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Stop the Insanity [Paperback]

Susan Powter
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June 1 2010
Forget starvation diets! Susan Powter has come with her own slogan of "get lean,strong and healthy" and stop being a "failure" in the eyes of so-called experts
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Take control of your life and stop the insanity! You've seen Susan Powter on the Home Show and on her Stop the Insanity infomercial, explaining health and wellness to millions of viewers. Taken from the "insanity" she experienced with the diet and fitness industries, Susan's step-by-step motivational book, now read by Susan herself on audio tape, will empower women everywhere to take control of their lives. In Stop the Insanity!, Susan tells you how you can get lean, strong, and healthy without starvation and deprivation. Her practical, proven program designed for women of all ages, weights, and fitness levels can change the way you look and feel just like it did for Susan. Funny, poignant and powerful, Stop the Insanity! is more than Susan's encouraging success story of how she went from fat to fit-- and stayed there. It is a message of hope for women everywhere. END --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Susan Powter is the New York Times bestselling author of Stop the Insanity!; The Pocket Powter; Food; C'Mon America, Let's Eat!; and Hey, Mom! I'm Hungry! For many years she has been inspiring audiences worldwide with her books, audios, videos, and record-breaking life-changing seminars. Visit her online at www.susanpowteronline.com.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, she's been there Sept. 6 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't agree with everything in this book, but Powter does have an edge since she's been fat. Her story of her fat years, about feeling miserable and isolated and the quotes from other women (how they feel invisible being fat when people won't even look right at you, and other sad anecdotes) are very moving. I think reading that stuff was more motivational for me than anything else. I never really got into the breathing thing, etc. Ultimately I think you lose weight by cutting calories and exercising more. Her breaking the system, or however she puts it exactly, are mainly about eating lots of low-fat and fat-free foods and cutting out the fatty stuff. For instance, you can eat one 100-calorie cookie and its calories are equivalent to, say, 5 cups of broccoli. But the broccoli's fat free. Yes, it's healthier to eat the broccoli, but sometimes you want a cookie. It'd make more sense for people to have one cookie and eat sensibly throughout the day and take a good walk a few times a week. Not high-volume eating of fat-free stuff. As for the breathing and other stuff, well, it's a bit off for me. But the stories did hit a chord with me, and that's worth something. And by the way, when I did read this book, I did lose some weight, but ultimately I got tired of the broccoli, etc, and put some back on. Now I'm counting calories and trying to work out to Denise Austin's Lifetime fitness programs at least five days a week, and I do let myself have the occasional cookie, and my clothes are feeling looser.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best weightloss/life-changing book ever! March 4 2002
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I checked this book out of the library in 1998 after having my second child and loved it. I'd never read anything like it...so real, so informative. I wasn't ready to lose weight at the time I've recently realized. I decided a few weeks ago that I'd give the weight loss centers a try and the program I was on was horrible, unrealistic, and EXPENSIVE! So I've learned my lesson. I just bought this book, Susan's FOOD book, and her LEAN,STRONG,and HEALTHY video. She explains real life facts and gets you extremely motivated IF you're ready, and that's true for anything you try to help you lose weight. You have to be ready and if you are this book will change your life and so will her FOOD book. So buy the book, get real, get up, and get a new you without spending a ton of cash! I wish every woman who needs to lose weight, develop better eating/fitness habits, and feel better all around could read this book so please, please buy this book and read it over and over until you get it and pass it on to another woman in need. You won't regret it!
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Those who know the contemporary icon "Susan Powter" see the motivational tigress who ruled the infomercial circuit a few years back. Not only must we retain any and all wisdom she put forth on those TV spots, we must keep "Stop the Insanity" on our bookshelves for future generations of potential victims of corporate fast-food henchman and diet fanatics who prey on the innocent Gazzellian souls whose only wish is to find peace in a society that tries to slash the very thurrock of everyman's soul, dooming it to a voyage of despair.
