Rather than focusing on 'carbs or calories' you should be focusing on a healthy lifestyle, which includes carbs AND calories - along with protein and fats, fruit and veges, nuts and whole-grains, AND fluid - preferably with water. If you weigh all of you food and use the SP recommended guide-lines in this department, AND get an appropriate amount of exercise, then you won't go too far wrong.
To achieve this then you are best off to start with baby steps, making one or two changes initially, and allowing your mind/body to get accustomed to these changes before adding something else to the mix. If you have a lot of calories to decrease, you might find it a lot easier if you go down in small increments, because otherwise you could set yourself up for nausea and light-headedness, neither of which are pleasant (speaking from experience.)
If you don't get much exercise now, then perhaps just starting off with a few minutes walk a day, or take the stairs instead of a lift, will be something to start building you up for increasing the physical activities.
Don't think of this as a diet, because it isn't one. This is just about portion control, eating all of our meals. It is about a wise choice of foods MOST of the time, good hydration, appropriate exercise AND rest. It is NOT about starvation, deprivation, or overdoing exercise. It is not about skipping meals or Undereating.
By making a small change, I managed to lose 50lb in 16 months, and I happily sat there for a year before deciding to move on down again. I am now at my goal weight after having been overweight for about 30 years. I have been at my goal for over 2 years, and I STILL weigh all of my food and enter it into the Nutrition Tracker to ensure that I stay there. Doing that was actually what gave me the ability to stay focused AND on track. Because I had accurate feedback from there I was able to tweak as and when necessary.
Good luck for your journey - I am sure that if you follow the SP guidelines, you will reach your goal - just don't be in a hurry to get there :-)
| current weight: 151.0