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Comment: Someone told me that the 1990s fitness guru, Susan Powter of
"Stop the Insanity" - was never really obese and she was a sham. WHAT??!!?

Her claim to fame was that she was obese and her husband left her - so she
lost all the weight and became a fitness instructor. I hate to think she
was skinny all along... that story is an inspiration - but is it true?

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I remember when she was popular, and I saw a man on a talk show (how's that for specific) claiming that the before pictures were not Susan Powter, and that no one could have been as fat as she claimed to have been and become completely fit. I don't remember what his arguments were other than that she just wouldn't look that good if she'd been that fat.

I can't find anything else about it now. Web searches for " "Susan powter" "stop the insanity" fraud" " come up with lots of hits, but none on this topic.

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The OP rang a bell, so I did some digging:

This New York Times article states


She remains close to her father, but her relationship with one brother, Mark, is especially embittered. He appeared on the television program "Inside Edition" to renounce his sister and claimed that she never weighed 260 pounds and that her program is a hoax.

"It's low-rent when blood sells for money," Powter said on the show. To which her brother responded, "I'd rather be a rat than a lying guru."

Mark's credibility was severely compromised when their father, Colin, sided with his daughter. He verified that Mark has "a vendetta" against Susan, and that the police had been called to arrest him after he went to her home and made threats against her.


Your guess is as good as mine whether it's true.

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I've heard those rumors. I don't know if they're true, but I do find it interesting that now she's hooking up with women and marketing diets to feminist lesbians.

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Her skin, if I recall her appearance correctly, is in remarkably good shape considering how much weight she's supposed to have lost.

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I don't think this woman was ever that big.
Her skin is AMAZINGLY resilient if she was.
No stretch marks,no extra arm flab,no droopy skin ???
IMO,Anyone who has ever lost weight knows this isn't possible.

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Her claims were probably exaggerated. Stories can sort of take on a life of their own.
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I lost over 150 lbs. in just under 6 months (not healthy, I know) and I had no skin sagging problems whatsoever. I was in my forties and Powter was much younger and lost her excess weight more slowly.

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quote:
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I've heard those rumors. I don't know if they're true, but I do find it interesting that now she's hooking up with women and marketing diets to feminist lesbians.

I always figured her to be a feminist lesbian because of her hatred for men. I use to watch her infomercials from time to time and after awhile I got the sense she was advocating a different agenda then weight loss. She started to espouse some of her political views and even attacked Rush Limbaugh. Not that there is anything wrong with that but that is not what she was setting out to do. She was a weight loss guru not a Feminazi. I am so glad she faded into oblivion.

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