Most important for starting to get fit and lose to ask yourself WHY you want to do it
Whats your motivation: could be an upcoming event,new love life,health risks,just out Of a relationship etc etc.
Set a goal: weight loss/ fat loss/ just increasing endurance and core strength or just toning up,
kick start that weight loss program by following steps
1. Get a diary
2.write your goal,current weight, timelines, body fat percentage or just measure your waist at navel, thighs upper and lower, arm at biceps level and hip circumference, your BMI( can be done on line just plug in numbers)
3. See what tools you have available,: a near by gym, can you afford a trainer?,can you run/ walk outdoors or do you have a cardio machine at home and have you done your yearly physical with a MD.
Start a 3 month program: you have to give yourself 3 month patience to see good results, after all that that fat didn't store up in 3 months its years of wrong eating and less activity.......but never too late I promise.
A realistic goal setting is important: if you are morbidly obese target for mere obese and if you are obese target for overweight, and if you are just overweight then get lean.
There is no one rule that applies to all, we all are different with cultural differences in the way we have lived and eaten so besting to stick to what food is liked by you and make the best of it.
NOTE: all cuisines have a healthy option:-)