I've tracked my eating habits for quite a while now. I think I've basically got the balance figured out, and know what to do/what not to do. I may track myself for a week, here and there, to make sure I don't get off-kilter again, but I think I've learned everything I'm going to about my eating habits.
I don't want to obsess over calories, or protein/carb/fat balances. To be quite honest, it's a huge pain in the ass to continually track this stuff, anyway. Not to mention time consuming.
I know now that it's not really my eating habits that are an issue. It's exercise. As in, the lack thereof. I have good plans and goals, reasonable schedules and routines, but I completely lack the discipline to follow through. Given the choice between sweating for an hour, or watching That 70's Show, I pick TV every time.
So now I'm going to concentrate on getting myself motivated and moving. Which doesn't mean I won't continue to watch what I eat, I'll just be reasonable and thoughtful about it. It's impossible to *not* obsess over food when you're constantly counting calories, making meal plans, and figuring out how to eat every two hours.
I just don't think that whole "eating every two hours" thing is for me. I gained four pounds by following the nutritionist's advice (though I did pick up in energy, like he said I would). So now I think it's about balancing the meals I do have between carbs and protein, but I'm not going to eat three carb snacks throughout the day. I just think that's too much, for me. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner have always worked for me, so that's what I'm going to stick with.
Nor do I think such diets as all carb, no carb, high protein, cave man, grazing, vegetarian, etc. are really right for me, either. Every time I go to one extreme or another, I either end up gaining weight (or at least not losing), or losing energy. Balance, a low fat diet (but not obsessively so), and exercise are the key for me, I think.