I just finished a 10 week bootcamp on “Bright Line Eating”. The program was nominally 8 weeks, but Susan Peirce Thompson, the leader of the program, gave us a bonus 2 weeks free at the end, with more coaching calls and video modules. It was great. I love the very supportive atmosphere of the group. And the program curriculum was excellent. I’m on day 68 of following the plan exactly, which is a miracle. The “bright lines” that you follow are 1) no flour, 2) no sugar, 3) 3 meals a day (no snacking) and 4) quantities (weighed and measured). Susan offers several food plans to choose from, e.g., for weight loss or maintenance, and for meat eaters and vegans; or you can modify them to follow your favorite program. I was able to mesh her plan with Dr. Fuhrman’s 6-week plan (from Eat to Live) perfectly.
I logged my weight whenever I started a diet and was using cronometer to track calories, so that’s why there are several downward trends followed by gaps. Unfortunately every time I started a diet, I was heavier than the last time! I ate mostly Whole Foods Plant Based (WFPB) during that time but I overate, and I also went off plan more and more frequently as time went on. When I went off plan (eating vegan junk food mostly), I would want to eat everything that had been forbidden to me—my favorite vegan cookies, and salty, oily entrees—before going back on plan. Boy did I feel awful doing that since I’m not used to any added salt, oil and sugar. So, no wonder I gained weight.
I’m so happy that Bright Line Eating (BLE) has worked for me (so far!). I find it easy and I really enjoy the food. All the popular leaders in the WFPB community say you don’t need to count calories or weigh and measure food to lose weight. So several people I know have had negative reactions to the “weighing and measuring” of BLE, more so than the "no flour" and "no sugar," which surprised me. I find the weighing and measuring easy-peasy: You just weigh groups of foods, like your protein source, your cooked veggies, your salad and your fruit. Sure, it feels silly to put back 1/4 oz of broccoli, but it’s also easy and involves no decisions or willpower, and that’s one of the big reason this program works.
I still have 10 lbs I’d like to lose, and I’m not ready to strike out on my own, so I’m planning to join the next bootcamp starting in June. I’m hoping to get to my goal weight in July. This and my exercise classes should increase my chances that I can do my dream backpacking trip in the Fall.