10 Phrases and Words to Never Say If You Want to Lose Weight

Do you believe that your speech can impact your weight loss? I sure do. A big part of my coaching is to help women understand that their words proceed their actions. So a good place to begin to change your negative actions is by changing your speech.

Continue reading to learn about the power of your words and how they can sabotage your weight loss efforts.


If your goal is to lose weight, here are 10 phrases to eliminate from your vocabulary:

1.  "IT'S HARD." People often say exercise is hard—that making time for your health is hard. It's not hard—it's just new for you. But as you continue to tell yourself it's hard, your mind will come into agreement with your words and it will continue to get harder and harder for you.

2.  "I KNOW." People often say "I know". But the essence of truly knowing something is to do it. Until you do it, you don’t really know.

3.  "BUT, ...." Every time we say "but" we cancel out everything before the "but". When I tell someone to exercise for just 10 minutes a day I would hear, “I would love to exercise 'but' you don’t know how hectic my schedule is." Essentially this means, I really don't want to exercise.

Proverbs 15:4 - "Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit."

4.  "I SHOULD"; "I WANT TO"; "I MUST"; "I HAVE TO"; "I WISH.” These are all future tense words that keep you procrastinating and making excuses. They only keep you stuck in the cycle.

5.  "I'LL TRY." This is another non-committal word. Use proactive, definite words that your mind will get excited about and find creative ways of obliging you—use words like, "I commit to" and "I choose to".

6.  “I’LL START TOMORROW OR MONDAY.” The best time to start is now. Deferring your goal intensifies the perceived pain.

Proverbs 16:24 - "Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body."

7.  "I DON'T KNOW." This phrase is equally as bad as “I know”. It prevents you from thinking or taking action. If I ask someone when do they plan on exercising and they respond, "I don't know", it's a clear indication that they are not committed to their fitness program.

8.  “I CAN'T.” People often will say, "I can’t" even before they’ve tried. A more appropriate response is, "I will do my best".

9.  “I HATE.” Clients say to me, "I hate cardio" or "I hate working my abs". The word hate has strong emotions tied to it, and like other words, when you say it enough it will become part of your subconscious mind which is beyond powerful. Instead, focus on the benefit of the activity you dislike.

10.  “I DON'T HAVE THE TIME.” This phrase is never the real issue. People who say they don’t have the time have not made exercise a priority yet. You give your time to what you deem as important. If you are ready to get in shape, then you will make time.

Proverbs 18:20 - “Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person’s lips bring satisfaction.”

Did you notice any of the words on the list that you say often? Share them below and I challenge you to notice when you say them and start to replace them with something affirming instead—scripture is always a great option, too!

Your words precede action, so if you’re really ready to make a change in your health, then it's time to get present to these words that you use and start to eliminate them from your speech. Click To Tweet

Proverbs 20:15 - “Wise speech is rarer and more valuable than gold and rubies.”

P.S. if you are tired of circling the same mountain over and over and want a Christ-centered approach to lasting weight loss without feeling guilty, deprived, or overwhelmed, be sure to sign up for our video course program right away at cathymorenzie.com

Until Next Week,


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Ellen M.
Ellen M.
1 year ago

My favorite thing to say is “I’m trying”, even when inside I know I’m not. This article really opened my eyes to the words that come out of my mouth.

1 year ago

I’ve said every one of these phrases and I commit to stop right now in Jesus’ name!!!!! Truly, He’s the only one who can help me with each step of this journey!!!!