I've tried calorie counting in the past and sometimes it has work but sometimes it hasn't. In May of last year, I started the McDougall plan, which is a very low fat (no added oils or other fats whatsoever) plant based diet. There is a regular plan (which includes mainly fruits and veggies, beans, whole grains in the form of unprocessed and processed foods, and fat-free condiments) and also what is called a Maximum Weigh Loss Plan, which is very strict - mainly you eat only unprocessed whole plant based foods and limit fruit to 2 servings. I was doing the regular plan and did pretty good on it (went down from a size 16 to a size 14) but I slipped into eating non-allowable foods (like a little bit of dark chocolate - like 3/4 oz - and soy milk).
So since I really want to focus on weight loss for the next 2 months (I'm seeing my family for the first time in a few years in April and I really want to look better than I do right now), I was looking into doing the Max plan.
So just looking at some forums for some food ideas, someone gave a recipe for a baked oatmeal that had unsweetened applesauce in it (a common ingredient used for vegan baking to replace oil).
The annoying thing was that some idiot came in with "you're not allowed applesauce on the Max plan, it's a processed food."
That's when I said, "well, forget this. I'm going back to calorie counting where you don't have to deal with the Diet Police."
I still plan on going by the main idea of eating plant-based (because I'm a vegan) and whole foods, but I'm not going to cut out stuff like whole grain bread or pasta or dark chocolate if it fits into my calorie count.
Anybody else sick of the Diet Police who try and tell you this or that is not allowed?