Newbie here, Started dieting and exercising hard on 28 Nov last year. I am male, 185cm and was 102kg then. The weight had crept up on me (I'm now 57) and my BMI told me I was close to obese. Scary, especially with a 5 year old son. Something had to be done. So far it has gone really well. I have cut out almost all alcohol (occasional drinks every week or so), desserts, second helpings and snacks between 3 meals. But I have not really paid any attention to calories, just eating what appears on my plate, but less of it. And I exercise hard for 45 minutes 6 days a week. I now weigh 93kg, so I have been losing 1kg a week. My target weight is 83kg and I hope to get there in the spring as I think weight loss may slow down before then. I hope I get there and, even more importantly, that the weight will stays off in the future. I love running and am getting faster and faster and this motivates me a lot. And I am lucky in that I'm not really missing the alcohol.