I decided I wanted to deal with sweets up front, so I gave up sweeteners, and just limit the real sugar to once a week. My sweet tooth went down, and even a year later, still is going down. Fruit totally satisfies my sweet tooth, or a small square of dark chocolate. The only time I have trouble resisting dessert or candy is when it's already there in front of me - but I hardly ever feel an impulse to go buy it or make it.
But everyone's different. I just didn't want to feel like I was fighting sugar and my sweet tooth all the time.
Started 4/14/08 LINK TO PROGRESS PICS
"It is impossible to live pleasurably without living wisely, well, and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely, well, and justly without living pleasurably" Epicurus