A New York Times bestseller
Foreword by John Robbins, author of the international bestseller Diet for a New America
In this book, Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. shares the groundbreaking weight-loss solution based on her highly acclaimed Bright Line Eating Boot Camps. Rooted in cutting-edge neuroscience, psychology, and biology, Bright Line Eating explains why people who are desperate to lose weight fail again and again:It’s because the brain blocks weight loss.
Bright Line Eating (BLE) is a simple approach designed to reverse that process. By working with four “Bright Lines” — clear, unambiguous, boundaries — Susan Peirce Thompson shows us how to heal our brain and shift it into a mode where it is ready to shed pounds, release cravings, and stop sabotaging our weight loss goals.
Best of all, it is a program that understands that willpower cannot be relied on, and sets us up to be successful anyway.
Through the lens of Susan’s own moving story, and those of her Bright Lifers, you’ll discover firsthand why traditional diet and exercise plans have failed in the past. You’ll also learn about the role addictive susceptibility plays in your personal weight-loss journey, where cravings come from, how to rewire your brain so they disappear, and more. Susan guides you through the phases of Bright Line Eating—from weight loss to maintenance and beyond—and offers a dynamic food plan that will work for anyone, whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, paleo, or none of the above.
Bright Line Eating frees us from the obesity cycle and introduces a radical plan for sustainable weight loss. It’s a game changer in a game that desperately needs changing.
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Wow. Just wow. This book is a game-changer.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
- Leslie Goddard
PRICELESS - WORTH LISTENING JUST FOR THE INFO
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!
- Anastasia Joannou