I've never counted a calorie in my life...too hard work for me!
We've had a few people come to the Forum in the past who thought that to get good or better results the way forward was to reduce their calorie intake. This approach however has seen many a person shoot themselves in the foot. They burn themselves out because it is unsustainable.
Eating less encourages the body to conserve resources and so it reduces metabolism.
The body rebels by increasing hunger pains and cause itself to be fatigued and lethargic.
This stresses the person until they just chunk it all in, cease exercising and go on a binge.
You have to find that happy medium - eat enough to keep the system ticking over but not too much that add to the fat stores.
I always like to think in terms that you eat to keep your body at status quo (neutral weight) and exercise to burn off the fat stores.
In actuality the science tells us the reverse is true (exercise to stay neutral and eat to deficit fat stores) but I have found my approach very helpful in managing to obtain successful weight loss.