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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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A lot of food? If you want to meet requirements for magnesium,potassium,most of the b vitamins, will come no where close......of,I forgot...candy bars and doughnuts are super the guy gaining weight,it is because you are not eating enough..your body is going to cling to every single bite...


09/17/2015 - 11:33am

Are you serious? This is no where near 2000 calories and extremely low in protein....of course adding in a doughnut bumps it such a healthy way.....


09/17/2015 - 11:27am

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

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

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


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

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

good I will have to try it out.


04/18/2013 - 9:21pm

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


11/14/2012 - 7:48am

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

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