The basic point of SDT is that humans are motivated to govern themselves, and that we feel most engaged when we believe we are doing things from our own free will (vs. being controlled).
Of course, we know and appreciate that
…no one likes to be controlled.
We often reference the colonists’ “declaration of independence” as the prototypical application of self-determination.
So, we know that people like to be in control of their own destiny.
And people are at their best; they are experiencing the highest levels of well-being
…when they determine the course of their lives.
And according to SDT, the factors that facilitate this are: (see review at link)
So, as it applies to fitness/diet motivation
…we have to investigate to what extent are those variables undermined.
What possible threats to autonomy, competence, relatedness are hindering my success?
…Do we own our fitness decisions?
…Do we control our programming?
…Did we choose our diet plan?
…Are we responsible to eating habits?
Autonomy is generally and most notably undermined because
…MOST PEOPLE DON”T WANT TO EXERCISE AND EAT PROPERLY.
…Yeah, most people feel they are doing it because someone told them to.
…Or because it’s what society wants
…Or because it’s just following the new fad.
We’ve seen it so many times. From the outside looking in we know it’s a fail before it even starts.
Competence: It follows from lack of Autonomy
…just doing workouts because everyone else is, won’t maximize our skill set.
…we can feel uncomfortable with the exercises, struggle, and be unmotivated.
…or with diet, I can tell you to eat Paleo, but if you don’t feel competent shopping, cooking Paleo, it’s useless.
By not following our Autonomous selves, we often find ourselves in situations where our Competence is not supported.
Relatedness: feeling disconnected
…Does your family support your eating patterns?
…Does your family support your exercise?
…Do your gym or workout partners provide genuine acceptance and support?
That sense of disconnect erodes our success.
So, there you go…Theory #4.
In terms of exercise and fitness success
…it has to be owned internally, to the bottom of our values and sense of self.
And that can be achieved through any means.
Have you tried Paleo and not achieved any body-transformation?
Have you tried High Intensity and CrossFit gyms and not made any gains or improved on any exercises?
Then most likely it’s not for you.
…you weren’t motivated to succeed
…b/c you didn’t OWN IT!
You aren’t engaged in those activities for SELF-DETERMINED reasons.
Probably, you just do those things to ape “fads” and “culture.”
Step back and evaluate it.
There are loads of dietary plans that lead to success. Find one that fits YOU.
There are loads of gyms, workouts, exercise modes that lead to success. Find one that fits YOU.
This is what madfitness is all about.
Just like Kelly Starrett says, “All human beings should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves.”
…that’s a shout-out to Self-Determination.
…eating clean and light as a lifestyle (basic maintenance of diet)
…programming your exercise goals (basic maintenance of fitness)
So yeah, it takes knowing stuff about carbs and proteins, and insulin….and it takes knowing the difference between strength and power, and how to improve endurance…but that’s just
Depending on others to determine your exercise and diet goals and processes ends up in failure b/c you don’t OWN IT.
Achieve your goals = Self-Determine Goals, Control strategies, Shape your destiny.