I was on South Beach before, and though it worked, it was slow and restrictive and ultimately unsustainable. Before I started calorie counting I would have told you otherwise. I always said SBD was wonderful and a way of eating I could do for life. But I didn't, did I? I quit. Therefore it was unsustainable. But calorie counting? It's a whole different story.
Like you said, I can eat anything! Anything! And if I'm hungry I can have a bit more and it's not going to spoil my whole diet the way a forbidden carb would on SBD. If you go too far off plan, it sometimes takes starting over to get in control again.
And I didn't expect calorie counting to have the same effect on my cravings that SBD did. The one thing I'll give SBD is that it only took three days to curb the cravings. It took a good three WEEKS of calorie counting to do it. Those first three weeks were killer and took all my will power. But after that, it's been smooth sailing.
I love this. I feel better about myself and food does not control me. I'm not hungry because I eat every couple hours. There's simply no down side. I don't feel deprived and I don't feel like I'm starving myself. Hallf the time I forget I'm on a diet.