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What does 2,000 calories a day look like?

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., June 17, 2011 - 2:06pm

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That actually is a lot of food. I should eat no more than 1500 calories if I want to lose some weight. When I get serious about losing weight I try to stay between 1200 and 1400.


06/17/2011 - 7:19pm

well i just want to stay healthy so i am checking information for this i do some exercise and i lose like 700kcal in 40 minutes so i dont do much of it coz im afraid i might lose too much im trying to get a balanced diet and some exercise so i put my body "balanced" and healthy , thou i want to lose a little of weight first.thanks for this imformation , it will help me create one, ill eat a fruit fish and some vegetebles every day sometimes meat of course.


03/08/2012 - 8:20pm

So I looked at the page and it did not tell me what a 2000 calorie diet really looked like? Please help. People stare at me and make rude hurtful comments so I do not eat. I eat close to 600 calories or less a day and was told not told that, that my body is in starvation mode and I need to eat 1500-2000 calories, eek.... that is a lot of food and eating is not a great feeling because I am fat (280lbs). I was told if i ate 6 small meals a day instead of a meal every other day, or every day depending on if I feel hungry I would start dropping weight.


07/03/2012 - 6:05pm

Old article but useful I been searching all night for something like this. Thanks


11/14/2012 - 7:48am

good I will have to try it out.


04/18/2013 - 9:21pm

3/4 vanilla yogurt (fat free) 1 cup frozen blueberies, home bran muffin . according to 2000 kcal , how much kcal in this meal. and how much percentage


05/22/2013 - 9:57am


I'm a fifty year old male 6'1" and 225 pounds, I work out 4-times a week plus I play golf once a week and racquetball at least once a week as well. My question is this, my diet in normally very good a shake in the morning of 1-cup raw spinach, 2 ounces of non-fat Greek Yogurt, 1 cup of frozen berry mix, 1 ounce of walnuts, maybe a small banana, 1 ounce of milled flax, 1 cup of oats, 1 scoop of muscle milk protein powder and 20 or so ice cubes Lunch is a salad or small sandwich, bowl of soup. Snack is hummis of cheese and a few crackers. Dinner is chicken or fish and a steak once o week or so. I also have a cocktail (no beer or wine due to allergies) or two at night.

The last few weeks my weight has gone up from 220 to 225, they only thing I've changed is I'm lifting heaver weights. Any suggestion on the diet.

Thanks, Grant Dow


07/26/2013 - 1:44pm

Great article thanks!

Really informative and great ideas of portions of each - eliminates the guess work out of it! And love the other links throughout the articles. Best blog I've read.

Thanks again!


12/18/2013 - 3:28am

Too clinical in how it is written. This is why people dont follow these guidelines.... no one breaks them down into easier to understand terms.

Why not show pictures? Here's 2,000 calories.... (images if 3 meals, 2 snacks) and example of what 2000 bad calories look slike and how little you can actually eat


03/25/2014 - 3:15pm

oh wow. i thought that i needed to eat A LOT to get the needed 2,000 calories. thanks for putting it into terms that i can understand!! :)


10/26/2014 - 9:13pm

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