The number of Americans suffering from obesity keep rising. Many problems contribute to the situation, which makes it hard to find a plan to fight it. I can tell you from experience that you can do it.

1) Consult Professional Help: You can do it alone, but having help will make it easier. Your doctor can determine what type of exercises are right for you, and give you a recommended schedule. A nutritionist can help you avoid the big trap in weight loss, the dreaded “Famine Mode.” A personal trainer can show you how to do the exercises correctly so you can avoid injuries.

2) 10,000 Step A Day Program: According to MSNBC, Americans walk an average of just over 5100 steps a day. The 10,000 step a day program was designed to increase that amount. It's very simple. Put a step counter on when you get up in the morning. When you get to work, school or other areas, park as far away from your destination as possible. This small thing can greatly increase your average. Better yet, do not drive. If it's close enough, go ahead and walk.

3) Accurate Calorie Counting: Some diet plans tell you that you do not need to count calories, but I have found that to be inaccurate. A good calorie counter will tell you both how much you've eaten and how much you've burned. This is another tool to help you avoid Famine Mode, which comes when you do not eat enough. It is also helpful in preventing snacking, as you'll lhave to put down what you ate. Those French fries do not look all that good in print.

4) Nutrition Labels: I harp on this a lot, but only because of the extreme importance of them. You may be surprised at the number of calories, fat, sodium and other dietary problems of your favorite products. I've given up quite a few because the numbers are so bad.

5) Several Short Sessions: If you get bored easily, or have little time for long workouts, take several short ones. A ten minute walk down three times a day gets thirty minutes of cardio in. You can also choose other exercises, such as hiking or bike riding to keep the boredom factor away.

There is one other thing you will need, and that's support. Try to engage your family in this lifestyle change. If they will not, find a support group and go to the sessions. Listening to others talk about the same problems you have will make you feel better, and someone may have an answer to any particular problems you have.