my decision around this goes as follows (and this is a decision I made relating to my life, so it may not be the best one for you)
- I don't 'do' artificial sweeteners. My approach is to try as far as possible to eat things that are as close to having been in the ground or moving around as possible - i.e. low processed foods (vege, lean meat, grains etc). Artificial sweetneers just don't fit in with that and they can have a range of ergghy side effects. If I want something sweet, I have something sweet with all the traditional bad stuff in it like sugar, cream etc, I just have it in moderation as a special treat. BUT I am lucky in that I have never been a soft drink fan. Not even in my unhealthy 110kg days. They are just too sweet for me and make me feel bloated, so I never had much to do with them to start with.
Also, this way I am distinguishing between the foods that are to have every day (i.e. fruit/veg etc) and the occasional foods (fizzy drinks, cakes etc) and not giving myself the "but it's a diet product so I can have it all the time" option.
35kg lost. (November 2005 - October 2006)
15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!
"You can't change the winds, but you can change the sails"
"Reach out and take control of what lands in your lap"