Pilates and Weight Loss – A Good Match? 7 Things To Consider

Can Pilates help with weight loss? It is nearly a 100 years ago the world first heard of Pilates, although originally this practice was referred to as Contrology. It is probably not surprising that the “inventor” was named Joseph Pilates.  He first developed these series of exercises to help rehabilitating soldiers from World War 1.   As it is today, the focus was on control, stretching and breathing.  Wikipedia notes that 11 million people were practicing Pilates in 2005.

Weight loss is all the rage.  Especially in the United States where obesity has become somewhat epidemic.  This condition is not limited to adults but affects children and teenagers alike.  We know today that there are many factors that can contribute to being overweight but at the very core of weight loss it boils down to a simple equation.

WEIGHT LOSS = CALORIES CONSUMED < CALORIES BURNED

So in other words, you have to eat less than you burn or burn more than you eat; however you want to look at it!  But remember the opposite is true, if your consuming more than you are burning then you are gaining.

A general guideline for calorie intake is about 2000 calories per day for men and 1800 a day for women.  But the reality is that the correct caloric intake for any individual will vary based on a number of factors like age, sex and activity level.

There are many caloric calculators online, its probably a good idea to find one from a reputable source and use that to determine your needs.  Knowing how much you should be consuming can help you avoid high calorie foods.

Pilates and weight loss can make a good combination, depending on your weight loss goals.  If you just want to lose pounds and don’t care about anything else, Pilates may not be a good option.  But frankly, if you want to lose weight, you are likely to be concerned with being in better shape and Pilates can help you with that.

  1. Pilates can be a good addition to a weight loss routine.  Because Pilates help to develop long lean muscles.  By developing your muscles, your weight loss may be more apparent because of the toning and sculpting effect the exercise can have on you.
  2. Pilates do not burn as many calories as other types of exercises, such as bicycling or swimming.  Given this, you should consider your objectives.  Is your goal to simply lose weight or do you want to get in shape too?
  3. It help to create lean muscle.  Lean muscle takes up less room than fat, as a result you may start to look slimmer sooner.
  4. It can be combined with other exercises to round out the calories burning.
  5. Because Pilates involves controlled breathing, it can help reduce stress.
  6. Properly practiced, Pilates can build the torso or core muscles as well as increase flexibility.  A more flexible body is less likely to be injured.
  7. An hour of Pilates can burn more than 200 calories per hour.

So for most people I think Pilates can be a real help. Isn’t that what we all want when it comes to weight loss, a little help? Every little piece of ammunition we can add to our plan is a help. So I recommend Pilates for weight loss as part of a bigger plan.

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