Originally Posted by Skidmark
Well the everything talks about 2000 calories. Is 2000 the base number or is 0
Sry for all the questions
Depends on who you are, what your fitness level is, body fat percentage, what type of exercise you do and how often, etc., etc.
You can start at 2K a day and see what it does for you for a few weeks. If you gain or are stagnant cut 250 calories from your diet and try it again.
Everyone will be different.
You can use the above link as a starting point but keep in mind these types of calculators are "general" and can vary alot. The amount of calories it tells you is the amount of calories you will expend just lying in bed all day.
So basically, if you take in those number of calories per day and don't stay in bed you will lose weight by default.
But remember it can be off by as many as 300-400 calories so you need to get that number, start with it, and see how you do over a period of 2-3 weeks.
3500 calories = 1 pound so you have to create a deficit of around 500 calories per day to lose a pound a week.
If you walk/run/elliptical 30 minutes each day you will create about a 500 calorie burn per day. Add in just standing around, walking, typing on a keyboard, etc. and you probably can add another 500 calories a day.
So by taking in the number of calories the above link says to and exercising 30 minutes a day you should be able to lose 2 pounds a week without much effort.