That's a good discussion point. During my recent weight loss, I didn't cut anything out, I just made a point of watching portion size. I really learned quite a bit about which foods I could eat a bunch of and which ones I really needed to portion out. Like some of the trail mixes I got were 250 calories for a 1/4 cup! In the past, I could easily have eaten two cups of trail mix pretty quick and that 1000 calories puts a dent in the weight loss plans.
I am interested in the nutrition plan mentioned here at simplefit but I just haven't gotten around to reading much about it yet. I'm sure it's beneficial but right now I'm sticking to what is working. I've been eating at about 60% carbs, 25% protein and 15% fats. When I've lost weight in the past, it has usually involved cutting out a bunch of stuff I enjoy. I'm happier this time and don't see any roadblocks that would cause me to fall off the wagon since I still eat everything I enjoy but watch my total daily calories. I do think it has been easier for me.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
-- Leonardo da Vinci