Bright Line Eating

In Bright Line Eating Susan Pierce Thompson tells us:

“So, Bright Lines. Clear, simple, unambiguous boundaries that you just don’t cross. We’ve arrived, finally, at the heart of the matter. The most important contribution of the Bright Lines is that they bridge the Willpower Gap. Bright Lines give you clear rules for which you can—and can’t—put in your mouth. And the result is that your eating choices become automatic. You don’t have to think about them. There’s no decision to make. It doesn’t matter that it’s 4 P.M. and that you have a tray of doughnuts in front of you. You will stand there knowing exactly what you are going to eat next, and those doughnuts won’t be it. Bright Lines enable you to stop thinking about food, and to stop grappling with those 221 food-related choices a day we mentioned earlier. There is only one choice: respect the Bright Lines. Bright Line Eating, as I’ve devised it, consists of four Bright Lines: Sugar, Flour, Meals, and Quantities. …the cardinal bright line. Without it, none of the others are effective, because you have to take sugar out of the equation to allow the brain—and therefore the body—to heal.”

So, the cardinal bright line is to take sugar out of the equation.

In Fat Chance MD Robert Lustig tells us something similar: “Can low-fat and low-carb diets both be right? Or both wrong? What do the Atkins diet (protein and fat), the Ornish diet (vegetables and whole grains), and the traditional Japanese diet (carbohydrates and protein) have in common? On the surface they seem to be diametrically opposite. But they all have one thing in common: they restrict sugar. Every successful diet in history restricts sugar.” Love the willpower strategey of bright lines being applied to food and that “every successful diet in history restricts sugar”.

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