Can Pilates Help Me Lose Weight?

Brigette Clark

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Pilates is one of the hottest workout trends in the fitness world right now, and it’s easy to see why. With its combination of stretching, balancing, strengthening, and centering exercises, pilates can help you gain more flexibility and strength while promoting balance, wellness, and longevity in your life. But one question that often comes up is whether or not Pilates helps you lose weight – or whether it’s simply an exercise program to help you become more fit and flexible. Here are four ways you can lose weight with Pilates: 


An essential part of any exercise routine is simply showing up. Pilates, like any other form of physical activity, takes persistence to see results. Like anything else in life, if you skip workouts for a few days it’s likely that when you return it will be more difficult to catch up on your progress than if you never take a break at all. The key here is to try and make it part of your daily routine; schedule time on your calendar and try not to let other commitments interfere with that time.

Balanced Diet

Like with anything, eating a balanced diet is your key to losing weight. Pilates can be a great way to get more exercise, but it can’t replace a healthy diet. If you want to lose weight, make sure you stick to wholefoods. Skipping meals will only make it harder for your body to digest food properly.

Burning Calories

Pilates is a particularly effective form of exercise for burning calories. If your goal is to tone up, Pilates is a great choice for your workout routine. A 30-minute Pilates class can burn about 275 calories for the average person. That’s equivalent to running at 13 km/h on flat ground for 30 minutes!

Building Muscle

You might be wondering whether you can build muscle and still lose fat. Yes, it’s possible—and beneficial. Muscle burns more calories than fat does, even at rest, so building muscle through Pilates is a smart way to keep your body burning calories more efficiently throughout the day (which will in turn aid your workout efforts). 

Whilst Pilates is an amazing form of exercise that can assist with weight loss, at HOUSE OF SCULPT we are all about moving to feel good, rather than look good. Instead of focussing on how Pilates can alter your appearance, indulge in movement for how it will make you feel – confident, happy, and empowered. Move with us at HOUSE OF SCULPT. 
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