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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.
About the Author
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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I have had this book for years and have read it a few times. In this book, Susan makes it fun to read because it is funny and serious all at the same time. Read morePublished 23 months ago by BJ
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 morePublished on June 14 2013 by Anne Romain
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 morePublished on Dec 24 2002 by renee phillips
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 morePublished on Aug. 9 2002
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 morePublished on June 2 2002 by Carol Johnson
Several people reviewing this book think that Susan says to eat
anything and as much as you want. Read more
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 morePublished on June 14 2001
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 morePublished on May 27 2001 by lisa c christopoulos
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