A to-the-point entry on calorie counting versus calorie awareness.
Calorie counting is bad news bears. Calorie awareness is a different story.
Counting all those calories and determining to cut calories to help facilitate weight loss is not a good option. It's okay to do it for a short time, but let me tell you why it will hurt you if you stay living on a low calorie diet. Your body instinctively will do whatever it takes to survive and so will adjust its metabolism to survive on the low calorie intake. Fat is your body's way of storing energy. Slow metabolism = more storage = fat gain.
Calorie awareness is a fantastic way of helping you be cognizant of what you eat. It is important to eat purposefully. Calorie awareness helps remind you of foods to avoid, but does not cause you to reduce calories or allow you to increase. It simply is awareness. Like weighing yourself once a week, measuring yourself once a month, pinching your love handles, checking out your thighs...it all is JUST a method of evaluation to encourage you to do what is right for your body (and slap yourself when you do bad). =]