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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607567
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So I went out and bought her book and tapes.
NurAbdullah
Susan Powter is wonderful in her positive expression of her seething vicious angry hatred of her ex-husband.
PL
If you are struggling to lose weight, GET THIS BOOK!!!!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Gorski (Nic@unforgettable.com) on July 18, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I can't pinpoint what it is about Susan Powter and her book that made me so motivated, but whatever it is, it got me moving! And I mean moving. I was doing nothing all day but watching soap operas surrounded by comfort foods. The first time I read Susan's book I started reading around 7 pm in my very messy bedroom, which matched my life, a total mess. I didn't go to sleep that night, I could not put the book down!! By 8 am breakfast had been served, all the laundry in the NEIGHBORHOOD had been done and my own bedroom, which often reflects my mood, was spotless. If you lack motivation, you are probably not reading this review right now, it is probably someone who cares about you. I urge, no urge is not the right word... I SCREAM AT YOU: GET THIS BOOK!! IT IS THE WAY TO A HEALTHY BODY, LOOKING AND FEELING BETTER! I wish everyone out there who needs this book could have it...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 information on how our bodies work and what needs to be done in order to lose FAT (not muscle or fluids). I have also realised the dangerous game behind the diet industies that sell fake hopes to overweight people who want to lose weight- and lose their health in the process. Susan's suggestions make so much sense (cut down on fat not calories)! Plus, the book is so much fun to read! Thanks Susan, that's all I can say!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By WestGrl VINE VOICE on January 21, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Years ago when Susan Powter first came out... the book with the workout tape, etc. I bought it. I had knee surgery & during my recovery time had packed on the pounds. I knew the basics of weightloss but was still unsure of the details. How many calories are too many? You know the deal. The workout tape was great because it wasn't high impact, it worked for my recovered knee. The basics of her diet were easy to understand & easy to work into my daily life. I could easily go through a supermarket & look at the nutritional list & decide if it was ok or not without a calculator, book, cheat sheet, etc. I am horrible at math so this was quite an accomplishment. I've recently bought some of the newer diet books, the ones that focus on the mentality & emotional parts of weight gain & quite frankly been bored silly. Susan Powter did have a lot of hype, etc. but you know what? She was alive & fun & didn't bore me silly & made it very easy to understand. She also makes it clear that you do what you can do. Can't follow an excersize video because you are too large or have a bad joint, then modify it & do what you can because something is better then nothing. You can tweak the diet, it's not an exact science but it gives you a place to start. I should add, that I lost over 30 pounds and her way of watching what you eat & working out was the only one that worked for me.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By NurAbdullah on October 7, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was first introduced to Susan by a friend who weighed before I met her 350 pounds. When I started to gain weight I met my friend who was smaller than me. She would always telling me to watch what I ate. She one day showed me a picture of herself and she was really fat. She explained everything about the Susan Powter program and I now weighing 210 wanted to know more. So I went out and bought her book and tapes. Threw my scale away and never looked back. I began to walk 20 minutes a day. I begin to eat, eat and eat and I watched what I ate. NOw 125 I eat when I want and what I want. If I want steak I have steak. but I also eat my vegetables and fruits. And I love rice and bake potatoes.I have a six pack and two children, born after losing the weight. I don't see my friend that often but I am really happy to have met her. The most important thing I learned was that I had to know what I was putting in my mouth and how much. I had to move, walk, jump and run, I couldn't sit on the couch and expect to lose weight because I knew how much fat I was eating. Knowing wasn't enough. I had to burn off the fat already on my body. And it took me a little over eight months. It works. It really does.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
I bought this book almost one year ago to the day, having tried for nearly two months to find a copy. I began reading it on the day that my 20 year marriage broke up and it was my salvation for the first week following that fairly traumatic experience. I have never read such a motivating tale and felt that every word was aimed directly at me. I'm delighted that by following the most sensible advice I've ever heard - and I've tried every diet known to the Western world (and probably some that aren't!) that I have already lost over 60lbs and it's still coming off! I've now ordered the audio version to listen to at the gym! Thank you, Susan Powter, long may you reign!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "emmsa-orr" on January 21, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like so many, I have tried the diets - I thought I knew it all, did all that calorie counting stuff. IT JUST DOESN'T WORK! Susan Powter smashes through the myths and misinformation of the diet & fitness industry, explaining why every calorie reducing/starvation diet is doomed to fail in the long-term. She makes it all so simple and shows you how food can become your friend, not something you have to deny yourself or agonise over. I am following her advice and as a result, I'm getting fitter, leaner, feeling great and enjoying as much food as I want - whenever I want it. It's soooo much fun! Much of it is common sense, but she tells you how to avoid the pitfalls and cons, especially where food labelling is concerned. She also teaches the MOST EFFECTIVE way of getting the body you want. There are times when you think this woman is a little crazy! (She even says so herself) But you will come to realise that every line is relevant in making you understand where she came from, what she put up with and how she survived it all to become the wonderful person and teacher she now is. When I read her story; starting out 18+ stone (250+ pounds), alone, broke and miserable - then to the day she went shopping and bought a size 8, black string bikini - I couldn't help the tears. It gets me every time I re-read it. You too often see reviews which say "This book will change your life...". Well this book will NOT change your life if you only read HALF of it, or if you don't FOLLOW the advice properly. However, if you buy into Susan's philosophy and stick with it (at least 85% of the time!) you WILL improve - it's that good.Read more ›
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