If you're counting calories, I suggest getting at least 10-12 cal. per pound of bodyweight daily. Minimum. Because as you get leaner you still need to keep a calorie deficit or your fatloss hits a plateau. Most diets fail because people are inspired to change, but create too big of a calorie deficit in the beginning.
Of course, thats where proper training comes into play. With exercise you burn calories while amping up your metabolism (fuel burning system)and building muscle. Muscle burns calories even when its at rest, and due to its density it takes up less space on your body that fat.
You know all of this, I'm just reminding everyone this time of year.