Kim...excellent post/thread. You hit all the relevant points and explained them in simple terms.
Bianca...I will go and check out the metabolic research center plan and let you know my opinion regarding the comparison to Atkins.
And of course, it's unfortunate when these places charge so much, esp. for something you could do on your own with a little guidance. They really appeal to people who are desperate and take advantage of them at times, IMO. Don't get me wrong, I'm in favor of free enterprise and capitalism, but there are times when the line is crossed into taking advantage, IMO....especially when it involves desperate people.
I'll get back to you after I find out what the metabolic research center plan is.