When I started SparkPeople 1 yr ago I thought the same thing. Spark started me out at 2800+ calories. But Spark give you a range mine currently is 1725-2800. I eat according to how I exercise. No exercise for the day I eat at the low end. A lot of exercise I eat at the top end of the scale. If a person eats at their BMR with a little exercise will lose weight.
Spark has a BMR Calculator Formula but I find this one very close and all you do is plug in a few number. www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculat
Good luck on your journey. Consistency is the key in logging in all food and exercise regular.
01/01/10 Start Weight 279 lbs
12/01/13 Ultimate Goal 190 or under #'s!!!
**Maintain** "OR" set new Goal! 170's maybe??
| current weight: 243.0