I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin & Free by Susan Peirce Thompson
Published by Hay House on March 21st 2017
Genres: Diet & Nutrition
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.
My husband and I are doing pretty good with our weight, however, I saw this and thought it looked interesting. Susan’s story and how she deals with her own weight loss and gain were at the beginning of the book and the entire time I was reading, I just wanted to cry for her. Anecdotes are great but when they are really used well, and here her story hits home with me quite a bit, then they mean even more.
While Susan’s story is quite a bit different from mine, they are not all that far apart. I easily could have fallen into drugs and I know I use sugar to feel like my day is more balanced. The entire idea behind this book is instead of maintaining that balance, finding a new balance that is healthier.
That said, I don’t agree with everything Susan states. That doesn’t mean she’s wrong as she is the one with the degree! But in my own life I have been able to keep weight off and to maintain a healthy balance, I just know I want to be healthier. I would also prefer not to have cravings at weird times in the night or the month. While reading I sit and eat. Munch, munch, munch! It’s all these bad habits that I want to break. Susan’s way is to completely abolish all flour and sugar. It seems a little extreme. Maybe not wrong, but extreme.
While speaking with my hubby about this, and every time we talk about diets, he insists that we are doing a great job. We do eat well, that’s for sure. We eat our veggies and we eat three balanced meals a day. We spend a ton of money on food! We rarely eat out of a box, although we do enjoy cereal every once in a while. And yet still he is overweight and I am working on it. Which is why I wanted to pick this book up.
To be honest, it reminds me of the 17 day diet. The beginning of both diets have the dieter abolishing all carbs, except fruit. In the 17 day diet you do not eat or drink any type of sugar after 2 pm. They both also have a lot of fruit involved. This part freaks my hubby out!
So, while I may not subscribe completely to her way of thinking, I do understand it. I know we need some kind of change but I am not as susceptible to sugar and flour as she is, which is one reason why I am holding back a bit. My hubby doesn’t like sugar at all but does like the carbs!
In short: Interesting read. I’m not entirely sure if it is for us. Read with a grain of salt.
|Overall:||4.5 / 5|