Hello, I am the fattest I have ever been in my life (347 lbs) and I have been starting down the path to lose weight, and I have been tracking my calories in my fitness pal. The problem that I have been having is I have been keeping my calories to about 2000 a day and I have been walking, but the weight really hasn’t been coming off. My question is: am I consuming too few calories? My fitness pal says that I have to consume 3000 calories a day to lose 2 lbs per week and 4000 calories to maintain my body weight. Also I wanted to add I’m 25, lightly active at work (band director) and I’m 6’1”. Thank you so much.
There are many, many variables, but here's a simple rule to go with: Whatever your weight is add a zero and that's the number of calories you burn in a day. In your case - 347 - is 3,470 calories. One pound is 3,500 calories so if you are doing 2,000 calories a day, then you are going to lose almost three pounds a week. Your metabolic rate, level of activity, etc move the needle, but again, this is a simple guideline. Good luck!