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If you only eat home cooked food, and don't eat pre-packaged food, you will be on the right track. Absolutely no soda pop. Keep your cupboards simple and devoid of snack foods. Easy on the alcoholic beverages too! Cook from scratch.
Over the years, as Americans have eaten out more and lost the ability to cook, they've gotten fatter. Also, always park far away from the store and use stairs instead of elevators. Our reliance on the automobile is a big part of our problem.
This is good advice. Recent research is showing that cutting calories or carbs, not exercise, is the key to losing weight so making healthier choices is important.
Not that it isn't good to exercise, but weight loss is tied to food choices more than exercise. At least according to recent research as noted.
The science is in: Exercise isn’t the best way to lose weight - YouTube
But, it also help our overall health to exercise; including mental health.
Our hospital started a 3 month challenge for employees. It included paying for one month at all local gyms/workout centers. There are also times during the work day when employees will walk together around the hospital. There are also health-related classes once a week. And incentives for weight loss or inches lost. We were given one of those "Fitbit" type wrist devices and share the results on a private FB page for the employees, as well as diet tips, etc.
You have to find something you will enjoy doing because it is very hard to keep up with something for a lifetime.
I love to hike.
I've jogged off and on for 30 years and I trained for a half-marathon a few years ago and ran it. But I don't do this on a regular basis.
So, I find local places to hike or I take a walk every day in my own neighborhood. (I hate treadmills - too boring).
Good luck. I'd start with a check up with your physician first. Get blood tests, etc.