Here's my somewhat unique situation. I've been low carb/keto since 7/11/16. At that time, I gave up grains, sugar, potatoes, rice & legumes. I do use stevia, peanuts & limited dairy (heavy cream in coffee, a couple teaspoons of halo Top ice cream each day & a slice of extra sharp white cheddar cheese a couple of times a week). I don't drink alcohol. I haven't been super-vigilant about hidden sugar, but would say that I'm 99% sugar-free. I drink maybe one diet soda every 2-3 weeks, if that. I dont really have sugar or carb cravings now. So I'm not trying to reduce cravings. I'm looking for the health benefits. I do have T2 diabetes, but it's well under control with my low carb lifestyle. I've lost 54 lbs since starting in july & 139 lbs since being diagnosed with T2 8 years ago. I've got maybe 25 lbs more to lose. I'm at a standstill on that & just generally want to be healthier & feel better. I do have some aches & pains.
I log my food to be able to track changes in blood sugar. I can stay off of the scales for 30 days, but I will continue to log food. Also, I don't eat potatoes or fruit due to their impact on my blood sugar. I'll have strawberries on a rare occasion, but not often. I guess those are what I call my nonnegotiables. And I just don't like sweet potatoes. Not prepared in any way, shape or form. Same with avocados. I've given both solid honest tries for many years.