I second the recommendations for the Atkins plan and the Laura Dolson website. In addition, I've posted a review in the sticky here on "Living Low Carb" by Jonny Bowden. It summarizes most of the low/restricted carb diets out there, and will help you choose the one that suits you best. It's an excellent book - I highly recommend it.
In the meantime, I think that Atkins is the simplest and best organized method to start out with. It gives just enough background for you to understand WHY you're adopting this lifestyle. You definitely need that understanding if you're going to be able to get on board and stick with it. It's a difficult transition to get your mind thinking away from all the carbs we've been dependent on for so long.
As to the exercise, if you follow the paleo people at all, they say "activity", not necessarily exercise. I'm disabled, and I've lost a truly amazing amount of weight (so far) with virtually NO exercise whatsoever. Even the activity of life in general taxes me...so don't think that has to be a central feature for the low-carb thing to work. OTOH, exercise will help you tone your muscles, and is a great mental booster. I don't promote avoiding it - just don't feel you can't succeed unless you follow the calorie counting high exercise recommendations that we continue to be bombarded with. After all, the same people promoting that also tell us that calories-in-calories-out combined with high energy exercise will do the job. If that was true, we'd be a nation of skinny minis. And you can see that simply isn't the case. Low fat, low cal, hi exercise just doesn't work. We are all examples of that failed regime.
As someone suggested, go to the Atkins site and start educating yourself. Meanwhile, see if you can fine the Bowden book and get yourself a copy of the New Atkins (or whatever plan you choose from the Bowden book). Then make some time to follow whatever links you can online. There's a lot of great information available to anyone choosing to lose and get healthy in this lifestyle. And try to start thinking of it that way right now. It's not a "diet." This is for life. A better one!
Good luck. We're all here for support and experiential advice. Use us!
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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