Hi all, About three months ago I weighed 250lbs at 6'0". I started eating better and exercising, and now I'm down to 227. I eat no fast food, drink no "regular" soda, don't eat any snacks after dinner, etc. etc. I've been able to break my bad habits with regard to food choice and overeating, and the results have been great. I've also started working out. I usually ride the recumbent stationary bike for a half hour a day, trying to keep my heart rate above 150 for 20-25 minutes. I also do bicep curls with a 15lb dumbbell, and I do push-ups and crunches. Since my caloric intake is so low (right around 1200 calories a day), I'm probably not getting enough protein. I'm wondering if there would be any benefit to me taking a protein supplement, or is that exclusively for muscle mass? I'm not too worried about getting 'ripped' or bulking up just yet; I'd like to get down to around 200-205 lbs before doing any serious weightlifting. I'm also going to start running more often. When I did it before, it left me REALLY sore for a day or two. I got some running shoes (before it was just sneakers that weren't really meant for athletic purposes) so I hope that helps, but I'm wondering if the protein supplement might help that too, which is why I decided to write this post and ask you guys. Any help could be appreciated. I'm on the right path, I just want to keep going.