Weight loss is generally a sensitive topic for anyone trying to shed a few or more. It’s not easy. The results vary from person to person, and there’s an expectation from friends and family that you will undergo a drastic transformation without faltering here and there. As a result, weight loss always comes with a psychological burden, which can stop many from taking on the challenge.

The thing is though, weight loss is never a one-size-fits-all. Everyone is different in terms of their physical build, diet, mental status, lifestyle and social behaviour. All of these factors, and more, determine how you would react to trying to lose weight.

For example, someone who has plenty of emotional support and no expectations from family and friends is more likely to stay motivated compared to someone who is constantly being hit by a barrage of questions concerning their workout process, and how slow it’s going.

If this is true, then surely there needs to be change in how we view weight loss and the methods used to achieve it. In fact, here are two options you can look at and determine whether it’s a regimen that works for you.

Bodyweight training, together with meditation

Bodyweight training is perfect for people who feel intimidated by gyms and the people who frequent them. If you’re too self-conscious about your weight and appearance, you’re more likely to resist joining a gym. This technique is perfect for you because you use your body as resistance when training. What’s more, you can do it in your bedroom, outside in the open air, or anywhere at that. If you mix it with cardio, you’ll see results in a very short period of time.

However, we also recommend coupling it with meditation, especially mindfulness. This is because being self-conscious of your appearance, and perceiving it as unattractive, is an underlying issue that won’t go away even if you lose the weight you want to lose. Mindfulness will teach you patience, and also help you manage your expectations. Most importantly, it will help you sort through the issues that have made you self-conscious.

Group walk and discussions

Walking can help you lose a dramatic amount of weight, with someone weighing 220lbs burning up to 117 calories if they walk for a mile at a speed of 3mph. What’s more, you don’t need to walk fast or slow. You just need to walk at your own pace and regularly, increasing the distance you walk as you get used to it. When you’re in full gear, you can also substitute the elevator for stairs.

To help you stay on course, we recommend walking in a group, with likeminded people who provide encouragement and make you feel great about being you. You can start your own group with friends, and open up to them about the anxieties you have as a result of your weight and appearance, as well as the pressures. The aim is to openly talk about how you and your friends personally feel, and continue to provide sound advice.

There are more options available for you. The most important thing is finding the best weight loss plan that suits your needs, and also learning to manage your expectations. It goes without saying that weight loss must be supported with a healthy diet. However, this diet shouldn’t include starvation or consuming food that has no scientific proof of weight loss properties.