For about 10 years, I counted sugars only. I would have 12 to 14 sugars per day. I never paid attention to calories or carbs. I told the doctor and he told me that wasn't the way to handle diabetes. My A1C is always around 6.5. I just starting taking a pill last year. I thought I would try counting calories, just for the change. My BMI is 24.8. I exercise six times a week. I love keeping a log of my food intake. I made my own spreadsheet when counting sugars. this is a lot more fun. To maintain my BMI I can have 2500 calories. I've been doing around 2000. I don't eat sweets, unless it is sugar free. There are so many foods now that don't have sugar in it.