So I started working out for the past couple weeks. I also reduced the amount of calories I take it. I started taking protein after workout drinks (about 36g of protein). I started working out I weighed ~210, and in 1 week I gained almost 6-7 lbs. Im assuming that this is due to putting on muscle and from the protein drinks, but I would ultimately like to put on muscle and lose weight. I also suffer from having not the greatest backs so one reason I take the protein is to help recover quicker. I dont overlift either since I know the toll it can take (I had hurt my arm a while ago overlifting). Also something funny that happened, on new years I had a party at my house, and my friends from college who I hadnt seen in about 2-3 weeks came over. They all said it looked like I had been losing weight, but it was just weird because I knew I had put on weight lol so im assuming either A) they were being nice, but I dont think this was the reason. Or B) I actually cut fat and put on muscle. So my main questions, in order to lose weight: Should I cut out the protein, and see if this makes me lose weight. Should I add more cardio to my workouts. (I do very little, and to me I believe this is indeed the problem) Thanks everyone for your help.