Tom Venuto, a respected fat loss expert, natural bodybuilder, and personal trainer, has not just pumped out yet another "diet" into an already over-saturated market. Tom Venuto's Burn the Fat, Feed The Muscle can be more accurately described as a "Fat Loss Bible." It is quite simply one of the most complete, detailed, and precise guides to fat loss that we have ever seen.
What makes it so much different than other weight loss publications on the market?
Well first of all, it's not a "weight loss" program, it's a "fat" loss program. This may seem like semantics or wordplay at first, but once you've read just the first three chapters, there will be no doubt in your mind that pursuing "weight loss" is not only the wrong goal, it may be the reason that you've failed to reach and maintain your ideal body weight. Burn The Fat shows you exactly why it's fat you must lose, not "weight" (which includes muscle, water and other lean tissue) and then goes on to show you exactly how to do it.
Secondly, what makes Burn The Fat different is the attention paid to each and every element of successful fat loss. It's the thorough dispelling of myths and fallacies. It's the complete attention to detail, the dotting of every "i" and the crossing of every "t". Seriously -- by reading Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle, you'll learn more than the contents of an entire bookshelf of mainstream weight loss publications down at your local bookstore.
You may be asking yourself, "Is this a low carb diet? A high protein diet? A high fat diet? What's the ratio of carbs to proteins," and so on.
The truth is that in Burn the Fat, there is no single "perfect" ratio of carbs to fats to proteins. And Burn the Fat is neither a high protein diet, or a low carb diet. That's because you will determine your own ideal macronutrient ratio by analyzing your body type (are you an endomorph, ectomorph, or mesomorph?), determining your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate, or the amount of "maintenance" calories your body requires daily) and activity rate, and assessing whether you are carb tolerant or carb intolerant. This makes sense -- each one of us is a unique individual, and no one diet will work for everyone. Tom says the secret of the magical nutrient ratio is that there is no magic nutrient ratio.
This might all sound impossibly complicated right now, but Tom does an excellent job of explaining everything thoroughly.
One of our favorite chapters in the book is the first one, "How to Set Powerful, Compelling Goals That Will Propel You Forward and Charge You Up with Unstoppable Motivation". Here Tom illustrates that not only is he a world class drug free bodybuilder, but a pretty darn good psychologist and success coach too. There's a great quote here from Vince Lombardi...
"The dictionary is the only place success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must all pay for success"... that does a nice job of setting the stage for the entire program. I really like this chapter, and even stopped to make note of my own goals. After this, Tom takes us into the complete mechanics of fat loss at full speed. Occasionally though, there's so much material that it becomes a tad overwhelming, except maybe to very serious readers.
In Chapter 3, "Body Composition: How to Determine Your Fat to Muscle Ratio", Tom explains the importance of accurately measuring your body fat composition, and why it is the most accurate indicator of health and fitness. There's nothing wrong with this, of course -- it's completely true and one of the foundations of getting your program off on the right foot. The only problem is that this particular chapter contains a ton of additional information (like detailed examinations of more popular, less effective methods of measuring body composition), that the average dieter may not need to know.
If there is a fault to Burn the Fat, it is that there is so much information here. But otherwise, it's all good, and everything from fat burning foods to fat burning exercise is covered in detail.
Who will benefit most from Tom Venuto's Burn the Fat?
In the broadest sense, anyone and everyone who needs to lose weight. Men, women, bodybuilders, fitness enthusiasts, and especially motivated individuals and avid readers will love this volume. With that said, however, I must also say this...
Anyone looking for a candy-coated solution to fat loss, anyone looking to be told fairy-tales, and anyone looking for a "magic bullet" offered by the likes of body wraps, apple cider vinegar, diet pills and negative calorie foods, might be best advised to steer clear of Burn the Fat. Tom doesn't beat around the bush. There are no "30 lbs. in 30 days" miracles at work here. It's all about intelligent eating choices, planning, and hard work. As Tom himself says...
Burn the Fat is simple, but it's not easy.
I might caution that for weight loss newcomers, Burn the Fat is is a fairly intense volume (although well written and easy to follow), that will require a significant time commitment just to get through it, cover to digital cover. And read it cover to cover you must.
Burn the Fat is not something you can download and read in an evening (plus, it comes with about half a dozen bonus reports, including the ebook, "How to Meausure Your Body Fat In The Privacy Of Your Own Home"). If you had trouble struggling through the first few chapters of Barry Sears' Enter the Zone, or The Atkins Diet, you'll likely find Burn the Fat a little heavy. That doesn't mean, of course, that you shouldn't attempt to read Burn the Fat. Quite the opposite, I strongly recommend that you do so. But I suggest you pull out your calendar or daytimer, and schedule a half dozen or so hour-long slots that you can commit entirely to this publication. Otherwise, you'll be wasting your time and your money.
Aesthetically, Burn the Fat is a clean and professionally formatted PDF file. It's a little on the plain side, being just text, but that makes it an ideal volume for printing and reading in the comfort of a favorite chair (something I highly recommend, by the way).
Initially, I thought Tom Venuto's Burn the Fat was priced a little on the high side -- $39 is a fair chunk of money for a PDF-formatted ebook. However, now that I've read it, I no longer feel that way. As with any informative publication, you're not really paying for the materials used to compile the document, but the information contained within and what it can do for you.
Burn the Fat and its accompanying bonus reports is well worth the $39 price tag, probably even twice that amount... provided you can make the commitment to reading and implementing it. If you are serious about losing weight, and are sick and tired of "spinning your wheels" and going nowhere, we highly recommend this publication as one of our top picks.
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