Interesting thoughts, everyone.... I would love to hear others chime in. Especially on the effects of fruit vs. starch.
IniQuity - On the other hand, I feel dumb for not doing VLC more frequently (I do eat more starch on days I do more activity), simply because I'm at a different point than you are-- still insulin resistant, still have excess body fat. Things like increasing activity, magnesium supplementation, gut health, etc., are also important..... but for putting your body in the right metabolic environment to be losing fat, eating less carbohydrate (especially from fruit, *tear* I love fruit) is really key when you're at the stage I'm at, at your stage carb refeeds could help boost leptin activity.
It might be different if I ate less fruit and more starch though. So I'm the opposite, I actually don't find meat that appealing, and would rather have fruit and starchy vegetables and some leafy vegetables if I can get myself to cook them.