Will Pilates Help Me Lose Weight?

Pilates for Weight Loss

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Question: Will Pilates Help Me Lose Weight? I am interested in weight loss and want to know if Pilates will get me to that goal. Is Pilates enough? What else should I do?

Answer: Speaking from personal experience and observation over the course of many years, I can say with some certainty that anyone who commits to Pilates workouts will create a trimmer appearance, and most will lose significant weight.

Pilates is famous for creating long, lean, fit bodies. There are many ways that doing Pilates supports weight loss and a trimmer appearance:

Exercise Burns Calories

How many calories you burn depends on your body type and your level of exertion. Pilates is a strength workout rather than a cardio workout.

Pilates promotes deep and efficient respiration, which is essential for calorie burning and tissue regeneration.

Pilates is an enlivening workout that can help sustain energy levels throughout your day. However, it is not usually done as aerobic exercise. Therefore, some people enjoy combining Pilates with aerobic/cardio exercise in order to maximize their weight loss.

Pilates Creates Muscle

Pilates exercises build muscle, especially in the powerhouse of the body - the core, abdominals, and glutes. Creating lean muscle mass, as Pilates does, is one of the best ways to increase your calorie-burning potential.

Look Thinner and Leaner with Pilates

Pilates tones and shapes the body as it strengthens and develops the muscles. This will create a lean shape that many people are after by pursuing weight loss. Sample some Pilates mat exercises:

One of the best ways to look and feel thinner is to have beautiful posture.

Pilates creates a leaner look by emphasizing both length and good alignment.

Build Your Self-Esteem and Confidence with Pilates

Engaging in an exercise program, like Pilates, promotes self-esteem and heightened lifestyle consciousness. Both are associated with weight loss.

Get Started with Weight Loss

If you are interested in weight loss you will want to investigate About.com's Weight Loss site, which is excellent. You will also find many tools for weight loss at About.com's Calorie-Count website. Calorie-Count provides a tremendous amount of information about foods and the calories and nutrition they provide, as well as a community of like-minded people sharing experiences and supporting each other.

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