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?