I agree with everything that’s been said with the exception of counting calories. In order to drop fat a calorie deficit has to be created either through exercise or diet. Diet seems to be primary factor. To create a deficit you need to figure out your TDEE then simply eat below that level. You can then dial your diet in and safely lose .5-2lbs a week.
I’m also a beginner so it’s best to listen to the other guys, however I’ve been on a slow “cut” since January with ok results. Year to date I’ve dropped 46 pounds, lost several inches on my waist, and have increased my strength along the way. I personally chose StrongLifts only because 1 - I had never performed compound lifts and needed something easy, 2 - I heard 5X5 was ok for cutting, and 3 - there’s an app that does all the thinking for me.
One of my biggest learnings is exactly what @timetoball123 mentioned…plan to work for 6-12 months to reach your goals. Also, depending on your body fat goal, plan on losing more weight than you think you need to. For instance, if you think you need to drop 20lbs to look good prepare yourself to drop 30. I started at 235 and 20-35% body fat and thought that I’d look great at 200, wasn’t even close. Then I though 195, 190 etc. now I think I need to get down to 170ish to hit my goals. I’m looking at a 12+ month journey, but definitly glad I started 10 months ago rather than 10 days ago!
Pick a plan to follow, eat right, work your butt off over a long period of time, and hopefully you’ll earn the body you’re after.