Hey guys, New member to the forum, just started reading the other day. I know everyone's body and metabolism is different, but I wanted to get as many opinions as possible, and I see that there are quite a few intelligent people on here that could help me. I plan on talking to a personal trainer and a dietician soon, but decided to start here first. So here's my deal: Ever since I was 5 years old, I've been a little overweight (oddly enough, its when my parents got divorced.) I would describe my body similar to Drew Carey's, skinnier arms and legs, then with the big stomach, lack of muscle. I'm 5'10'' and 185, not a whole lot of muscle. At my worst I was somewhere around 205-210, then dropped to 175-180 on a low carb diet, but fell off and since gained some weight back. I'm 19 years old now, and serious about doing all the right things to get in shape. As stated, I've had fairly good success with the low carb diet, and I wasn't really exercising with much regularity during it. I want to trim down, maybe get to 165-170, and then start gaining muscle. I read that its better to put on the muscle first, but I'm just so sick of being fat I'm willing to concentrate on just the weight loss before concentrating on the muscle building. I figure I can put on a little bit of muscle anyways just by exercising (would be better than what I'm doing now). So here's my question: If I were to go with the low carb diet, what is a good way to start off? I have the Atkins book, so I can use that as guidelines as far as dieting. I heard the South Beach Diet works better however. But mainly, I ask, what are good exercises and supplements to use with either diet? I'm thinking 45-60 minutes of cardio 3-4 times a week, alternating between 15 minutes or so each of cycling to running then back to cycling. I've never done weight training, so suggestions for a beginner would be lots of help. And also, what supplements to use? I read whey protein is a good one, alongside creatine, but I believe thats more for muscle building. I want to concentrate just on weight loss right now. Do any of those fat loss pills, (TrimSpa, Stacker, etc.) work enough where they're worth the $$? I know its all about hard work in dieting/exercise, but I figure a little help can't hurt. I have Centrum multivitamins to take as well. Keep in mind I'm trying to circle everything around a low carb diet. Any other dieting suggestions are also warmly welcomed, so please a little help to a beginner on where to start off at. Thanks guys, and hopefully this will go well where I can return in a few months for some pointers for gaining muscle!