There are many different philosophies and diet plans that make it difficult to decide what needs to be done in order to start losing weight. Although knowing how to lose weight and taking action in order to lose weight are two very different things, it helps to first learn how to lose the weight so you can make the action of losing weight a lot easier.
I believe it is important to try to simplify things when it comes to weight loss because making so many drastic changes to your diet at one time often leads to a short lived attempt at weight loss followed by a re-feed or gaining all of the weight back.
The first step is to tweak your diet so you are eating at a weekly calorie deficit. A good way to start is to calculate how many calories your body uses to function on a daily basis. You can find many BMR calculators online that will tell you approximately how many calories your body uses each day. From there, you will want to keep track of your calories and eat under that amount. For example, if your BMR is 1900 calories, then a good target to hit would be something like 1700 calories total for the day.
Balancing Your Diet
There are likely some immediate changes to your diet which will greatly help you eat under your BMR each day. For example, if you are consuming 4 regular sodas each day you should definitely try to eliminate the habit. Eat soda is 140 calories and consuming 4 brings it to a total of 560 calories. A great alternative would be to try one of the zero calorie sodas instead.
Make sure you try to include high protein for each meal. Foods like chicken and fish are very lean sources of protein. Another great source of protein is cottage cheese. There are a number of recipes out there to make any of these taste great. If you still don’t think you can add enough protein to your diet, then you can consider a whey protein supplement.
Try to get solid exercise at least 2-3 times per week. Even if you are only able to workout for 30 minutes it is still going to help you lose more weight. Just make sure you are pushing your limits during those 30 minutes to get the best workout each time.
Also, consider weight training for weight loss. Many people overlook it, but weight training is arguably even more effective for weight loss than cardio. This is because your body burns more calories when it is in the process of repairing muscle tissue after resistance training.