We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The official Maggie's Farm Weight Loss plan eliminates carbs for the same reason: even minor carbs give you an insulin spike which undoes any conscientious diet effort. If you cannot grow some spine and resist carbs, just give up on your weight issue because it ain't gonna happen.
The boyfriend and I have been doing paleo for about six weeks now. We've both lost weight and it's been fairly painless. I've learned how to bake with almond flour, so I will do that as an occasional treat. I haven't managed to live without my two cups of tea with honey, but it is definitely working for us.