I am personally counting calories myself. I don't let any food be a "no-no" or restricted. I follow a 1600 cals a day plan and can eat WHATEVER I want, just in proper amounts.
I've heard plenty of times to eat like a diabetic. Which I'm sure you could find a "menu" online of typical diabetic foods. I haven't personally tried a fully "low carb" diet, and I've chosen not to from research and talking to those around me. But that's because it wouldn't work for ME.
Luckily the internet is a vast encyclopedia on basically everything. If you type in low-carb diet plans, or meal plans I'm sure something will come up. Maybe try searchign what NOT to eat when watching carbs strictly.
As Is aid I calorie count and love it, but to "kick start" my weight loss, I did the intermittent fasting. It worked to set of those first 6 or 7 pounds. Mostly water weight, but either way I don't want those 6 or 7 lbs water or not, back!
I would really look into the diabetic diet. There's A LOT you can still have, in moderation. Realistically, it's probably a "diet" that shouldnt be a diet. It should just be how everyone eats. Very healthy, very good for you, but not exhausting and aggravating.
Portion control is the biggest thing you'll need whether you're counting carbs or calories or not. Learning to drink a glass of water when you feel like you could snack, and waiting to see how you feel, seems to really work for me.
Not sure if this post will help at all, but good luck!
"I can do all things through Him who gives me strength" Phil 4:13