Wow talk about sudden popularity!!
( in my opinion) calories definitely do count but we dont count them formally . At the end of the day if you consume 1500 Cal while doing LC ( very easily done) and you should be taking in 1200 then it will go slow or even stall . So my advice is stick to 10 X body weight , definitely not more . Less if possible but not less than 1000 Cal . This is the minimal for basal metabolic rate ie: essential cellular function . Also , if you go too low you will get bored and hungry and it will all definitely stop . Be careful of carbs when you are eating fat !! the combination is lethal . Carbs = Insulin = fat into cells = adiposity . However I find that a small rise in carbs can stimulate your metabolism. Hope that helps .
do look at PP , it will tell you how much protein you should eat in order to prevent your body from loosing lean body mass .
PJB and Kat here is my fab muffin recipe
. Hope you enjoy em as much as I do . They are 2.5 g each
heat oven to 175 deg C
place 12 paper cookie cups into a 12 cookie tray
2 scoops soy protein isolate ( plain or vanilla ) mine is UK made
1/2 cup splenda
1/2 tsp stevia
1/2 cup golden flax seeds . Grind them in grinder
40 grams ground almond ( almond meal)
40 grams unsweetened dessicated coconut
1/2 tsp salt ( use potassium salt for better health )
2 heaped tsp baking powder
4 tbl butter . mix in as if making a crumble pastry mixture
1 cup water
80 ml buttermilk
1 and 1/2 tbl almond essence
1 and 1/2 tbl vanilla
add wet to dry and mix well
spoon into muffin cups ( average 1 and 1/2 spoonfuls per cup)
decorate tops with poppy seeds
place in oven and bake for 35 minutes
remove from oven and from cookie tray and allow to cool preferably overnight , they taste better that way .
You can play with the flavourings , cinnamon , chocolate and with the toppings ,sesame seeds etc.
Sorry I use cookie and muffin interchangeably ( I am in the UK