5 Ways to Boost Weight Loss With Pilates

Pilates exercises can be a great component of your weight loss efforts. You can make a real difference in how effective they will be for weight loss depending on how you do your Pilates workouts, and what you combine them with other aspects of your weight loss plan.

Here are 5 tips for using Pilates to aid weight loss, along with lots of linked articles to give you the details.

Workout to Burn Calories

Using an exercise ball.
Using an exercise ball. Yellow Dog Productions/Getty Images

To achieve weight loss, you have to burn more calories than you take in. Exercise, like Pilates, helps you do that. But if you want to increase your weight loss potential with Pilates, then you also need to find a way to step up the exertion level so that you burn more calories (as long as you can maintain good form). Here are tips for making your Pilates workouts burn more calories:

Another way to increase your weight-loss potential is to add calorie burning cardio activities to your workout program.

Build Fat Burning Muscle with Pilates Equipment

A Pilates instructor works with two students.
A Pilates instructor works with two students. Image Source/Getty Images

Pilates is known for creating long, lean-looking muscles, and muscle is a good fat burner.

Pilates mat exercises will get you started, but at a certain point you will want to add Pilates resistance equipment in order to build muscle, strength, and stamina. Be sure to get proper instruction in the use of Pilates equipment.

Learn about Pilates equipment:

Buy a Pilates Weight-Loss DVD

Working out to a Pilates DVD.
Working out to a Pilates DVD. andresr/Getty Images

Most Pilates weight-loss DVDs combine cardio and strength training. They also often use the smaller pieces of Pilates equipment like rings, balls, and bands. Pilates weight-loss DVDs are useful in that they give you a strong workout, they inspire you to workout at home, and they give you new ideas for designing your own workouts.

Reviews of Pilates DVDs that are suited to weight-loss goals:

Get Support from Pilates Classes

A Pilates class.
A Pilates class. Hero Images/Getty Images

There are lots of reasons to go to Pilates class and they don't depend entirely on home workouts. You will want to have an instructor who can keep you going and make sure that you are working out to your fullest potential. Also, one of the best reasons to go to class is the power of the group as a weight-loss tool.

If you want to lose weight healthfully, exercising regularly is critical. Being a committed member of class will motivate you to do that. Plus, research has shown that who you spend time with has a big influence on your weight and fitness level.

Eat for Health and Weight Loss

A tomato salad.
A tomato salad. Anthony-Masterson/Getty Images

There is no getting around it -- the combination of proper diet and exercise is the best way to weight loss. Proper diet for weight loss means a diet that is both nutritious, and low enough in calories that it helps you lose weight. Exercise, Pilates or other, won't help you lose weight unless you eat fewer calories than you burn.

Here are some dietary resources:

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