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RESEARCH UPDATE – Hunger and Cravings

I owe you an apology. I’ve been slacking on my obligations to regularly present findings from the Bright Line Eating Research Program in the Vlog. Starting this week, I’m going to consistently update you with the data we collect and what we’re learning from it. Watch to hear about one of our publications from 2020 and how it relates to your BLE journey.

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Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. is a New York Times bestselling author and an expert in the psychology and neuroscience of eating. Susan is the Founder and CEO of Bright Line Eating®, a scientifically grounded program that teaches you a simple process for getting your brain on board so you can finally find freedom from food.  Read Susan’s Full Story

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  1. Anonymous

    I always love the VLOGs but it bothers me as a scientific person the lack of explanation of the difference between an RCT and survey study. If we’re going to explain the research, my preference would be to fully explain the research and what that means.

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  2. Jack

    From my experience – I would suspect that sugar plays a significant role in promoting Hunger and Cravings. From my own experience, I noticed that when I gave up sugar – after 3 weeks or so, I noticed happily that I no longer was craving sugar treats and ore significantly less binging on those treats. So for example, before sugar – I would eat a sweet snack and find myself binging at time which amazed me.

    So bottom line from my experience, I would suggest focusing on the effect sugar plays in Hunger and Cravings. My guess is the more sugar the more Hunger and the more Cravings.

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  3. Fi

    Hi Susan I just wanted to reach out to you and say how interesting I’m finding your weekly vlogs and how fascinating your research is. My mother is morbidly obese and I struggle to accept and understand her condition. You are helping me to be more compassionate and less frustrated so thank you for that . Please keep up your great work!

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  4. Michael

    Hi Susan,

    Just wanted to write and let you know you’ve been a big help for me. I lost 25 lbs in 3 months, currently down 27lbs following Bright Line Eating. I have 3 more lbs to go to hit my target of 185.

    It really hasn’t been difficult. I had some interesting info that I garnered over the years (not that I was trying to lose weight at that time), but when I saw your videos, I said,” I can do this”, and it was easy. The few vlogs I saw were really helpful in giving me the additional understanding I needed.

    Thank you so much.

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  5. Cat

    I read a lot every morning, (I’m retired), and I’ve noticed that if in the story I’m reading mentions food, my mind goes directly to, “that would be so tasty, I’ve got to get something to eat”. Especially if desserts are mentioned, I have a really hard time not going into the kitchen, for a little something. I’m trying really hard to keep this under control, but lately I’ve had a lot of anxiety, – no particular reason triggers it, so maybe it’s my own brain, – but I’ve caved a lot lately. This blog has made me realize I’m susceptible to these craving, so I’m trying to skip over parts of a book where food is mentioned.

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  6. Sandi Cather

    Thank you for sharing this information from the research. Learning the science behind all of this is what brought me in and keeps me in. I have been doing this since Feb. 2016. But like others, I quit doing the research because “what the heck”. I’ve struggled over the past two years. But getting some feedback on this research has re-energized me. I’ll get back on the wagon of doing the research paperwork. Please keep us all in the loop as to what the results are! Thank you!

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  7. Jeana

    What I hear you referring to from your research findings Susan is about addiction. Abstinence from compulsive eating of our trigger foods leads to change in our brain chemistry. This withdrawal from certain foods
    allows healing of that part of the brain thus diminishing cravings.
    This is exactly my experience as a longtime
    Food Addict in Recovery.
    My comment here is not being accepted.
    I did not state this opinion before.

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  8. Jeana

    What I hear you referring to from your research findings Susan is about addiction. Abstinence from compulsive eating of our trigger foods leads to change in our brain chemistry. This withdrawal from certain foods
    allows healing of that part of the brain thus diminishing cravings.
    This is exactly my experience as a longtime
    Food Addict in Recovery.

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  9. joseph

    Absolutely! Please do keep us informed on the research. Powerful stuff! And there are excellent comments and questions here too. Dr Thompson is a strong believer in transparency, so I believe she’ll respond positively and satisfy the requests.
    Joseph in Missoula

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  10. Pauline

    I am starting my 14 weeks of eating B Lines. I have released 25 pounds and am beyond grateful! I really thought I had gotten to the point in my life where weight loss was not possible, that a lifetime of dieting had completely altered my metabolism and chemistry. I have met my first weight loss goal of 170, but have decided that I’m going to lose another 20, to get to 150, a wonderfully bright weight for me. I believe I have finally found a program that can help me achieve this. Susan, I am so grateful for your intelligence, journey, sharing nature and information you so freely offer. I am touched by your generosity. I have told many others about your program, and my 300 pound sister has already reduced 35 pounds too. Such a miracle.

