Do Pilates and weight loss go together?
That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? 😉
Before I tell you how you can use Pilates for weight loss though, I want to talk a little bit about some rumors going around about how Pilates and weight loss don’t mix, and that it’s a waste of your time. But I want to tell you why I disagree with this idea and then you can draw your own conclusion.
Pilates Was Never Meant to Be Used as a Weight Loss Tool
It’s true that Pilates was not meant to be used for weight loss.
It was actually developed as a strength and rehabilitation tool for bedridden soldiers in World War I. That’s why the Pilates Reformer looks more like a bed than something you would use for exercise :).
There’s also the fact that the total number of calories you would burn during a “moderate” one hour session of Pilates is on the low side (when you compare it to one hour of other forms of fat burning exercise).
But here’s the problem I have with this…
The amount of calories you can burn doing one particular type of exercise is not the *only* thing you should be concerned with when you want to lose weight.
There are many other factors you should consider too, such as the intensity level of the exercise, duration of the exercise, your particular skill level (beginner or advanced), amount and type of cardio you will be doing, your diet, your age, and so on.
Here’s the thing…
If your primary goal is to lose weight with Pilates, then you need to use a combination of a proper diet, strength training, and cardio in order to facilitate weight loss, no matter what form of exercise you choose to do.
You can read more about how to lose weight with Pilates in this article.