I know what your going through! I was on pred for almost a year, and gained quite a bit of weight after losing quite a bit after a flare. Here's a suggestion, weight watchers. about
a month ago, I couldn't stand it anymore. This is the most I've weighed, 205 lbs. I tried a no carb diet, and after a couple of days of diarrhea, decided that I didn't want to risk being in remission. I got a copy of the diet, and how many points the foods have in them. (I still struggle with some foods even in remission) I have lost 16 lbs. so far, and no diarrhea. I still have quite a ways to go, but am excited at 16 lbs! Fortunately, now I can eat salads, but if you can't there are other veggies I'm sure you can eat. For example, green beans I still can't tolerate, but if they are french style, they don't bother me. I tried a raw carrot a couple of weeks ago, found out I'm just not ready for it yet. But I can eat steamed carrots. Baked fries rather than deep fried, etc... I used to feel so bloated after I ate, but I don't have that feeling anymore. Good luck, I hope this helps! Also, instead of artificial sweeteners, you can have sugar, you just have to count the points.