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    On a cut, need help with daily caloric intake

    So I am obviously female, I am 25 years old, 5'6 and weigh 166lbs, my goal is to get to 130lbs, losing 1.5lbs a week. I go to the gym at least 4 to 5 times a week and burn between 500 to 600 calories each time. I also lead a pretty active life as a food server (so average about 7,000 steps four days a week).

    I use MyFitnessPal to track my caloric intake and to also help me figure out how much I should eat a day to lose weight. I've only lost 6 pounds in the past three months doing this plan and I don't think it adds up right.

    I just need to know if 2,000 calories a day is too much or too little for someone of my size and lifestyle to be able to drop weight?

    I've tried cutting down to 1,800, but I find it pretty hard to maintain as I end up feeling pretty hungry and eat the 200 extra calories anyway. Thanks for your input!
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    2lbs a month is a daily deficit of 250.

    So yes, you would have to decrease intake to around 1800 to lose more like 1lb a week. There is no way around this unless you are happy to accept 2lbs a month... Try eating more bulky low calorie foods like vegetables and lean meats. Feeling full helps maintain lower calories.

    I also suggest weighing yourself every morning and keeping a record of this. It will help in the future if you have a weight loss question - we can find a line of best fit to see the true underlying rate of loss after allowing for the noise caused by water weight changes.
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