Fat is one of the most stubborn parts of the human body, and most people find it very difficult to lose fat for good. A lot of the time, fat will come off temporarily and will only come back later, much to the dismay of the people who just went through an intense regimen to lose weight in the first place. Especially if the weight comes off very quickly, your body will feel as though it went through a major shock and will try to bounce back to an equilibrium that it is comfortable with. That’s why many people have difficulty keeping weight off after a diet.
It’s important to not only have a plan to lose weight but to also have a plan for maintaining your weight after you have put in the hard work to shed your extra pounds. When talking about weight adjustment strategies, there has always been a tried-and-true combination: diet and exercise.
It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy diet is a great way to ensure you get the nutrients you need to hold a healthy weight. There are a lot of diet programs that believe that by removing certain elements of your diet, you will lose weight quicker. This may be true, but it may also mean that your body is not receiving enough of the nutrients it needs to function properly. This may also contribute to a larger shock to the body over the course of the diet, which may result in your body trying to bounce back harder as it attempts to recover lost nutrients.
Most dietitians believe that the key to a healthier diet is not to remove vital nutrients your body needs, but simply to reduce the amount of intake of everything. Less food means fewer calories, and a lower opportunity for the body to turn it into fat. Most importantly, because you haven’t cut out your normal foods, your body feels less of a shock when adjusting to the new intake, and will want to bounce backless.
It’s also important to maintain a healthy diet after you have finished your weight loss program, finding the right amount of food intake to allow you to maintain weight, rather than lose it. It’s a balancing act that may take a little while to get right, but it’s worth the experimentation.
Of course, you can’t just adjust what comes in and expect results. You need a regimen that allows you to burn just as much as you’re putting in. Exercise has always been the number one recommendation on how to burn your calories and remove your fat, with pilates becoming one of the newest ways to do just that.
One form of irritating fat build-up is called cellulite. These little pockets of fat collecting just below the skin, creating dimpling on the thighs, hips, and butt. Pilates is an especially useful tool for combating cellulite, as it focuses largely on the core muscles in the abs, back, hips, and butt. Although it is largely meant for core strength, it has the added benefit of burning cellulite.
Pilates is also a generally good exercising method to allow you to maintain a healthy weight and give your body cues as to when it may or may not require extra calories. Those who take pilates have often stated that they have a better understanding of what their body needs after they started the program, and have found it easier to avoid stress-eating and focus on portion control.
Keeping a balanced and healthy lifestyle in both diet and exercise is key to ensuring you reach your goals and maintain them. At Pilates Difference, our certified instructors will guide you through the process, and help support you in your process. If you’re looking for a regimen to help you feel better and more confident in your body, drop us a line today and feel the pilates difference for yourself!