I'm 25 years old, male, 6'1", and 215 pounds currently. I would like to get under 200 pounds, but 185 or so would be ideal for my height. I bought an elliptical a month ago (from today) and i've been using it 20-35 minutes a day, 6x a week. BPM is high during this, the first week I was at 190 BPM when going about 4.5MPH (which is the max safe range for my age) and now i'm at a more "safe" 177 BPM while maintain 5.5MPH. So my heart rate dramatically improved. I also went from 2% milk to skim, stopped drinking any type of soda (including diet), stopped eating white bread/noodles and went to 100% grain, etc. I got rid of every unhealthy thing in the house. I drink only water and juice (the juice I drink is natural and 0 calories) but I also drink 1 AdvantEDGE Carb Control drink after each workout because it was suggested to me to have a protein drink once a day. The forum won't let me link it but google for it to see what it is, i'd like advice on these. My weight was maintained with VERY light activity over the last 3 years with terrible eating habits. I just never recovered from the weight I gained as a teen. So.. I figured eating better and exercising would result in an easy 2 pounds/week loss. However here's my problems/concerns: - I weighed 215 pounds when I bought the machine a month ago, and the day after I started exercising I gained a massive 12 pounds. Yes, 12 pounds. This was not a broken scale or water weight.. It stuck on me and did not disappear even after a week. So exercising seemed to "shock" my body or something and caused it to gain weight? I heard this is normal but i've never heard of someone gaining more than 5 pounds. After a whole month of hard work and healthy eating i've managed to get back down to my original 215, few days ago I was even at 211. Now i'm gaining weight again though.. and back up to my original 215. I've measured my waist and it's also the exact same. So nothing seems to be happening! - Would you recommend taking out the carb drink and just drinking water instead? The machine claims I lose about 250-360 calories per workout, but the machine also assumes i'm a fit 150 pound person. With calorie burning charts online, it puts me upwards of 500-600 calories burned per session. Having a 110 calorie drink right after exercising seems counter productive over just having a glass of water? Many sites also say I should consume about 1800 "healthy" calories and I will still lose 2 pounds a week with exercise which is roughly what I consume. - This last week has been really tough. I was going 3 miles a day (about 35 minutes for me) on my elliptical on Weeks 2-3, but the 4th week i've been having a hard time just doing 2 (I actually have to do 1 mile then take a break before the other). I took a 2 day break to rest because of this but it did not help. Any idea why? I should be having a easier time.. not a harder time? Any advice? Thanks.