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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Andrea Wilson
Andrea Wilson

I have used a lot of these words, excuses myself. I am working on thinking positive for I have the mind of Christ. To speak positive, blessings and not curses. The word says that life and death is in the power of the tongue. Asking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to show me when I’m speaking negative or thinking negative thoughts to bring it my attention and deal with it rightly. I know the more we put it into practice it will eventually become our nature not that you won’t have to deal with it anymore but it… Read more »

Darla Schroeder
Darla Schroeder

A lot of these words/phrases are things that I say to myself. Today I am going to watch for them and work to eliminate them from my vernacular!

Deanna Joy Wiebe
Deanna Joy Wiebe

These are all phrases I have used that keep me stuck in my state of inertia and prevent my breakthrough. Another phrase that causes trouble for me is “I’ll just…” As in, “I’ll just have one” or “I’ll just have a bite” or “I’ll just eat this big meal because I will start tomorrow”. It’s a lie. there is no such thing as “just”. Every choice matters. smile

Ena G.
Ena G.

I have learned to eliminate (or use much less frequently!) these words through WLGW! I’ve also learned to kick out “I need to” and just do what I need to do instead. This 10 Phrases blog is so wise!

Jimi Parker
Jimi Parker

I don’t have time and … tomorrow, are two of the lies I feed myself.

Josette B
Josette B

I say that I don’t have the time, I should, I want to, I have to, I wish and I know are all phrases that I use. While it is not on the list another phrase that I use is – what about my hair. When I have been successful in working out I have had a set schedule or a trainer and I was not consumed with my hair. With that said, I am off to the gym right now. Thanks.