Since August 9th, I have now lost 12 pounds. I feel better and will keep going toward my near term goal of losing 15 by August 31st. Each day, I am logging in my food into Sparkpeople.com and am eating well, lots of water and taking my vitamins, etc.
I recently watched a video where a woman said that a quick rule of thumb for determining how many calories you should eat (to get to your ideal weight) is to add a zero to it. So, if your goal is 175 pounds, then you should consume 1,750 cals per day. She was not a doctor and was not talking about offsetting those food calories with calories burned from exercise. To lose more aggressively, bring that number downward through less food or burn more through exercise. It seems like a pretty good method to me.
If you count calories, what is your number?