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If you allow people to eat "ad libitum" or all they want till the are comfortably full, from low calorie dense foods, they will lose weight, not be hungry and do not have to count calories.
Of course, calories still count, but it becomes almost impossible to over consume calories from the foods you choose if you follow these recommendations.
These are averages
Fresh Veggies are around 100 cal/lb
Fresh Fruits around 250-300 cal/lb
Starchy Veggies/Intact Whole Grains around 450-500 cal/lb
Legumes around 550-600 cal/lb
Processed Grains (even if their Whole grain) around 1200-1500 cal/lb
Nuts/Seeds around 2800 cal/lb
Oils around 4000 cal/lb
What they found is if the calorie density of the food is below 400 calories per pound, not matter how much they eat, they all lost weight.
Between 600-800 calories per pound, with some moderate exercise, they all lost weight.
Between 800-1200 calories per pound, people gained weight, except for those with very high activity levels
Over 1200 calories per pound, everyone gained weight.