do overrated heavy cardio. It will stress you, provoke hunger and it doesn't really deliver results. Just walk everyday from a slow to moderate pace. That is more than enough and healthier for your heart.
Besides that focus on TONING. This is what makes the biggest difference after diet. When you tone you lose inches (not lbs) as you tighten and lift your body. You create lean muscle which has you burning more fat even when you are just sitting around or sleeping. Muscle eats fat. Lots of overrated intense cardio will never do that.
I suggest pilates or barre. It is not stressful and its great for women. You will sculpt long lean muscles which are feminine and not thick/bulky/masculine like most of the women you see at crossfit for example. You can do barre3 online which is only 120$ for an entire years membership or 15$ a month. I highly recommend it.
If you don't want to spend any money however, there are many amazing free youtube channels which offer pilates and barre videos. Some of the best are: Tracy Campoli, Blogilates, Tone it up, Ks perfect fitness tv, Andrea Ramirez, Jessica Smith Tv, Lauren Hefez, Xhitdaily, Sarah fit, Sean Vigue Fitness, Popsugarfitness, Befit, Livestrong women.
All you need for pilates and barre online programs whether barre3 or free youtube vids are your body to use as resistance, a yoga/pilates mat, light weights or resistance bands, a pilates ball and a chair the majority of the time. All of this you either have or can purchase for very cheap at target. You can do it from a tablet or laptop in your own bedroom or living room.
Just be patient, stick to this healthy lifestyle and you will eventually reach your goal without suffering. You will maintain it for life, stress free and happy as you should be!