1975, welcome! I'm sorry it just hit you out of the blue. Quite a shock I'm sure. I started struggling around 23. Lots of partying & eating everything. I have tried lots of things. I tried Eating "healthy", organic, Mediterranean diet, south beach diet, and nutrisystem. All yielded some results, but the deciding factor was me. Would I or could I stick to it? All the diets had so many restrictions. Finally I tried calorie counting. That made sense to me. I could eat what I want but I had to keep within my calorie limits each day. And by calorie counting I naturally avoided calorie rich foods, for the mot part. Unfortunately there is no magic diet. You will have to see what works best for you. The super cool thing is this place has a forum for many different types of diets. I suggest taking a tour & see what makes sense to you. You know what your tendencies are. I like to eat dinner so I save calories during the day to snack at night. Also I don't like having something forbidden so my diet works for me.
Just know you are not alone! We are all in the same boat. Good luck & think positively. You can do this!! =D
Healthy BMI = 150 lbs
// All my clothes will fit = 140 lbs