Diet & Artificial sweetners (aspartame/etc)
Okay so. I'm curious, so I figured I'd ask here. Anyway:
A long time ago, we attempted the Atkins diet. Me, my mom and dad did it. Mom/I lost a little bit of weight, but mainly felt weak/sick on it and had to quit, whereas Dad stuck with it and lost over 100lbs (imo, too fast and unhealthily so)
We stopped getting 'real' sodas and replaced them with diet ones. Alongside finding that diet sodas kill my stomach (it feels like they're ripping me open) I realized that all aspartame does this to me. I've never experimented with other arteficials, but I assume they'd have a similar effect. I just dislike the taste/aftertaste of most of them.
My question is: to lose weight, do I -have- to use them in recipes and such or is there a better alternative?