One of the biggest misunderstandings about muscle building is that it happens simply by resistance or weight training. There are multiple components to building big muscles. First, is your genetic disposition and your gender. Men and woman alike, can build muscle, but they will only get as big as their frame will allow them. So the genetic makeup has a great deal to do with this. Anyone can get in the best shape of their lives, but they will achieve what is best for them, not what is best for anyone else. We are all positively unique!
As the saying goes, "You are what you eat." And, "Abs are made in the kitchen." You can not work of bad nutritional habits. The caloric intake is not as important as where the calories come from. We need calories to sustain life. A calorie is a unit of energy. So if you want high levels of energy, eat high quality food.
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The time period varies per individual on how long it takes to reach a goal. It depends a lot on how much body fat one has to lose, and the rate of their metabolism. The key is to focus on the daily goals, and how you feel. If you are beginning to feel better, more enthusiastic, and higher energy levels, then you are moving in the right direction!