I'm going back to grad school this week, and get access to my school's excellent fitness center. My twin brother died three and half years ago and I think the way I handled my grief was through food. I never fluctuated more than 5 to 10 lbs from my ideal weight before he died, but since his death, I've packed on 65 lbs! I'm fortunate in that I am 6'5" and have a large statured frame, but even so it has to stop and it has to come off. I know what I need to do to lose the weight, and have a modest goal to have dropped 30 lbs by this time next year. My question is this: Should I concentrate on working off the extra and dropping the weight, or should I combine weight training with weight loss. I don't have intention on becoming Charles Atlas, but I want to tone up, have a little muscle and build lean muscle mass. I know adding muscle is going to seem to slow down my weight loss since muscle is heavier than fat. Psychologically I think it will be a great reinforcer if I stick to losing and see that number on the scale go down and start building muscle mass after I have lost the weight. But, perhaps there is a benefit of combining weight training and working off fat concurrently that I'm not aware of?