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Leslie Goddard

Darien, IL United States
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  • Bright Line Eating

  • The Science of Living Happy, Thin & Free
  • By: Susan Peirce Thompson PhD
  • Narrated by: Susan Peirce Thompson PhD, Tanya Eby, Mel Foster, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Just wow. This book is a game-changer.

  • By Leslie Goddard on 03-30-17

Wow. Just wow. This book is a game-changer.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-17

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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