Simple rule of weight loss- if calories in are less then calories burned, weight loss will occur.
I struggled for years with trying to loose weight and tried all different kinds of diets. Would loose weight in the short term, but would eventually put it back on.
One of my big issues was "stress eating"... I would come home from work and eat to deal with issues and decompress. Luckily I didn't pick up other bad habits such as excessive alcohol use or smoking. I also become the classic couch potato and would spend hours mindlessly binge watching shows or cruising the internet.
In September 2017 I went to a hypno therapist to work on dealing with the stress and weight loss. Not here to debate the merits of hypnosis, but simply said, it worked for me.
Didn't make major changes to my behavior and habits, but simple things - when I feel stressed, drink a glass of water instead of eat. When I feel stressed, take a walk to decompress instead of eating. Be more physically active instead of being a couch potato.
5 hypnotherapy sessions over the course of 3-4 months lead me to loose 60 lbs in 6 months (Feb. 2018). Since then I have maintained the weight loss and want to work on dropping another 10-15 lbs before Feb 2019.
Since I started this journey. Me and my wife were amazed at how much our weekly grocery bill changed - we were literally buying half the amount of food we did in the past - and the stuff we are buying is healthier. I walk on average 3 or 4 times a day, and try to get in 5-6 miles each day. My wife who has always been more in shape then me and was walking regularly lost 15 lbs by osmosis as my good habits rubbed off on her and she joined me on my walks.