We can't help it. When we think of hateful four letter words, DIET comes to mind. While it's commendable to wanna eat well, there are certain diet catch phrases we've well and truly had it with. From guilt-tripping us about our portions to fact-stating false truths, any dieter who churns out the following phrases is guaranteed to put us in a bad mood.
"I'm SO full"
After eating practically nothing. *Cue the rage.
"I can't believe how much junk I used to eat."
Usually said after seeing us tuck into our second packet of chips. Thanks for that.
"I ran 10K this morning."
We really, REALLY didn't need to know that.
"I can't eat dairy/gluten/wheat - it makes me so bloated."
Do we sympathize with your food allergies? No. No we don't.
"I've got to be good; I'm getting ready for my bikini body."
Want a bikini body? Just put your body in a bikini.
"I can't decide whether to go to the gym tonight or just be good and eat salad."
We can't decide if we still wanna be friends.
"I wish I had your legs/stomach/butt"
We wish you'd Shhhhh!
"I haven't eaten anything all day."
Er... congratulations? We're not sure how to respond to this. Try food?
"I really need to lose three pounds"
Okay, Regina George. When someone says this in earnest, we have to roll our eyes. Everyone loves to quote Mean Girls now and again, but no one should actually try to be Queen of the Plastics.
"I'm so fat"
A) Fishing for compliments is not fun.
B) You've just made whomever you said that to feel extremely uncomfortable.
C) If you're saying this to someone bigger than you, they'll wonder what you truly think of them, and that's just cruel.
"I don't eat breakfast"
People don't call it "the most important meal of the day" for nothing! Numerous studies have shown that people who eat breakfast weigh less than their morning meal-skipping components. Dieting fail.
"I don't eat butter - do you have any margarine?"
*Eye roll. For some reason, margarine got a rap of being "better" for you than butter, but the truth is that margarine is a highly processed food that was invented to replace butter. (Butter lovers: always go for the real stuff, just not too much of it!)!
"Potatoes are bad for you"
Not really! OK so French fries aren't exactly health food but potatoes that haven't been fried actually have fat-fighting properties. There is no need to be scared of spuds.
"I don't eat carbs"
Gahhhhhh we thought the Atkins craze was over! Carbs are not the devil everyone makes them out to be. You need them for energy. And for happiness.
"No thanks, I'm being good"
We offered you a cookie. And now we're bad?
"I work out so that I can eat what I want"
That's not quite how it works! Exercise will never completely erase ongoing poor food habits, and it isn't supposed to.
"I'll just have water, thanks"
At dinner? Fine. At happy hour? Give us a break.
"I'm eating healthy now, so I only drink diet sodas"
Any nutritionist worth her chia seeds would tell you that diet soda may have less calories, but it's still not all that healthy.
"Is that gum sugar-free?"
"Egg whites only, please"
Egg yolks get hated on because they contain 54 calories each, in comparison to the whites of one egg, which rings in at 16 calories. But the yolk is where much of the good stuff - Vitamin A, calcium, Omega-3s - lives. Eggs aren't supposed to be split up this way. Why would you do that?
"Are you really going to eat that?"
ARRRGGGHHH&%#$! This may be the most offensive of all. Yes, we are going to eat that cheeseburger. And fries. And maybe even a shake. So mind your own damn business.
"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels"
Only Kate Moss is allowed to say that. And even so, it's kind of a sad thing to say. She clearly hasn't tried a Caramel Frappuccino in a while.
"You should try the diet I'm on"
Wait a second. Now you're insinuating that just because you want to lose weight, we should try to lose weight, too? Or worse yet, are you trying to tell us that we need to drop a few pounds? Oh no she didn't!
What do dieters say that drive you crazy? Tweet us @wewomenUSA!