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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (June 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607567
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 513 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #697,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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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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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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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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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