There is no getting around the fact that in order to shed pounds you must eat fewer calories than what you burn. If you want to lose weight in a healthy way, exercising regularly along with a balanced diet is essential. Exercise burns calories, and with Pilates exercise you will see extraordinary effects on the body. Pilates tightens your waistline and tones all of your muscles because each exercise is a full body workout. Pilates creates lean muscles, and that along with better posture will give you a trimmer appearance. Even if no weight is lost on the scale, your clothes will fit differently because Pilates does change the shape of your body. If you are feeling overweight and out of shape, the best part about Pilates exercise on the specialized apparatus is that a large percentage of the workout is spent lying down with your body supported by the machine. The spring resistance tones your muscles more efficiently than anything I’ve ever seen, and it helps mobilize and strengthen the joints without the burden of your full body weight. Engaging in an exercise program like Pilates promotes self-esteem and heightened lifestyle consciousness; both of which are associated with weight loss. In order to maximize weight loss, combining Pilates with cardiovascular cross training, such as walking, swimming and cycling will help you attain your weight-loss goals faster.