A common piece of advice that some doctors also have for people who are trying to count their calories is simply to track them for one full week.
However, carbs are the enemy in this pursuit to reducing weight while calories are not looked at as anything that should be treated with concern. The philosophy of Atkins is that by restricting carbs, your body alternates to burning fat automatically for energy, instead of burning carbs like glucose.
If you like eating fatty foods while still losing weight, go with the Atkins Diet (counting carbs). But, if you would rather eat foods that restrict fat completely and are low calorie in nature, stick to counting calories.
Some examples of carbs include; bread, potatoes, soft drinks and sodas, fruits, rice, beans, cereal, and pasta.
You can stick to a healthier diet by keeping certain food groups accessible in your kitchen. Moose and Doc explain to you several tips on eating healthy for weight loss, as well as how to save on expenses.