Auntsushi: You are very wise to do a lot of investigating before you embark on any path. I understand your fear of carbs, but have you ever been anywhere to Asia? Those people, until recently, existed almost exclusively on white rice, fruit and vegetables with a little fish thrown in. I went there about 25 years ago now and they were all thin. People we would consider overweight here now were a complete anomaly there. So if carbs make you fat, there must be something that billions of Asians are doing wrong.
Anyway, welcome and I hope eventually you make the leap to this lifestyle.