Discipline derives from consistency and strength. Restriction develops from deprivation and doubt. Learn the difference so you can get back to accomplishing your goals instead of running out of steam.
All too often we mistake “restriction” with “discipline”, especially when it comes to diet. These words are far from synonyms yet we treat them interchangeably.
Discipline is a result of having focused repetitive efforts toward one specific goal. Is it easy? No. But it draws upon your inner strength and passion to achieve.
Specifically relating to your nutrition regimen, setting and hitting appropriate macronutrient targets each day for months is discipline. It requires conscious effort toward your goal, whether it’s qualifying for the CrossFit Games or getting off your Type II Diabetes medication.
Restriction, on the other hand, deprives you of basic needs and wants. It has the illusion of discipline without the passion or goal behind it. It is, instead, driven by fear, doubt, and insecurity.
Unfortunately, restriction happens all too often when we try to tackle weight loss. Without loving ourselves and coming from a place of compassion, fear and frustration seep in. We lose sight of our goals and end up restricting ourselves.
If you find yourself on the restriction train:
1. PAUSE for a moment.
2. Revisit your goal & passion
3. Practice compassion for yourself
These are just two examples of discipline and restriction relating to nutrition but the principles here can be applied universally.