I'm not a dietitian, but 2,000 calories for someone who weighs over 350+ pounds could be too low. Did your hubby get a full physical before deciding he wanted to lose weight ? Ideally, a person with a lot of weight to lose should have a full physical before making changes to their diet or exercise. Because of his size, he might consider working with a dietitian to ensure he is getting the proper nutrition to not only lose weight, but deal with his diabetes too.
While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks he doesn't lose. There will even be weeks he gains ! And that doesn't mean he's doing anything wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 WEEKS of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.
So, he shouldn't assume he's doing something wrong because the weight isn't coming off as fast as he wants. If he IS seeing changes such as his clothes fitting better, he has more energy, he can lift more weight, he's losing inches, etc... then he is making a change. When will the scale move ? Hard to say. Weight loss isn't an exact science and it isn't like the Biggest Loser. People really don't lose dramatic amount like that week after week. that's just not typical.
He shouldn't lose heart or motivation. But, I would encourage him to talk to his doctor and may be get a referral to a dietitian who not only works with morbidly obese clients, but those with diabetes too.
Is he a member of Spark People ? If not, you might get him to join up so that the Spark Community can cheer and encourage him. I know things must seem overwhelming, but because he has a lot to lose, this is going to take time.
PS - another reason he should join is to read the blogs from member INDYGIRL. at her highest weight, she weighed over 460+ pounds. Two years later and she's lost half that weight. If anyone knows about the struggles it takes to lose a lot, she does. Get him to read her blogs and join her spark team. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=~indygir
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 2/18/2013 (15:34)