How should I diet during a Pilates regime?

Filed under: Pilates Features — Susan on March 26, 2014

A key point to remember is that Pilates is best conducted on a fairly empty stomach. This is due to the nature of the regime, in that it often targets the core area, placing strain on the abdominals. You will want to ensure that you have sufficient energy to perform your Pilates regime, so foods that are complex carbohydrate rich and lean proteins are good food choices to make. It is also vital that you keep your body hydrated, and keep taking sips of water when you feel thirsty before, during and after your routine.

Some people find that drinking a high protein shake drink prior to working out can help to maintain energy levels throughout. Consuming protein in liquid form prior to undertaking your Pilates regime means that you can complete your workout with ease, as you are not full and bloated, and your body has sufficient energy to fuel itself throughout. You can choose to either blend a couple of teaspoons of a protein supplement with fruits that are low on the GI index, such as berries, pears, apples or cherries. Alternatively, you can go for the pre-made protein shakes, which can be found in health food shops and some supermarkets

Calorie intake

It is important to note that Pilates does not burn as many calories as running or other fitness classes, so a diet high in calories should be avoided. The philosophy of Pilates is about a balancing of the body and mind, and it is this same philosophy of awareness and balance that should be applied to your diet when undertaking a Pilates regime. While Pilates isn’t known as a fat burning, heavy weight loss regime, it’s capable of supporting a weight loss programme and giving its practitioners a more streamlined appearance. This is what makes it unique, as it changes your body shape without having a dramatic impact on your weight. The weight loss becomes more apparent if combined with a healthy diet and some cardio/aerobic exercise.

All about balance

There are a number of scientifically proven and formulated plans that you could follow; just adapt them to suit your Pilates regime. Healthy living can be achieved through a well-balanced diet containing proper nutrition. When planning your meals, make sure you combine small amounts of food from across the major food groups. Don’t forget to include fish in your weekly diet plan; fish rich in Omega 3 should be eaten once or twice a week. By balancing the fat/carbohydrate and protein to support and complement your Pilates training, you will be able to curb cravings, increase the body’s fat burning potential and reduce inflammation. As you see your energy levels increase, you will soon be able to make it through the day without the dreaded mid-afternoon slump. With a reduction in inflammation and improved digestion and health, you ultimately will reduce the risk of disease and sickness, as your immune system will see the benefit of your change in lifestyle and diet.

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