Pilates can help with Weight Loss!

Did you know that pilates can help you lose weight ?

Strength training is crucial for losing weight and keeping it off.  One of the most essential things to grasp when you are trying to lose weight is calories in, calories out.  If there is a calorie deficit your are going to lose weight.  If you are consuming more calories than you are utilising throughout the day then you will gain body fat. Muscle is a metabolically active tissue therefore the more muscle you have, the more calories you will consume at rest.

Calories in, calories out. If you have a calorie deficit, you're going to lose weight, if you consume extra calories, you'll gain body fat. While that's true, it's only part of the picture. Sure, you need a calorie deficit to lose weight, but how does your body actually use calories? It's your lean body mass, that muscle mass underneath your body fat, that burns calories 24/7, allowing you to actually eat more calories without gaining weight.

Muscle is a metabolically active tissue. It requires a certain number of calories each day to maintain itself. Therefore, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn even when you’re just sitting around. As your muscle mass drops, so does your daily calorie requirement. Suppose, for example, that a dieter loses 10 pounds of muscle (along with maybe 20 lbs. of fat) on a strict diet. Now suppose that each pound of muscle had been burning 50 calories a day just sitting there. Together, those 10 pounds of muscle had been burning 500 calories a day. With this muscle tissue gone, the dieter must now consume 500 fewer calories a day in order to maintain that weight-loss.