The day I started training, I weighed 340lbs. Right now, as I type this, I weight between 220lbs-230lbs. Did karate training do it? Well...kind of...yeah.
I had hit the point where I needed to be active again. I'd started going to the gym solo before I was introduced to Kyokushin karate. I'd started making better choices with food before starting my training. I'd gotten the ball rolling BUT karate training helped everything come together.
That first class...that first sparring session... I KNEW that a smaller, lighter, healthier Bob would be better. I knew from the getgo that I wanted to be good at this karate thing; and I knew I had to be a healthy weight to do it. So, my weight lifting and diet were to make my karate training better and my karate training made my weight lifting and diet better. It was the opposite of a vicious circle...it was a blessed circle of good habits and mindset building into one another.
Come to one of my classes and you'll sweat. It's hard...but it's the kind of hard where you drive home and are like "holy cow...I just did that!" Good training will help you lose weight BUT it's got to be connected to healthy eating habits. All the training in the world can't overcome a diet of McDonalds and donuts!
The way that real karate training will help you lose weight is my first shifting the way you think about yourself. You are capable of more. You are stronger than you believe you are. You can set goals and achieve them. Most importantly, you ARE NOT alone. The community of the dojo is an incredible, encouraging motivator.
Don't take my word for it though. Give it a shot for yourself!