I have never counted calories. EVER. Unless you are training for a specific reason you don’t need to. All you have to do is make smart food choices. Easier said than done, right? Making healthy food choices are beat into our heads all the time by the media. Yes, veggies are healthy and fried foods are not. Most of us know what foods are healthy and what foods are unhealthy.
What most people don't understand is what makes the “unhealthy” foods so unhealthy. Only part of the problem with them is they are high in calories. This includes most things with bacon, stuffed with cheese or covered with sugar. Most of the problem is that they throw your body's natural regulatory mechanisms completely out of whack. Think about it...what in nature contains fat and sugar at the same time? The answer: NOTHING! So when you eat like that (aka processed foods) your body goes into overdrive and you wind up increasing your cravings for similar foods rather than satisfy your appetite, and quickly throw your body into fat storage mode.
So, if you want to feel satisfied when a craving hits you should get your body working correctly. Once this happens the unwanted lbs will melt off. There's no need to spend a ton of time arduously plugging in calorie numbers when you do it right.