I tried counting calories last year, using an american website similar to this one. I was sticking to 1200-1500 a day and getting nowhere!
Recently I decided to go back to ww (I had success with the program a few years ago), and have been losing the excess again.
Contemplating this thread I just plotted yesterdays food intake (porridge with dried fruit, brown sugar; skim milk for coffee, 1/2 punnet strawberries, apple, tuna, capsicum, 4 corn thins, 8 olives, banana, beef hot pot, potato) which correlated with 18.5 points on ww. The calorie count for this menu came to 1287 cal; with a breakdown of fat 14%, Protein 31.8% and carb 54.2%.
Frankly I was surprised. It is so much easier to follow the points system then calculating every thing I put in my mouth, and my food intake stats are better then I was achieving following the counting process!
My ww points at the moment are 21 a day (roughly 1500 cal?), and have been giving me a loss of 6kg over 11 weeks, with only incidental excercise. If you excercise alot I do not think you should consider going under 1500 cal EVER!
many people advocate eating 500 cal less then maintenence plus excercise clas burned, to achieve a loss of 1/2 kg per week.
BE KIND TO YOUR BODY