What Is The Bright Line Eating Program?

In a nutshell, the Bright Line Eating Program is a diet that bases its success on the adherence to strict rules called Bright Lines.

The Bright Lines include:

  • Avoiding Sugar
  • Avoiding Flour
  • Avoiding Snacking
  • Weighing and Measuring Your Food
  • Planning Your Meals for The Next Day

For an idea of how eating looks when following the bright lines, downloadable a free 5-day Bright Line Eating Meal Plan.

To adjust to this way of eating, members of the Bright Line Eating Boot Camps are offered 24/7 support in the form of coaching calls, Facebook community groups, and small groups.

The support comes from other boot camp members as well as an extensive staff made up of men and women who have completed a boot camp and reached their goal weight to become what the program respectfully refers to as “Bright Lifers.”

The Founder is Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson

The leader of this popular and fast-growing movement is Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. Susan is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester and an expert in the Psychology of Eating.

Dr. Susan has blended her experience as a formerly obese woman with her vast knowledge of how the brain drives our food behaviors to guide hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to a live a life of food freedom.

The Bright Line Eating Core Concepts

There are three core concepts at the heart of the Bright Line Eating Program.

  • Finding out where you fall on the Food Addiction Susceptibility Scale
  • Understanding how the brain blocks your ability to stick with traditional diets
  • Using the Bright Lines to lose weight

Let’s look at each of these concepts in more detail.

Taking The Susceptibility Scale Quiz

The Food Susceptibility Scale is a five-point questionnaire designed by Dr. Susan to discover your level of food addiction and your ability to control what you eat.

You can take the quiz here: Take the Food Addiction Susceptibility Quiz

The scale ranges from 0 to 10. Those that score on the lower end have a mild susceptibility to the draw of food that can be ignored or put off with willpower. While those who score on the higher end fall victim to frequent uncontrollable food cravings.

BLE Teaches How The Brain Blocks Weight Loss

Certain foods have the ability to change your brain chemistry and cause hunger and cravings. In particular, sugar and flour cause a response in the pleasure center of the brain that triggers your desire to keep eating

For a person who ranked high on the Susceptibility Scale, this desire gets out-of-control and leads to binge eating.

Dr. Susan explains that this high susceptibility may have to do with resistance to the hunger-satisfaction hormone called leptin that is present in some people.

Using the Bright Lines to Reach Your Goal Weight

Regardless of where a person falls on the Susceptibility Scale, the Bright Line Program recommends that you follow the Bright Lines every day.

This adherence to the rules ensures that you avoid sugar and flour allowing your brain chemistry and leptin levels to reset, which puts you in control of food.

While the program does expect you to follow the rules and provides a list of foods to choose from, it does give you some leeway in your daily food choices.

To give people an idea of what you’d eat on the plan, I put together a five-day Bright Line Eating Meal Plan that you can download by following the link.

Who Will Benefit From Bright Line Eating?

If you have tried diets before, but have been unable to stick with the plans due to hunger and cravings, then you will benefit from the Bright Line Eating approach.