JerseyGyrl is, of course, absolutely right. Anything "sugar-free" is sweetened with something...and that something may not be good for us.
I also read some research (can't remember where now) that said in many people our bodies read the "sweet taste" as sugar - regardless of where the taste comes from, real or artificial - and our blood sugar reacts as if we are eating real sugar - blood sugar spikes, insulin reaction...and we stall or even gain. That's so not fair!
I lose best when I eat real, unprocessed fresh vegetables, meat, poultry and stay away from artifical sweeteners entirely. It's still not a way of eating I find easy or convenient; it's one of my goals, though.
And Linsy has great advice. Go without sugar or artificial sweeteners for a week or two...the desire for sweets will subside and you won't experience the compulsion (because sugar is an addiction for sure) to get out of bed and find that sweet taste. I really enjoy Atkins desserts, but eating something sweet-tasting is a choice now, not a compulsion. Good luck!
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