1700/day at the moment and I need to stick below about 2400 to lose as I am moderately active (I'm probably more than moderate but I like to be conservative).
I never used to track calories and ate intuitively until about a week ago. I lost quickly until I hit 170lbs. Then I stalled out quite bad. So now I have started tracking. You need a lot fewer calories at lower weights which is why it gets tough to lose the final pounds. I have found that out the hard way.
If you are eating 2500 calories a day and losing 2 pounds a week I would stick with that, take it easy and get ready to pull in those calories lower down near goal. I would not go all out on restricting the calories right now if you are getting decent, steady and consistent weekly losses. Those people that are must be in a hurry. I would prefer to save that effort for near goal. It gets tough down here! But it's personal preference.
Last edited by IanG; 01-22-2014 at 10:26 PM.