    I also appreciate how you frame concepts by saying sometime like “if you have a brain that is prone to addiction……”. It’s so easy to accept and hear your information when you use this framing as opposed to “ you are an addict and therefore …..”. It’s so respectful and considerate and kind of you to know the differences between these two different approaches. Thanks again

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  11. Diane

    Thank you for this vlog. I reached out to the support team late last year to find out where the BLE research was published, or even it had been published. I got a random PDF that looked like a poster from a conference and a link to paper that mentioned BLE but was not authored by anyone in BLE. This was disconcerting and I stopped participating in the research study because why invest my time if I was not getting feedback on how the data was being used? I, like Pat above, am interested to know if the findings have been peer reviewed. I also suggest that the published papers be loaded onto the BLE website so we can access them. I came to BLE because the science made sense, I participated in the research surveys because I know how important data is. However, I stopped participating in the monthly surveys because there were no updates, not just about the data analysis, but what was in the pipeline around publishing and peer review. This vlog is one step, but it is a small one and more work is needed on this aspect of BLE because without published data, it is purely a she said scenario.

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    1. Pat

      Hi Diane, I agree with you.

      Anyone, including undergraduate students, can exhibit a poster at a conference with no methodological scrutiny whatsoever, and it’s disingenuous to say that an exhibit poster is “published” research. It’s not. Peer-reviewed studies in a credible academic journal is the standard, not internally-collected surveys from members. That’s what I’m hoping to see.

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      1. Diane

        Hi Pat,

        I am in complete agreement with you. This program still works for me after over 4.5 years. However, it is not a stretch to think that the integrity of the program may be undermined if research is not peer reviewed before publishing.

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          1. Diane

            Thank you nameless BLE team member, much appreciated

      2. Susan Peirce Thompson

        Hi Pat,
        Not all conferences are the same. As you point out, some are easy to present at, and there’s little to no scrutiny as to the quality of the presentations.
        But many conferences are indeed peer reviewed, and there are conferences whose peer-review process is so stringent, and whose acceptance rate is so low, that it’s actually easier to get published in a lower-tier journal than to be accepted to present at that particular conference. And many of those conferences publish proceedings, and those publications are absolutely peer-reviewed.
        All of our conferences AND publications have been peer reviewed. I’ll update the BLE customer support team so that they’re aware of that, too.

        Diane–thank you for your commitment to academic rigor. I hope you will resume answering the research questions. With no grant, no grad students, and no post docs, it’s not easy for me to keep up a decent publishing schedule. I’m a mother to three kids, a CEO to 33 employees (and I have no business background, so there’s a steep learning curve for me), and a mentor to literally thousands of Bright Lifers. In my ideal world I would be publishing along a schedule that’s more in line with what you’re imagining. I want you to know that I’m committed to rigorous publication. My only constraints are around time, not around desire, vision, or volition.

        Much love and respect to you both,
        Susan

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  12. James

    For what it’s worth, my personal experience coincides with your research, Tips for staying on BLE. When cravings/hunger occur, send and justify your resolve to your future self, a present to your future self – for me it’s 1 year from starting – happens to be 7/7/2022. I can’t tell you how effective this simple trick has been. Also coffee, high quality strong coffee – sipped – is a powerful craving suppressor – has pulled me back from the edge many times – of course you have to love coffee. I expect tea would work just as well. You don’t need to guzzle it and be stuck awake all night – just sip it.

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    1. Mary

      Thank you for those helpful tips James!

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  13. Kelly

    This is so true. The best part of this program is the peacefulness of non craving!

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  14. Pat

    It’s great to hear that there is research to back up the effectiveness of BLE! Could you please provide a link to the original research article and journal? What was the sample size? Was there follow up w the bootcampers to measure longer-term weight loss and hunger/cravings metrics? Was this study peer-reviewed? Thank you!

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