At distinct risk of annoying some of you mightily...the way I eat - Carbohydrateaddicts LifeSpan program..ignore the marketing approach title, it was seriously researched and it works...for many with hyperinsulinemia, hypoglycemia, type 2 diabetics...and insulin dependent diabetics. We have folks with all of those, as part of the support list I am on, and this diet/way of eating is considered a serious part of caring for their health.
Insulin problems along with high cholesterol do go hand in hand (read up about syndrome x it is fascinating)...when I eat the CALP way, despite how odd it sounds that I am eating butter, mayo, and a fair amount of red meat, my cholesterol drops a LOT, in fact I just posted my most recent numbers in the weight support thread. But I'm bring it up here because 1) the book is cheap at amazon.com, and well worth reading 2) it takes away the hunger, the restless desire to eat something, you don't know what - that has *nothing* to do with emotional eating, stress or will power and everything to do with insulin not being utilized properly. It helps balance your insulin so you eat, are full, and not hungry to snack or pick at sweets. I won't eat artificial sweeteners, and have found that as the research shows and others on my support list have also experienced, something that tastes sweet is enough for me to react to as if it *is* a sugar. I'd rather have a real piece of fruit, or work a real piece of candy if I have to have it, as part of a balanced meal. It doesn't work as a snack, in fact, it is counterproductive given that it will (in some, not all) trigger insulin release.
Anyhoo....I hope this is taken in the spirit it is meant, that this is an option helping many folks, including myself (I am considered borderline diabetic and I do have hyperinsulinemia) use very seriously, not as a fad diet, to improve our health.