is a claim you’ll never hear me make.
We’ve all heard that sitting is the new smoking, right?
For me it’s Pinterest.
I get pretty obsessed with home décor pins, especially since we just moved to a new house and I have a blank slate on which to build my dream home. Or a dreamier home. Or at least a more functional home.
Eventually, reality takes hold and I realize I probably won’t have an expertly curated entryway with the perfect blend of Mid-century modern, California bohemian, and southern farmhouse charm.
But a girl can dream, can’t she.
I was scrolling through the general feed this morning when I saw a pin proclaiming 15 Yoga Poses That Make Belly Fat Go Away.
I was skeptical yet curious, so I clicked the bait.
I’ve done a fair amount of yoga in my lifetime but nothing I did ever made my belly fat “go away.” That would be awesome!
What I found was a series of standard, core-focused exercises like planks, side angle, Boat pose, side plank, and even Crane. All being demonstrated by people with no visible belly fat!!
A further investigation revealed posts claiming to remove ALL belly fat with five poses, 20-minute rapid weight-loss routines, as well as (and I love this one) 14 Kickass Yoga Poses That Will Burn Fat Fast.
That seems a little aggressive for yoga, doesn’t it?
I could go in a lot of different directions here, and I’ll confess I didn’t read the post line for line.
But I know enough to realize that certain exercises done in a particular sequence for so many reps several times a week will NOT make belly fat go away, and it’s time to stop believing the lie, even if fitness marketing won’t stop telling the lie.
I am so tired of the BS. Once I turned 50, my tolerance for it took a dive. As much as I would loveto find a pill or machine that would magically keep me at my ideal weight with little or no effort or discomfort on my part, it ain’t out there, and the sooner we accept that, the better.
Belly fat doesn’t melt. Neither does inner-thigh fat, upper arm fat, or (one of my favorites) bra fat. Some of it is just skin. Some of it is our body’s unique composition. I am 5’2” with boobs and a butt. I was a gymnast and have the thighs to prove it. I’m also 51 years old and in the throes of menopause, which means I’m getting thicker around the middle, and I don’t like it! This is not the body I grew up with!!
Before Thanksgiving last year, I lost close to 10 pounds, and you know how I did it? I quit eating so much! I literally kept track of my daily caloric intake–breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I was shocked by how many calories certain beverages had (wine, anyone?). I thought I’d lose the first five pounds easy within a week.
Newsflash! I didn’t.
I had to limit myself to about 1,000 calories a day for nearly four weeks before I began to experience any weight loss.
But once I did, I must confess I felt great! Not only physically, but mentally. I had a situation I wanted to change, and I changed it!
But y’all, I was hungry! Not to the point of starving, but there were many nights I went to bed craving something salty and crunchy, and I just had to tell myself no.
But I teach Pilates and stay (relatively) active, and get a workout in several times a week! What gives?
You can’t out exercise a bad diet.
This is not a blog about weight loss. I am not a nutritionist or life coach. I have a weight that feels best on my body, and I’m sorry to say it’s eluded me for many years. I’m currently back to where I was before Thanksgiving and plan to return to healthier habits very soon. But it takes planning and preparing and thinking ahead, and frankly all my mental energy lately has been focused on our recent move.
SO, you may be thinking “What does this say about Pilates?” CanPilates help you lose weight, or is it just another pipe dream?
Yes, it can, and here’s why.
- Pilates helps you get re-acquainted and connected with your body. Until that happens, we’ll never connect the dots between what our body really needs for nourishment and what it craves out of boredom, anxiety, or nervous energy.
- A full-body Pilates workout will tame the boredom, anxiety, and nervous energy, clearing your mind to make better choices, for your health and your life. Joe Pilates stated that physical fitness is the first requisite to happiness. Happy, calm, centered people consistently make good choices.
- Pilates will strengthen your body from the inside-out. After 10 sessions, you WILL sense a greater degree of tone around your waistline, which is often the first place people look when measuring success in a weight loss program. You may actually lose inches before you lose pounds, making your clothes will fit better!
- The more you do Pilates, the better you’ll feel. And the better you feel, the more you’ll want to do Pilates! And you’ll want to feel good while doing Pilates, so you’ll pay more attention to how you fuel your body surrounding your sessions.
- Once Pilates becomes part of your lifestyle, you’ll reap the benefits like less stress, better sleep, and increased focus. These rewards are priceless, and you’ll want to nurture and protect them.
Pilates alone will not make you lose weight but combining it with a healthy diet can certainly be a vital tool in your weight-loss, active-lifestyle arsenal.
So until that magic pill or futuristic machine comes along that melts off the fat, stick with what really works: Eat less; move more.
In the meantime, a girl can dream.
If you’ve been waiting until you lose that pesky 10 pounds before starting Pilates, wait no more! The time is now, and I would love to help you get started on a lifetime of healthy choices. Book an Introductory Private today for just $35 and get ready to be transformed from the inside out!