But what you don't consider are all of the things that you eat through the course of the day.
So I kept track of what I eat on a regular basis. Beginning with my breakfast which is usually cereal filled with blueberries. When it comes time for lunch, I'm pretty faithful to my turkey sandwich at Subway. When dinner time arrives I'm generally pretty tired and pasta is just so quick and easy. Then of course, there are the snacks such as fruits and yogurt.
Keeping all that in mind, I sat down with a personal trainer at Gold's Gym to ask him what he thought of my diet and workout routine to see how far off I am from losing any weight.
"From the looks of your die, it looks like you're eating a lot of sugar," Maximo Flores said.
Sugar...wait, I have to worry about sugar? I thought carbs were the bad guys.
"If you do 45 minutes of your workout and you're consuming this much amount of sugar, you're probably just doing enough to burn off the sugar," Flores added.
Meaning I'm not losing anything. So Max basically told me that I have two choices...either to cut the sugar in my diet or to double my workout. And even a solid cardio workout has it's downside, such as my normal 45 minutes of cardio.
"You start seeing results right away because your body might not be used to that...But you're body adapts real quick...It may work really good for two weeks and then after that...You're body will adjust to it," Flores said.
So the trick is to not get into a strict routine, but instead to challenge your muscles. So you've got the before the gym...during the gym...what about after?
"After a work out it's very important to eat a lot of protein..because protein feeds your muscles and it kind of replenishes your muscles to build stronger," Flores said.
While I'm not exactly doing a great job following the path to losing weight, here's what Max says it comes down to.
"Try to eliminate as much sugar, switch up the cardio and pump some iron...That's the way to go," Max said.