Pilates as a weight loss tool

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Burn calories, boost your metabolism and feel excellent with Pilates

Pilates is a low impact, enjoyable form of exercise that celebrates controlled movement and core focus. When combined with a well-maintained, healthy diet, as well as a keen dedication to improving your performance, Pilates can be an excellent addition to your weight loss regime. To get you started looking your best, we’ve answered a few common questions when it comes to weight loss through Pilates:

How many calories does Pilates burn?

We cannot stress the importance of pairing a healthy diet with your Pilates classes. Weight loss is largely a numbers game and this boils down to calories consumed minus the calories you burn over a consistent amount of time. When you are burning more calories than you are consuming, the body will naturally turn to its fat reserves for fuel. Turning this exercise - eat well cycle into an achievable lifestyle routine will largely determine your level of success.

How often should one practice Pilates?

This depends completely on your weight loss goals and available time. Yet when keeping in mind burning more calories means burning more fat, it can’t hurt to commit to an extra day or two above your current Pilates classes to really give that added weight a run for its money.

If you’re just starting out then sticking to 2 to 3 days a week will be a great kick off platform for you. But if you’ve got the Pilates basics down it would be a great idea to kick up the intensity a bit to see a real change.

How does Pilates boost your metabolism?

Pilates is a wonder when it comes to boosting your metabolism, which in turn means you’ll burn more calories. Hoorah! By helping you build lean muscle mass, your body will require more energy to function on a day-to-day basis. The more muscle mass you have, the more energy you will need. But don’t worry ladies; you won’t end up looking like a super-charged body builder, far from it. Through the intentional, controlled movements of your deepest muscles, you’ll improve your functional strength and muscle tone at a comfortably managed progression.

What exactly is the Pilates effect?

While this sounds very much like a butterfly unveiling itself from its cocoon, the concept is quite simple. With consistent Pilates classes and ongoing dedication, your muscle tone is improved as well as your posture and core strength. This can make you start to ‘look’ slimmer without having yet lost loads of weight. This is a great point of motivation and positivity for further progress as it improves self esteem and confidence, both essential for losing weight!

Does less stress mean less weight?

Finally, Pilates has the added benefit of enhancing your ‘happy’ hormones and curbing stress through its controlled breathing & increased oxygen distribution among other factors. Less stress means a happier, well-balanced hormone level. Why is this important? Well stress is linked to heightened cortisol and insulin levels and that makes us want sugary, fatty, bad-for-you foods.  One study even revealed that incorporating just two days of Pilates a week could significantly reduce stress.

You deserve to feel great about the way you look, start a Pilates class and reap the benefits today!

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