Ms. Powter puts a literary lime twist into Kafkaesque prose, cleverly diced into motivational rants against the commercial food industry. It might look simplistic at first glance; try reading a few pages out loud, and when I say "out loud," I mean add a slightly wrung tension to your voice with a medium toned shout. The depths of such writing will reveal themselves through such spoken word, as can be done with Dylan Thomas'work, or Rod McKuen's translations of Jacques Brel's lyrics.
If we decide to gain from Ms. Powter's writings, future generations will see not a TV pitchperson but the ultimate revelator, an Amazon brave enough to crush all tools of money grubbing executives who are nothing more than suited stalagmite. "Stop the Insanity" is not just a book, it is a movement that delivers us greatest source of optimism since Norman Vincent Peale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First book you should read to lose weight May 3 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read many weight loss books and have decided to review a couple of the ones I think have come out tops. My favourites would have to be this one and Volumetrics.
Susan's book was an eye opener for me as I had not realised that so much food that is labelled 'low fat' or 'lite' or even outright 3% fat is anything but! Fat percentage is only relevant in terms of total calories - not total weight! Susan's story made me laugh out loud and she is a super-motivator - I would recommend reading this book before any other more 'serious' diet book. Her over the top enthusiasm is infectious and would probably make a good primer before getting into my top weight-loss book, Volumetrics.
The approach in 'stop the Insanity' is a very low fat one (ignoring the amount of acalories consumed, which is probably not such a good idea..) but the she explains this in a very clear manner and I find this invaluable and rare and it can easily be adapted to the Volumetrics plan too. See my review for that book for further details.
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talking about (Susan Powter, meet Rosemary Green, author of the misguided "Diary of a Fat Housewife."
The only thing Ms. Powter can write convincingly about - with power and authority - are her debacles when she was fat.
A lot of her book radiates with hostility towards her ex. Her first exhusband - I believe by now she's gotten another ex - the one she raves about near the end of the book. At that point she has just gotten remarried and shares living space with her formerly hated first ex-husband - is she a control freak or what? ).
The other good thing about Susan Powter's books/infomercials is that you can always just close the book, or turn the channel to silence her. The continuing relentness attitude of "I know everything and listen to me" wears thin very fast. She really needs to consider taking a meditation class to channel some of that erratic energy.
Ms. Powter may be a good salesperson or marketing genius, but she doesn't give you credible information.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book is too much about HER.
I heard about this book from friends. I think I was caught up in their enthusiasm, which I was, for the first chapter or so. Then the author got repetative. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Anne Romain
5.0 out of 5 stars motivational book a great re-read
when I got this book two years ago I was very skeptical because i had tried everything but with no lasting results. what was said in the book really made a lot of sense. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2002 by renee phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars Good advice, but hard to follow
The basic premise of a low fat diet is that you get more "bang for your buck". However, I'm sensitive to most grains, and find that the recipes did little to satisfy my... Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for anyone wanting to be well
At first, I thought this book was going to be only for morbidly obese individuals. However, the more I read, the more I realized that this book doesn't exempt anyone. Read more
Published on June 2 2002 by Carol Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book if you read ALL of what she is saying.
Several people reviewing this book think that Susan says to eat
anything and as much as you want. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read Really Works!
Susan Powter is a little nuts, but this books is great. It taught me what I was doing wrong... or just I say how I had been tricked by the food industry and labels. Read more
Published on June 14 2001 by "drl8994"
5.0 out of 5 stars The best kept secret is finally revealed
This book is a must for anyone who wants an answer to a better body no matter what size you are or how much you want to lose. I am talking from experience. Read more
Published on May 27 2001 by lisa c christopoulos
2.0 out of 5 stars a good read but seriously flawed
If you read the reviews which gave this book five stars you will discover few of the readers cite any actual weight loss they have experienced by following the book's advice. Read more
Published on March 22 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan, thank you!
For people like me, who have been dieting their whole lives and still could not lose weight, Susan's book has not only been an inspiration, but has also provided valuable... Read more
Published on May 27 2000
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