According to The American Council on Exercise, hula hooping burns approximately 7 calories per minute, or 420 calories per hour. Any activity that allows someone to burn more calories than consumed assists with weight loss. So, it is possible to lose weight by hula hooping.
According to the SparkPeople calorie burn calculator, a 175-pound person burns approximately 271 calories walking at an average rate of 3 mph for one hour, compared to 462 calories in the same amount of time hula hooping. This means hula hooping burns approximately 70 percent more calories than walking. Hoopnotica recommends learning to hoop on other parts of the body, such as the arms, legs and neck, to maximize potential calorie burn.