Both nutrition and regular exercise are essential to losing weight and getting in shape, which is the goal of many when summer comes around. To lose weight healthfully, you need to eat nutrient-rich foods and exercise regularly—and a Pilates practice can help you do just that.
Starting or expanding a Pilates program will boost your efforts to eat healthy while working wonders for your body and overall health. Here are a few tips for using Pilates classes to boost your weight loss efforts:
1. Go for the burn. To lose weight, you ultimately have to burn more calories than you consume. Regular Pilates classes and reformer workouts will help you do that. You’ll burn calories during the workout and also rev your metabolism, which will increase your body’s fat burning capability for the rest of the day.
2. Boost lean muscle mass. The resistance training that reformers workouts and mat classes provide creates long, lean-looking muscles. Creating muscle mass is one the best ways to increase your fat burning potential. In easy terms, the more lean muscle you have, the faster your body burns fat and calories. Another way to build lean muscle mass is by eating lean protein, which is highly recommended by nutrition counselors and doctors at weight management centers. Stay abreast of the latest nutrition information so you’ll know the best ways to fuel your body.
3. Take regular Pilates classes. Working with an instructor, coupled with the power of a group, motivates you and helps you strive for your highest potential. If you take class with friends, the camaraderie will keep you going and help you stay committed to a consistent schedule. Plus, an instructor will correct any issues you have with form, and help you ensure your posture is correct. Good posture is one of the best ways to both look and feel thinner, while boosting circulation and lymphatic flow.
4. Eat healthy. To lose weight, you must strive for a healthy diet—there is no easy way around that fact. Aim for fresh, organic, whole foods that are packed with the essential nutrients your body needs to function properly. Arm yourself with cutting-edge nutrition information so you know what you’re putting in your body and what’s best for it.