I have spent a great deal of time reading from this site and several others. I have found about 5 different ways to calculate the amount of calories for me to take in and I want to reach a conclusion.
First, I am 27 6'4 and currently weight 346lbs. I started eating clean, lifting 4x per week and doing cardio about 1 month ago. During that stretch I have lost only 2-3 lbs but have lost about 2 inches on my waist, thighs, chest (Fat) and increased my lifts and gained some muscle. I must add, during that stretch I was eating 2900 to 3100 calories per day based off of the Harris Benedict Formula, considering my activity level. That was also using a 33/33/33 split of good carbs, good fats, and protein.
I do understand that my lifting, supplementing protein PWO and taking creatine has increased my muscle so that might offset some of the weight loss. I also understand that what the scale says isnt the bible, but I feel that it should have come down at least 2 lbs per week by now instead of 2-3 total. I only weigh myself every 2 weeks as I have made a lifestyle change. I am in it to win it, but only losing 2-3 lbs per month seems VERY LOW so there must be something that can change.
So, you might ask why do I care so much about altering my total calories if I am making progress.... Because I want to maximize my fat loss. I was told by 2 different trainers and 1 doctor that 2500 or 2600 calories a day is a perfect number for me. However that would fall about 1500 below what the Harris Benedict formula says (And almost every other calculator)
Input is appreciated here. I am looking to get some good feedback in hopes of maximizing my efforts and not eating to much or to little.