As the conversation about fitness and nutrition becomes more mainstream, so the absolute nonsense out there increases. There are a few words banded about that I'm absolutely sick to the back teeth of and I need to get it off my chest

1. 'Cheat' meal / day

Okay, so if you've read my blog before, you'll know that I feel sheer desperation with the negative relationships some have with food. Anything that implies cheating, guilt (especially the term 'guilt-free') and good / bad foods can bore off. Food has varying degrees of nutritional value... and some foods will be better at helping you achieve your goals than others, but at the end of the day, it's about balance and flexibility. 

2. 'Go hard or go home'

I know this is often said in jest, but I have heard someone say this and really mean it. If all of your lifts are about 'going hard' then what about form, correct execution, activation, safety?! Besides which, it shouldn't just boil down to two quite ridiculous options. Oh sorry, I'm just foam rolling today, so perhaps I better go home and pop the kettle on instead. Sigh.

3. Detox

Teas, juices, shakes, or any other miracle cure... they can all go and f*ck themselves. Sorry, but detoxing is what your body should do naturally if you're treating it well. Eat plenty of whole foods, eat your veggies, drink plenty of water and you're already doing more good than any of that ridiculousness promises.

4. 'No pain, no gain'

Seriously? Do I even need to explain this one? Okay, I will, because now I'm annoyed. If you're in pain, something isn't right. Stop. 

5. Skinny

We don't need to tug on this thread again. I had a minor meltdown about this already earlier this year, but the hatred for this word still stands. I know its use is often flippant, and no harm is ever truly meant, but once again I just believe this doesn't promote a healthy body image, You can get slim people who are still incredibly unhealthy, just as you can get people who are on the higher end of the so-called BMI scale (again, more nonsense) who are a picture of health.

I'd love to hear your most hated buzzwords, and why. Hook me up with a comment below!