WEIGHT LOSS TIP:
Focus on losing fat instead of just losing weight and you will have much greater success because it is ultimately body fat that makes you look, well, fat and which is what causes so many of the health problems associated with being overweight. When you focus on losing fat you also take steps that work long term and make it easier to keep the weight off like building muscle to increase your metabolism to burn more calories all the time.
Many people seem to have a hard time grasping this concept possibly because they measure their weight loss success by what they see on the scale every day but this is not the way to go about losing weight. You should start by getting your body fat checked to see exactly where you are. If your body fat percentage is over 33%, which now includes at least a third of the American population, then you are considered obese and definitely need to do something to lose some fat to not only look better but to have better health.
One the other end of the spectrum if you are a man and under 10% or a women and under 15% then you already have low body fat and you may just need to lower it slightly to say, see your abs better. Even if you are not able to have your body fat checked by a professional to know exactly where you are there are still some easy ways to be able to gauge your progress. If you have the guts then take a photo of yourself in your bathing suit every few weeks and you will probably be amazed at the changes you start to see in how you look for the better. Another simple way to judge whether you are losing fat is in how well your clothes fit. If your old clothes become looser fitting then your are losing body fat even if your weight on the scale remains the same and in some cases this is exactly what happens when you gain muscle and lose fat because muscle is more dense than fat. Focus on losing fat and you will also achieve your ultimate goal of losing weight which will make you look better and feel healthier.