There are many different low or reduced carb plans out there, all with different guiding principles and different recommendations, so there is no one way to go "low carb". Most of the answers to your questions (how to count the carbs, what to do about good carbs, how many carbs to eat in a day) are going to vary by plan. Most low carb plans also have different phases (Atkins has Induction, for example, and South Beach has "Phase 1"), and your answers would also depend on whether you planned to follow that phased approach.
I know you don't want to read a book, but honestly, it's the best way to get information about the different plans out there, the ideas they are based on, and what you need to do to follow them appropriately. Maybe your local library has a copy of one or more plan books? You could also read the FAQ sections here for the major low carb plans out there, get an idea of which you'd prefer to follow, then get the book for only that one, either at the library or at a bookstore.
Best of luck in whatever plan you choose!
Goal Met - 10/28/07
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No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!
Maintained Oct 2007-Sept 2011, then got pregnant. Our baby boy was born in May, 2012...now to lose the baby weight!!