Bright Line Eating

Bright Line Eating

The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free

Book - 2017
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"Over 99% of people who try to lose weight don't succeed. They don't get slender and they don't stay slender long term. The average dieter spends a significant amount of money and makes four or five new attempts each year. Four or five new attempts each year with almost no hope of success. Only 1% of people will get down to their goal weight on traditional diets. Susan Peirce Thompson. Ph. D., suggests that there's something fishy going on here, something important we're not paying attention to. We don't have an obesity problem; we have an obesity mystery--and she has a groundbreaking philosophy to solve that mystery. Rooted in science and psychology, Thompson's book describes how the brain blocks weight loss and then gives us a solution. Thousands of people have participated in her Bright Line Eating Boot Camps and have used her methods to lose all their excess weight and become happy, thin, and free. Subjects covered include: How the brain blocks weight loss Overpowering cravings The susceptibility scale The weight-loss food plan What about exercise?Getting to goal weight"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc., 2017
Edition: 1st edition
ISBN: 9781401952532
Branch Call Number: 613.25 THOMPSON
Characteristics: xi, 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Feb 08, 2020

This one really really works! I have tried every diet and this is the only one I have found that I know I can do long term. I’m shrinking more each day. I finally have hope again!!!! I feel great and the quantities of food are huge!!!

Mar 05, 2019

I lost weight on my own by cutting out sugar and flour, 50 lbs enough to change my diagnosis from diabetic to not diabetic. Just by following those two rules and no others- and I can exercise very little due to medical conditions I got rid of sugar cravings which were ruling my thoughts, gaining weight constantly and being miserable. I did go through detox symptoms at first- headaches and fatigue but by eating 3 healthy meals I felt much better. Now I have gained 10 lbs back by sneaking sugar and then flour back little by little and am anxious to reboot with this plan. I didn't have to write down carbs, calories, etc because everything I ate was healthy and satisfying. Highly recommend.

Sep 17, 2018

Bright Line Eating is particularly useful for those with a food addiction, e.g. spend more time thinking about food than they’d like, or rarely feel full, or sometimes can't stop eating, or have intense cravings that feel overwhelming.

The goal of the plan is to make eating a neutral and automated activity, removing hard choices when you’re likely to slip from boredom or anxiety or busy-ness. An example of a neutral and well automated activity for most people is brushing your teeth - you build it into your routine and just do it. BLE requires a little planning and prep, but overall, I spend significantly less time preoccupied with food. Surrendering to the plan means it’s easier to say “that’s not my food,” and not having to use willpower to resist. And if you find yourself struggling, there is an Emergency Action Plan to help.

Thompson was a tenured professor who taught a college food addiction course. She explains why sugar and flour are addictive for some people based on peer reviewed, published studies. If this doesn’t apply to you it could be because not everyone who partakes gets addicted - as with alcohol or cocaine. Like 12-step programs (e.g. no alcohol for alcoholics), BLE draws “bright lines” to require 3 big meals of measured quantities. Off limits are natural and artificial sweeteners, any kind of ground foods, and snacking. Within the categories, choices are available for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores, and there is no religious component. If 3 meals won’t work for you, you are encouraged to create a different timetable and most importantly, stick to it.

The closer I follow my plan the easier it is to drop weight and keep it off. You can take the BLE online “Susceptibility” test to see how food addicted you are, and sign up for free weekly vlogs, or pay for various supported services. A lot of her vlogs are free online. The book was her way of making the program free to everyone who has access to a library. In conclusion, BLE is not for everyone, but then what is?

Feb 24, 2018

This book is LIFE CHANGING! I have never read anything like it in regards to a food plan that was flexible for any kind of food lifestyle, from vegan to Paleo, and effective. Finally, I have come to understand my lifelong battle with food addiction and have a real solution instead of another diet. I've lost 60lbs and kept it off over a year with Bright Line Eating. Thank you, SPT for writing this enlightening and encouaraging book!!!

Sep 14, 2017

Yes, this sounds very much like another book, The Diet Fix, which employs the same types of strategies. Thank you for your comment.

May 11, 2017

Uses sketchy science and the whole concept boils down to giving up sugar and flour completely, eating only three meals a day (author talks about how she had to tape her mouth shut while cooking so she wouldn't be tempted to taste food outside mealtime) and using portion control to work. Like all fad diets, it relies on reducing caloric intake dressed up in fancy terms to seem worth your time and money. Definitely not worth the time it took to skim over this.


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