I didn't want to reduce my carbs or go on any kind of "diet" per se; I just wanted to watch my calories, keep them under 3,000. My calorie watch failed. I gained 12 pounds while "watching" my calories (watching myself eat more and more) because I denied, to my detriment, that I was a carb addict (as most people are).
I sat down at counted how many carbs I was eating a day: in excess of 300.
Since keeping my carbs and sugars down. No desserts, dried fruit, bedtime cereal, etc., has cut my daily carbs in half and so far I've lost 7 pounds.
To conclude, the "3,000 Calories a Day" proved to be a big fat failure. Gary Taubes, who writes extensively about the dangers of eating high carbs, is right.