Will Winsor Pilates 20 Min Workout Make Me Lose Weight?

Using Winsor Pilates for your exercise routine is a good way to improve core strength and posture. While "Winsor Pilates: 20 Minute Workout" is a beginner's video that may not burn a large number of calories, if you follow a regular routine, you should lose a few pounds. If you are looking for a faster way to lose weight, you can reap the benefits of Winsor Pilates by including other types of exercise and revamping your diet.

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The Winsor Pilates Workout

"Winsor Pilates: 20 Minute Workout" consists of 13 beginners' Pilates exercises that are performed throughout the course of the video. The host, Mari Winsor, reviews the basics of Pilates in the beginning of the video and then goes on to narrate the exercises while five participants demonstrate. Her instruction is very detailed and aimed toward Pilates beginners. The intensity is low and involves a reasonable amount of rest time between exercises.

Calories In, Calories Out

To lose weight, you must follow the basic rule of calories in, calories out. One pound of body fat equals 3,500 calories, so to lose 1 pound a week, you must maintain a calorie deficit of 500 calories per day either through exercise, diet or a combination of both. For instance, if you regularly consume 2,000 calories per day, you must either eat 1,500 calories per day instead, or if you burned 300 calories through exercise, you can consume 1,800 calories.

Types of Exercise

According to HealthStatus.com, a 150-pound person doing 20 minutes of beginner's Pilates will burn only 84 calories. Considering you need a calorie deficit of 500 per day, you must then either work out via other forms of exercise, or shave 416 calories off your caloric intake for the day. To get the most bang for your buck, running, cycling and rowing will burn the most calories in the least amount of time. Twenty minutes of vigorous running, cycling or rowing by a 150-pound person will burn 261, 240 and 198 calories, respectively. If weight loss is your goal, add aerobic exercises to your Pilates routine.

Benefits of Pilates

While a daily routine of 20 minutes of Winsor Pilates may not fulfill the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation of 150 to 300 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity, it is a valuable strength training activity. Improved posture, core strength and increased flexibility are noticeable after just a few sessions of Pilates exercise. In addition, Winsor Pilates' low-impact moves are ideal for those who are recovering from an injury or who cannot participate in vigorous exercise.

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