There are words that need never be said. I am committed to avoid the use of words such as “ugly” and “fat.” Worse than hurtful, they are not useful, especially with regard to the wondrous function of the human body.
The word I most enjoyed banishing from my personal glossary—“diet,” as in, “I need to go on a diet.” Used in that context, “diet” represents restriction, frustration, and guilt. Whether the goal is to lose eight pounds or 80, these words make the process more arduous and might possibly be the nudge that sends us—butt over band box—off the wagon.
Diets have a way of making us feel bad about ourselves, like we aren’t worthy and must change in order to be accepted. It’s usually when we’ve been overtaken by frustration and guilt that we give up, and go back to our comfortably destructive habits—only this time feeling like a quitter, bearing a little more shame.