For me, I've taken the, "I'm not going to count, but I'm going to try to make more informed decisions". Part of the nice thing is that since my calories are so tight on down days, I've started looking at calorie labels on everything. I don't want to punish myself on down days and then blow it on up days. For example, I went to Red Lobster a week ago. I was looking at their appetizers, and I saw that the stuffed mushrooms were 2-300 calories. The Onion rings were ~1200 calories. I don't care what diet you're on, you shouldn't eat those onion rings. :-) Other examples are like for my lunch, I'll often go to Wendy's. I like their flat-bread chicken sandwich that they've been pushing on special. The sandwich as served is 370 calories. However, 100 of those are the honey-mustard sauce. So, I switch that sauce for plain mustard, and I save 100 calories. That's like half an hour walking worth of calorie savings! So, I guess the moral is that for me, it's better to be smart about calories, but I still eat more than I need on my up days. Of course, that's how I got overweight in the first place.