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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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2.0 out of 5 stars This book is too much about HER. June 14 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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. I really got sick of reading about how much work it took HER; how SHE had to suffer being a single Mom; how bad HER personal relationship was with HER cheating husband. I could have understood her letting me know her trials once or twice, but I think she will never get over these things if she keeps living them endlessly. GET OVER IT SUSAN, and start living a new life!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, she's been there Sept. 6 2003
By A Customer
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 motivational book a great re-read Dec 25 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. it does work. I am down 130 pounds and have maintained it for 2 years now and i feel great. when i feel like im slipping i re-read the book and i feel more motivated to "stop the insanity" more than ever.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good advice, but hard to follow Aug. 9 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 hunger. I kept wanting to eat more and more. I was hungry practically every hour on the hour. I find that if I just have a small portion of the actual taste I am longing for, like a bit of olive oil drizzled on green beans with some baked chicken, I get exactly what I want in the taste I want, and don't need to go back, and I feel satisfied and not stuffed. I don't like feeling hungry all the time. Sure, I could eat larger portions cutting the fat, but I am more of a quality, not quantity person. When I cut the fat that low, my skin and hair got a bit drier, (I've got naturally dry skin and hair due to hypothyroidism).
The nutritional advice in this book is very good, and she is very knowledgeable about food and exercise. She managed to lose a lot of weight, but this diet won't work for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for anyone wanting to be well June 3 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. In one way or another, we all can improve our nutritional and physical habits. Susan tells a great deal of her life story in this book, but it illustrates her message. She doesn't omit the comprehensive knowledge she has on food, activity and its role in wellness. Her approach is sound. She doesn't recommend diets, fads or any other commercial remedies. Anyone can improve his or her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best weightloss/life-changing book ever! March 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book if you read ALL of what she is saying. Feb. 18 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Several people reviewing this book think that Susan says to eat
anything and as much as you want. If you were really paying attention while you were reading, you will notice that she says
to eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. She shows
examples of substitutes for high fat food, but I really don't think she intended for anyone to actually eat 800 grapes instead
of one chocolate chip cookie. Also, she does not condone eating
food high in sugar or processed grains. She does advise to eat
vegetables, whole grains, lean white meat, and fruits (organically grown even). Her advise is sound and does work, if
you are willing to get off your couch and exercise and be sensible about what you eat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daring & Ruthless Attack on Stifling Corporate Diet Machines
Those who know the contemporary icon "Susan Powter" see the motivational tigress who ruled the infomercial circuit a few years back. Read more
Published on July 3 2001 by Everett Green
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
5.0 out of 5 stars First book you should read to lose weight
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. Read more
Published on May 3 2001
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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