You didn't plan to gain weight, but if you seriously need and want to lose weight, you will need a weight loss system. In this modern era, many of the things that helped make you gain weight will still be there before, during, and after any weight loss program you may undertake. Your weight loss journey will be along a route littered with many temptations, many of the same ones that have caused your problem in the first place. Just like any journey, you will need a map, some sort of weight loss plan, to arrive safely at your destination.
Sticking with the map and journey analogy, two travelers often reach the same spot by different routes. Some have faster vehicles and shoot down the road while others want to sightsee along the way, or just don't have cars fast enough or in good enough mechanical condition to fly like the wind.
Some will be tourists, and their maps will include stops at points of interest, while others may be in a hurry and their maps will show the quickest route from point A to point B.
Your plan for losing weight is somewhat like that. You will have to take into account many factors, and not all will be health or fitness related.
What is your schedule like? Is it hurried and rushed? Does it need to be that way? Where will you find the time to exercise?
Do you have to eat out a lot? How can you get the proper food to fit your weight loss plan.
Just like taking that trip requires some active planning and thought on your part, your weight loss system requires you to take an active part in its planning stages and during the weight loss process itself. However, remember that you are the one who should design the system. Not all systems will be perfect, and someone else's system might not work for you. Also, just like the business traveler who takes a few hours off from the business demands of his or her trip and finds refreshment in a visit to a local night spot or point of interest, it might be beneficial for you to deviate once in a while, turn your back on your weight loss system and plan, and just have a good time.
That is part of the reason for having a weight loss system in place. If you know that most of the time you are following the system's guidelines and striving towards its goals, the occasional deviation will not be of great consequence and may even be beneficial in its effect. However, without the plan or system's existence life will probably be one of constant deviation, punctuated by the occasional stab at doing the right thing.
This plan should be written down. This helps crystalize your thoughts and goals, and allows you the opportunity to remind yourself of these by a quick read-through of your original system.
Your weight loss system should not be chosen in haste or in ignorance. It is easy to choose the wrong sorts of activities, eat the wrong foods, and strive for the wrong goals if you don't really know what you are doing. I have known instances in which people gave up on a program, even though it was working, simply because they did not understand some of the things that were happening and expected some things to be happening that really couldn't be expected at that stage. Leaping into a weight loss program, particularly the physical activity part, without proper knowledge and preparation can at best cause the person to lose interest in the process and at worst, suffer physical injury.
Many will offer you a patented, cut-and-dried weight loss system guaranteed to work. First of all, there can be no such guarantee. The results that DO occur will be directly related to a broad combination of factors including physical health at the beginning, genetic capabilities (what you inherited), personal work ethic, understanding of the program, and so on. That being said, there are some systems for getting rid of excess fat which have a good beginning foundation, and using one of those as a start to build your own weight loss program may be of value.