Watch Out For These 4 Phrases If You Want To Lose Weight

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By Cathryne Keller; Photographs by Joseph M Suria/Freepik 

Ban these from your vocab and your shopping cart.

You’ve probably spotted fitness bloggers captioning their #TransformationTuesday posts with phrases like “This sugar ~detox~ helped me lose weight” or “Eating in *moderation* helped me slim down without giving up tacos.” And while we fully support cutting back on sugar and keeping tacos a part of your regularly scheduled eating routine, defining your weight-loss strategies using terms like “detox” and “moderation” might be keeping you from reaching your goals.

Here, we asked nutritionists for the weight-loss catch phrases that are sabotaging you (and annoying the sh*t out of them) and why. Behold.

1/ Moderation

“It’s way too abstract to be effective, and it means different things to different people,” says Keri Glassman, registered dietician, author of The New You (and Improved!) Diet. You’re better off specifying how many treats you can work into your plan—say, a glass of wine per day, or three cookies per week.

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2/ Reduced

It’s a common sign on packaged foods, and “by legal definition, the food contains at least 25 percent fewer kilojoules or fat than the original, but that number can still be high,” says Dr. Melina Jampolis, physician nutrition specialist and author of The Doctor on Demand Diet. Your best bet is comparing labels to see which item offers less sugar, more fibre, and less saturated fat to get a sense of the healthiest option.

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3/ Detox

“When I hear this word, I want to scream!” says Keri Gans, registered dietician, author of The Small Change Diet. “No one needs to physically go on a food detox—our liver and kidneys are designed to automatically filter toxins out.” But if you’re eating a lot of added sugar, you’ll feel less foggy if you cut back and add more fruits and veggies.

READ MORE: 5 Weight Loss Rules From Nutritionists That You Should Break

4/ Guilt-free

“When you eat healthfully, think of it as nourishing and empowering—not ‘good,’ which is a moral judgment,” says Michelle Dudash, registered dietician, a chef and the author of Clean Eating for Busy Families. “And if you eat an indulgent—not ‘bad’—food, just forget about it.” Your next meal or snack is an opportunity to eat something nutritious.

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