The Calorie Control Council provides several sample 2,000-calorie daily menus. Each menu plan provides roughly 2,000 calories, with a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat split between three meals and two snacks.
An example 2,000-calorie menu includes a muffin with egg, ham and cheese and orange juice for breakfast. For a midmorning snack, dieters could have a yogurt with bran, followed by a chicken salad with wheat crackers, a baked apple and an iced tea for lunch. A fig bar and a cup of skim milk is a suitable afternoon snack. Dinner is garlic chicken with rice, zucchini, a serving of light pound cake with strawberries, and a diet soda. This menu has just under 2,000 calories and 41 grams of fat.
A moderately active female needs approximately 2,000 calories a day to maintain her weight. Women who are very active may need more calories, whereas those who are sedentary need fewer calories to maintain their weight. Calorie requirements also decrease with age, according to WebMD. Men generally require more than 2,000 calories a day to maintain their weight. People who want to lose weight need to eat approximately 500 calories a day less than the amount that they need to maintain.