Pilates and Weight Loss: Does It Really Work?

What is Pilates? Originally Pilates was popular with dancers and in rehabilitation. Pilates have evolved through the years and there are a number of different techniques and schools teaching slightly different variations. This very popular form of exercise has been favored by everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Madonna to seven-foot-tall professional basketball players.

Pilate’s exercises mainly target the back, abdominal and hip muscles and they use the body’s own weight and resistance to work the specific muscles. Exercises are meant to be performed slowly and in a controlled fashion. In its theory, it teaches the body how to use its own mechanisms to recruit the ‘core’ muscles throughout the body.

If you want to lose weight fast, Pilates is not the exercise for you. But if you’re looking to not only lose weight but to tone and look slimmer, then making Pilates part of your exercise routine will help you in the long run. According to Pilate’s inventor Joseph Pilates, the exercise method is designed to benefit not only your body, but also your spirit and mind.

Yep, doing Pilates alone will not help you lose a significant amount of weight. But this doesn’t mean that Pilates can’t indirectly help you lose weight. Pilates gives you a gentle introduction to the world of movement. Once you’ve begun to build muscle using Pilates, you’ll be able to perform more exercises with increased comfort and less difficulty. Pilates may help you “stay in the game” longer when you’re working out, and keep you from getting sidelined with an injury.

If you really want to lose weight, you’ve got to get up and get moving. Boost your calorie-burning potential by incorporating aerobics and strength-training exercises along with Pilates. To maintain weight or lose weight, you need to perform Pilates for a minimum of 45 minutes at least four days a week. Still, don't forget your intake -- assess your diet and make healthy diet choices to reduce calorie consumption.

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