I know how you feel! I have been having a hard time with this as well - especially important for me as I have diabetes! I have found though, that things I *think* are sweet but still have a low glycemic index (i.e. apples) are good to hold me back. Apples have fructose as sugar, not glucose, so it releases SLOWLY rather than dumping sugar in all at once. Helps ALOT! Today I was able to stave off a trip for my favorite (hot chocolate! love it! should not have it!) by having half an apple and then the rest about an hour later. Didn't kill my blood sugar - actually kept it even when I checked. And I was feeling full rather than hyper. I don't know if that works for anyone else, but it works well for me. Also, I recommend staying away from root vegetables, as they have a high glycemic index, and they make you want more of them (because they are, in fact, high carb). So eating a potato and eating ice cream are actually more similar than you would imagine. I thought when I first found out about the diabetes that I was being good by having carrots, and instead, they were actually WORSE for me than other things - again, glucose for sugar.... You might research the glycemic index - it helps in eating a lot, and will really help your weight loss! (It has mine!) But mostly, unlike Atkins or low-fat, you still have choices, and your not just taking fat or carbs into consideration - you're actually looking at both along with calories.
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