I am going to tell you what has worked for me...... I hope it helps you in some way....
1. I brought a calorie counting book (about $5.00) or there are FREE websites and I wrote down everything I ate and stuck within a specific calorie range. I lost 3 kgs in the firt week and then after about 1 kg a week. You just need to work out how many calories you need to eat to lose weight. I believe (someone correct me if I am wrong) women should not go below 1,200 calories per day and men should not go belwo 1,500 calories per day.
If you are interested in calorie counting there are websites which will determine the number of calories you need to consume on a daily basis to lose weight. I used these calculators to work out how many calories I needed...... I had to shave some calories off to lose 1kg per week but I never went below 1,200.
2. I searched the Internet or headed to the local library and found recipes that informed me of the number calories that were in each recipe. Oh, they have a recipe section here too!
3. I drunk 6-8 glasses of water, took a multivitamin and a fish oil tablet daily.
4. I discovered exercise that I liked doing through trail and error. I tried new things and if I did not like the exercise, I went looking for one that I liked. At the start of my weight loss journey I liked walking, then I liked swimming, then I liked bike riding ....... now I like weight training and RPM (they are stationary bike riding classes)
IMO, weight loss does not need to be expensive........ I only spent $5.00 on a calorie counting book and 50c on a notebook to write down all the food that I ate in a day.......
GOOD LUCK! I look forward to reading your success story in the near future!