There really are no hard and fast rules about calorie
levels. Averages just do not work for an individual.
You have to test what works for you. My husband
in his late sixties is losing weight eating around
1800 per day. He is not able to do very much
exercise or other activities due to a limiting disability.
Yet he is losing, albeit slowly. He has lost about
25 pounds in 14 months.
I really think that losing slowly is so much better.
As we are older, we have developed more patience.
and have more perspective on the long run.
There is so much more to losing weight than calories
in and out. This is even more true as we age. That is
why so many complain about slow weight loss in this forum.
Insulin resistance and inflammation play a big role in
how our bodies respond to food. Stress hormones also impact
our ability to lose pounds. The types of carbs and fats
we are eating factor in as well. And our overall nutrition
levels will impact our bodies willingness to let go
of stored fat.
I found that when I began eating the healthiest foods
and giving myself excellent nutrition, I could actually
eat about 30% more and still lose weight. When
I combined that with high intensity interval training,
3 days a week, I really saw results. Still it did take
time. Once I saw that my approach was working,
I patiently moved toward my goals.