If you go to the USDA food pyramid, it suggests getting way too much of your caloric intake from carbs.
I disagree wrt the extent that you wish to eliminate natural fats and proteins from the diet. If you really drop carbs to near zero (or even 10 or 20% of your calories), you need to make that up with other energy sources. If you really need to lose weight, Atkins or other very low carb diet is the way to go. It is not sustainable but to drop the pounds, there isn't really another method that works. Clearly research has shown that the type of calories you consume is as important as the amount.
There are plenty of proteins and fats in plant based products. Avocados? Potatoes? Yams? Nuts? Seeds? Whole grain rice? Legumes?
I think, Dave, that there is some sort of disconnect here. This isn't a weight loss thread. There are plenty of people with normal body weights that have all sorts of health issues.
Happy is fit as a fiddle. Yet, she is having health problems. It's not all about body weight.
The Paleo diet is a variation of the whole food/plant based diet. Paleo just includes animal protein.
They are both healthy diets compared to the normal Western fare.
There is a myth that removing animal protein from your diet will make one caloric and protein deficient. This, however, isn't the case if one eats a typical whole food/plant based diet abundant in whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Anyways, I'm not going to hijack Happy's thread with this discussion any further. Those interested can research it for themselves. Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets
Or better, review the life of Jack LaLanne, the father of modern health and fitness. He adopted a plant based/whole food diet for the majority of his life. Competed in bodybuilding contests, and invented most of the equipment in today's gyms. He suffered no caloric or protein deficiencies. Lived a full, disease-free life to the age of 96.