Also, with carbs, it's really easy to underestimate the calorie content. It doesn't seem right that a lean chicken patty can easily contain fewer calories than the bun you put it in.
I've found that when I look at a meal and think to myself "What can I take away that will remove a significant number of calories, but reduce my enjoyment of the meal as little as possible", I almost always come to the conclusion that taking the high-carb portion out works out best. Fats my be calorie dense, but 35 calories of butter can add a lot of flavor to a meal.
Another virtuous feedback benefit relates to salt. You can reduce your blood pressure by reducing salt - and suffer bland food, or you can reduce your blood pressure by losing weight and getting fit - and eat much tastier food. My BP went from 120/80 when I was overweight (borderline high), to 85/55 now that I am normal weight and very fit.