Hi there, First off, I've been hesitant to make a topic like this for a long time, mostly because of the condescending "bro" attitude I've gotten from health and fitness sites in the past. I'm a 24 year old male who currently weighs about 250 lbs. My weight has gone up and down in the past, but since graduating college and settling into an industrial office-type job that doesn't require any strenuous activity (I'm a controls programmer), I've noticed my weight reaching scary new landmarks that I haven't seen before. I know part of that is age, part of that is the sedentary nature of my work, but I'm seeking some health advice that will be practical for me. I should note that I'm a very scientifically-inclined person, and I'm extremely skeptical of fad diets and "super-foods". I'm also quite introverted, and I experience a lot of anxiety and discomfort in gym settings. However, I know, at the core, weight management comes down to ingesting the right amount of calories vs. what you can burn, with a few modifiers. I also understand weight loss is not an overnight thing, and I'm very open to any solid advice I can get. As for my lifestyle - I'm not into physical activity at all. I work long days with a long commute, and I'm very much inclined to come home and sit/lay down - usually picking up fast food or snacks on the way, if I don't have much time to cook. I grew up in a single mother home, and I never really learned how to cook anything that couldn't simply be reheated or tossed in the oven. I suspect this is the crux of my issue, and I totally welcome suggestions on healthy foods that are affordable, easy to prepare, and don't make me want to reach for a bag of cookies after. I'm likely addicted to junk food, and I've been able to kick that addiction in the past... I'm just not sure how I managed to do that. I also don't eat a lot in the way of vegetables, because I can't ever seem to prepare them in a way that makes them at all appetizing. Any tips to help this? As for fitness, I own a treadmill. I'm not sure if this will be enough to make any significant impact, but as I mentioned, I'm way too intimidated by gyms and fitness culture to go that route. Assuming I just used the treadmill plus various stretches and exercises that don't require (expensive) equipment, what sort of investment, energy-wise, would I need to make to see any impact? I know that's all extremely wordy, but I'm grateful for any help I receive. A lot of it is probably questions that get asked every day, but I acknowledge my need to make a change - I was recently diagnosed with a severe obstructive sleep apnea that is affecting my abilities at work, and the last blood pressure I took was 156/100, which... Combined with my anxiety problems really makes me fear immediate health problems. Inaction is not an option for me. Thanks.