When you’re looking to lose weight, a program like XB Pilates or Xtend Barre might not come to mind first—but maybe they should.
“With consistent use of XB Pilates, our workouts can help with weight loss goals,” says trainer Jane Cordiner.
“Although founded on traditional Pilates principles, we recommend adding low-impact cardio to maximize calorie burn,” he adds.
Combined with strengthening moves, “these low-impact cardio sequences can help with weight loss.”
How pilates can help you lose weight
Although Pilates burns fewer calories than a high-intensity cardio session, it can still be a helpful part of your weight-loss journey, especially when you choose a program like XB Pilates that includes cardio.
Because it gives you these benefits:
- Tones the stomach and hip area, giving you a slimmer look.
- Increases strength and flexibility.
- Fun and motivating workouts encourage you to stick with the program.
- Gives you the confidence to make other healthy changes.
How often should you do Pilates for weight loss?
If you’re just starting out, do Pilates two or three times a week for the first few weeks. Build up from there until you’re exercising four to five times a week.
With Pilates, as with any workout plan, consistency is key, Cordiner says. This leads to better results.
If you can increase your effort and do it more often, you’ll burn more calories each week.
How the ‘Pilates Effect’ can help
XB Pilates supports weight loss when paired with a healthy eating plan and was also designed to improve flexibility and posture, Cordiner says.
Plus, the program’s focus on the core means those who take regular classes stand taller and feel stronger.
Even if the scale doesn’t budge, you may notice that you feel different or your body looks different.
“The ‘Pilates effect’ is that you feel more confident,” she says “It can make you make more healthy lifestyle changes that can be part of your weight loss.”
Make Pilates part of your weight-loss plan
The energetic nature of XB Pilates can motivate you to make other changes to achieve and maintain weight loss and muscle definition.
Here are some considerations.
A proper diet
Exercise and proper diet go hand in hand when it comes to weight loss and strength gain.
Pair your Pilates workouts with a meal prep plan or follow a simple, effective nutrition plan that still allows you to eat the foods you love, like 2B Mindset or Portion Fix.
Cut the sugar again
While sweets can still be an occasional indulgence, cutting back (or taking a break) can help you create a regular calorie deficit, which is essential for weight loss.
Cutting out sugar also has other benefits, such as reduced inflammation and sustained energy.
Make time for sleep
A study in the Journal of Obesity noted that skimping on the amount of sleep you get or having inconsistent sleep habits can hinder weight loss efforts.
Good news, though: exercise and good sleep are linked, so it’s possible that your XB Pilates classes can help you snooze as well as lose weight!