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What made the experience of listening to Bright Line Eating the most enjoyable?
This book. THIS BOOK! Wow. It's a game-changer. It changes everything. Not only is Susan Peirce Thompson's approach to getting control of your food and your weight powerful and compelling and based on brain science, she also presents it in a clear, convincing, wonderfully readable way.
Hearing her narrate her book is especially powerful -- I strongly recommend the book overall, but I particularly recommend the audio version.
Thompson overturns so much -- so much! -- of what is standard, unquestioned, deeply ingrained thinking about weight loss (the old canards like "you can eat anything, just in moderation," "exercise promotes weight loss," "sugar, eaten in moderation, can be part of a healthy diet.") No, no, and no. At least, not for the majority of us.
In her compelling argument, people struggling with their weight aren't lazy or lacking in willpower. They don't need to just get off their lazy butts and get to the gym. They don't need to just stop eating so much. No. Their brains have been high-jacked. And the substances doing the high-jacking are NOT fat, salt, or simply an excessive consumption of calories. The substances are sugar and flour. Period. Fat people aren't sloths -- their brains are addicted to these substances and practicing moderation can be as much a no-win solution as practicing moderation in drug use would be to a brain addicted to heroin.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Bright Line Eating?
There are two things I especially love about Thompson's approach. One, that it's based on science. She's not guessing here. She's not making things up based on what seems logical and reasonable. She's looking at the science. And what the science suggests is pretty persuasive: Sugar is addictive to your brain. And flour might very well be too. We live in a toxic food environment where sugar and flour are everywhere and in everything. As with other addictions (in varying ways depending on your own brain susceptibility), the way forward is to remove these substances from your diet.
The bright lines are simple, clear, and unambiguous: no sugar, no flour, three meals a day, and weighing all your food.
The second thing I love is that her style is so wonderfully loving, supportive, and inspiring. Thompson writes in a way that is never condescending or dryly scientific. She tells stories, she shares her own experiences, she makes academic scientific studies easily comprehensible. But hearing her read her own book is incredible. Her warmth and love and understanding shine through her voice as well as her writing. Writing this way is not easy to do -- and speaking this way is even harder. I am wildly impressed at her ability to do this.
My only singular concern, which she does address, is that for all that this approach is simple, it's not easy. It's no easier than quitting cigarettes would be for a cigarette addict. Or quitting alcohol for an alcoholic. This is hard to do. And she does say so, when she notes that (I'm paraphrasing here), if a food plan is all it took to lose weight, everyone who wanted to get thin would be thin.
Still, I worry that readers might fall in love with her wonderfully supportive, upbeat tone in the audiobook and think that simply deciding to follow the bright lines is all it takes. Make no mistake, this is hard to do, and it requires a TON of support and self-love-and structure and help (the bright-line eating approach provides that, but you have to be diligent about seeking it out and getting it).
Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is Thompson's first audio book performance, but having listened to her videos online, I found her ability to read text as strong as her ability to speak without a text in front of her. In this audiobook, it sounds like she's just talking to you in a personal conversation. Nothing sing-songy or monotone. She's great.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listened to this book while on a drive that lasted 5 hours. And I wanted it to be longer so that I could keep going. The information in it is that good, and Susan's narration is that wonderful.
It's not often that a book comes along that has the potential to cause a seismic shift in our thinking, but this book does that. Bright Line Eating should have as profound an impact on our thinking about weight loss and the obesity epidemic as Rachel Carson's Silent Spring had on our thinking about pesticides and the environmental movement.
Any additional comments?
I really hope that everyone struggling with weight and food issues, whether they have a modest problem or a serious food challenge, gives themselves the tremendous gift of reading this book.
I worry that I'm going to sound like some nut-case, over-the-top Susan Peirce Thompson fanatic. But it's really true. Bright Line Eating has changed my life.
Like so many other reviewers, all I can say is thank you thank you thank you Susan Peirce Thompson. My deepest wish isn't that this book will help me (although I hope it does); my wish is that this book changes the world.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I truly believe Susan might have found the answer to obesity. Having said that, this book is highly recommended not only as the way to lose weigh (and keep it off) BUT for the invaluable knowledge Susan shares. For example, the information of how the brain works, concepts of the susceptibility scale, the concept of brighlines in general, the automaticity concept, the willpower gap and the link between phycological issues and processed foods is priceless!! Highly recommended to anyone whether they have a food addiction, want to lose weight or want to follow the brightline movement. This is an excellent book!
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Would you consider the audio edition of Bright Line Eating to be better than the print version?
Absolutely, I consider the audio edition of Bright Line Eating to be better than the print version because I can listen to the author's voice.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The author, Susan Peirce Thompson, for her honesty and passion in reaching her dream to write a book that will help millions of people with their loss weight and addiction to food.
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The narrator is the author Susan Peirce Thompson and she is wonderful. She brings her own experience, warmth and enthusiasm in her performance.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I waited for this book my whole life! I followed the method described in the book and in 9 months I dropped 5.8 stones going from size 20 and a BMI of 36.6 to size 10 and a BMI of 24. I will be forever grateful to Susan Peirce Thompson for her vision of writing a book about food addiction and about how to live Happy Thin and Free. She helped to get my life back. The audio format is great as I can listen to it anytime, anywhere and it's going to be part of my EAP. What is EAP? You have to listen to or read the book to find the answer. It's fascinating and in the same time so simple.
Any additional comments?
The book represents a holistic approach to food addiction, based on the author's life experience, study and research. It contains amazing scientific information and neuroscience research presented in such an easy to understand manner by Susan Peirce Thompson and includes interesting study cases. The book describes a method that does not rely on willpower but on automaticity and integrity with food. The food plan is a simple, ingenious and reliable solution to gain and maintain the ideal weight. "Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin & Free" may very well constitute "The Book" for anyone who wants to achieve a healthy eating style and break free from food obsession, simply following 4 Bright Lines, eating whole foods and learning about the inextricable link between our brain, body and soul.
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Where does Bright Line Eating rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Obviously Bright Line Eating is not a story but is still quite absorbing. I listened with interest to this slightly different way of thinking about food. As with all weight loss books, the only thing that matters is did I lose weight? Well yes in the past two weeks of following Susan Peirce Thompson's rules I have lost 6lbs. I didn't find it hard to follow. (I had already lost 8lbs in the previous 4 weeks).
What other book might you compare Bright Line Eating to, and why?
Never Binge Again by Glenn Livingston has a similar thinking behind it.
Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?
The author narrates the book and I think it's her first. She's very American (being an American!). Might grate against some Brits but I find it OK. She is a very prolific You Tuber so I often have her wittering away in the background whilst I work and have got used to it!
Any additional comments?
Like all self help books, you have to take from it the bits that will serve you and let go of the bits that are of no interest (I'm not a great one for meditating or journalling but I'm not marking the book down because the author goes on a bit about those practices because that advice might be useful to someone else). It is a shame that the app which is not yet launched is mentioned so often, that gets a bit irritating. Also clearly diets and coaching are big business so the whole book does feel a bit like a marketing tool sometimes. Still - I'm losing weight so....... pretty much everything else is forgiven.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
If you have ever struggled with food & weight, just read this book. Now. Brilliant & life changing.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
but she provides hope and a path to food freedom. highly recommend ! get it
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