The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has long recommended the 2,000-calories-per day diet. Brandon Baker from Philly Voice recently interviewed Monica Crawford, a clinical dietitian from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s department of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolic Diseases, to see just how trustworthy the method is.
She explained to PhillyVoice that it does not have the scientific basis most believe it does. In fact, the FDA made the recommendation based on a survey in 1990. The men surveyed reported consuming 2,000-3,000 calories per day, and the women having reported 1,600-2,200 calories per day. The FDA originally recommended that 2,350 calories be the guide, but after being worried about encouraging overconsumption, rounded down to 2,000 calories per day.
Since the 2,000 number is only a recommendation, Crawford gave her input on how to find out how many calories you should be eating and drinking daily. To maintain your weight, you should track calories and observe your own weight daily until you see how many calories you need to consume to keep a steady weight. Monica recommends cutting back by about 300-500 calories per day if weight loss is the goal. But talk to your doctor before starting any weight reduction program.