Friday, April 10, 2009

Pros and Cons of Overeating (or Not)

This is from a skill from DBT where I look at the pros and cons of overeating versus not overeating in order to help me make better decisions when I get urges to overeat.

Pros of Not Overeating
  • Lose Weight
  • Save Money
  • Sense of Mastery
  • Better Health
  • More Time
  • Practice DBT skills
Cons of Not Overeating
  • Frustrating
  • Time Consuming (planning, reading, tracking)
  • Lot of Effort
  • Tiring
  • Feel rebellious
  • Boring/Mundane
Pros of Overeating
  • Soothing
  • Feels Good
  • Eat What I Want
  • Don't Need to Feel Difficult Emotions
  • Instant Relief
  • No Food Diaries
Cons of Overeating
  • Isolation
  • Won't Lose Weight
  • Will Gain Weight
  • Physically Uncomfortable
  • Feel Hopeless
  • Bad Health
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Worries My Family
  • Won't Live As Long
  • People Are Judgmental (Even Doctors)


  1. Just wanted to let you know I think this is a great list and I'm really pulling for you.

  2. One of my favorite rationales for not overeating (and trust me, it certainly doesn't work all the time, but if I'm batting 51%, I figure I'm ahead of the curve) is that the great white psychologist (aka the fridge or the pantry--mine are both white, yours may be black or nickel or stainless or whatever) does not have a degree and has never yet solved one of my problems or even helped me solve one of my problems.

    Good luck! Seems like you're working hard to get your head on board with the losing weight thing and that's HUGE.


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