Years ago, when I bought into the diet myth, I tried counting calories for a little while. It had its value, as I found out how calorie-dense some foods were (like fast food). This practice didn’t last long, as it became too cumbersome to keep track of everything. Also, it was very difficult to determine how many calories I was expending each day.
Now new research shows that those who eat "intuitively" are better at managing their weight than those counting calories. The study highlights people’s relationship with food, how food should be thought of as a necessary, nurturing substance rather than something to be avoided or maligned.
In a nutshell, intuitive eaters try to make good food choices and eat until they’re full, whether there is food left or not. This is the method I have abided by for years. I don’t count calories, and I have no idea how much protein, fat, or carbohydrate I consume each day. I just try to eat healthy foods (that is, Stone Age foods), and then focus on exercise for controlling body composition.