Re: Can't seem to lose weight even though I am exercising
On the exercise side of the equation, I hate to say it, but you are basically doing next to nothing when you workout on the treadmill. Let's do the math.
If you run for one mile at an 8.5 pace, that would mean you are exercising for 8.5 minutes, right? Geez, you have time to add "8 Minute Abs" and still be in the shower before you've reached the 20 minute mark. As far as calories go, you burn 15 calories a minute running at an 8 pace, so giving you the benefit of the doubt, we'll say you burn 120 calories during your workout. That's about equal to about 8oz of apple juice, just as a point of reference.
Even when you go on your "long" runs of two miles, you are still only exercising for 24 minutes at a 12 pace, correct? You only burn 10 calories a minute at that speed, so your total is 240 calories. That's about equal to a standard size yogurt with a sprinkling of granola on top, for example.
Generally, the guideline to lose one pound a week is to create a 3500 calorie a week deficit. That's 500 calories per day. So if you split it down the middle, you need to do 250 calories worth of exercise EVERY DAY and lose another 250 calories a day EVERY DAY from your typical diet. Take that into consideration as you evaluate your eating habits (which is 80% of the battle for most people) and good luck as you continue to monitor your progress.
from Philly, dude.