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Book Review: Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle eBook by Tom Venuto
By Donovan Baldwin

In my personal library, which contains a wide variety of books on bodybuilding, health, and fitness, there are two particular books which I would insist on keeping if I could only have two. One is a hardback book, "The Barbell Way to Physical Fitness" by Bruce Randall, which is no longer in print, and the other is a book that I downloaded to my computer a few years ago and printed out to read and re-read.

This second book is an ebook which I purchased online for a few bucks and downloaded in a minute, with my broadband connection. This book is "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" by Tom Venuto.

While I definitely want to talk about Bruce Randall (Mr. Universe, 1959) and his book eventually, this review is about Tom Venuto and his ebook, "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle". Bruce Randall got me started on exercise, but Tom Venuto showed me a new way to use what I had previously learned.

First of all, who IS this Tom Venuto guy anyway and why listen to him?

Well, Tom Venuto has been described as a long-time natural bodybuilder, personal trainer, nutritionist and success coach. After I downloaded his ebook, "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle", and did a little research, I can honestly say that, in my opinion, that's probably a pretty accurate description of the man.

By the way, many people who are seeking guidance on how to get healthy and fit may be a bit intimidated by the fact that Tom Venuto is a bodybuilder. However, let me assure you that the information he has put in his book can be used by anybody. I have a blog on senior health and fitness at and frequently use information from his books or articles for my own blog posts.

So, let's just take a quick look at Mr. Venuto for a moment, while keeping that description in mind.

Natural Bodybuilder: It appears that Tom Venuto epitomizes the "natural" style of bodybuilding. This means that he does not believe in the use of steroids or other similar substances to produce fitness and bodybuilding results. In his bodybuilding career, which has spanned nearly a quarter of a century, he has NEVER used any of these substances. As you would imagine, his ebook, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle, explains in detail how to get the fitness, weight loss, and/or bodybuilding results you want simply by using exercise and sensible nutrition.

Personal Trainer: In addition to his long career as a professional natural bodybuilder, Tom Venuto has a a BSc. degree in exercise science. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and is also a certified personal trainer (NSCA-CPT). He is a member of the International Society for Sports Nutrition (ISSN), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength And Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Nutritionist: As was mentioned above, Mr. Venuto is a member of the International Society for Sports Nutrition (ISSN) and his ebook, "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" demonstrates his in-depth knowledge of the field of nutrition. In fact, he considers nutrition to be such an important factor in health, fitness, bodybuilding, and weight loss that in order to learn more than just what books had to offer, he actually tried different nutritional regimens and food combinations himself over the span of his career in order to be able to report first hand about what works and what doesn't.

By the way, as you learn in the 9 page introduction to his book, he bases all his nutritonal advice on foods that can be found at your local supermarket.

Success Coach: We'll skip all the degrees and accolades for this one. Let's just look at the title of the first chapter in his ebook, "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle":

Chapter 1. How to Set Powerful, Compelling Goals That Will Propel You Forward and Charge You Up With Unstoppable Motivation.

Not only is that sentence the title of the first chapter, but you could almost believe that it is Tom Venuto's personal mission statement for life in general. In fact, in reading this 22 page chapter (22 pages in my edition, but Tom is constantly revising and updating, so yours might be slightly different) I eventually gave up counting all the references cited by Tom that indicate pretty specifically where he is coming from and where he's going.

The first words on page 1 are a quote from Michaelangelo, and he makes liberal use of the insights and comments of Anthony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Dr. Maxwell Maltz, Bob Procter, and Arnold Schwazenegger, to name just a few. Throughout this chapter, and other parts of Burn the Fat, Feed the muscle, he uses the thoughts and words of many powerful and successful individuals to illustrate various points he covers in this 300+ page ebook.

That's right, folks, I said 300+ pages. There is no possible way that I can cover here all the points that Tom Venuto has included in his ebook, "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle", so instead, I offer a list of the remaining chapters so that you can get an idea of what his book contains:

Chapter 2: Why 95% of all conventional diets fail - And the 8 most powerful strategies to permanently lose fat without diets or deprivation

Chapter 3: Body composition: How to determine your fat to muscle ratio

Chapter 4: Charting your progress: How to use performance feedback to get from where you are to where you want to be

Chapter 5: Metabolic individuality and your body type: Doing your best with what you’ve got

Chapter 6: The law of calorie balance and the mathematics of losing body fat

Chapter 7: Secrets of meal frequency & timing: How to turbo charge your metabolism and turn your body into a fat-burning machine!

Chapter 8: Macronutrient ratios: The optimal combination of protein, carbohydrates and fats for improving your muscle to fat ratio

Chapter 9: Good fats vs. bad fats: How to speed up fat loss, boost muscle growth, increase energy and rev up your metabolism by eating the right fats in the right amounts at the right times

Chapter 10: Protein: The muscle builder and metabolic activator - How much you really need

Chapter 11: Clearing up carbohydrate confusion: Are carbohydrates your friends or foes?

Chapter 12: How to get as lean as a bodybuilder or fitness model using a new twist on the old low carbohydrate diet

Chapter 13: Why water is essential for fat loss, how much you need, and what else you should (and shouldn't) drink

Chapter 14: The "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" eating plan: How to design your own effective and result producing meals and menus.

Chapter 15: Supplements: What the supplement companies hope you never find out

Chapter 16: Cardio training secrets for maximum fat loss: Why it's better to burn the fat than to starve the fat.

Chapter 17: Weight training for fat loss: Why diet and cardio alone are not enough

Just by reading this list of the titles of the chapters, I am sure you can get a pretty good idea of why Tom Venuto's ebook, "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" would be of value to anyone wishing to lose weight, get fit, or just be healthy.

I used much of the information in the book myself several months ago when I decided that I was losing some of my battles with fat and age (68 years young).

Using this book as my personal guide, I reversed the downward slide on which I found myself, despite my own years of personal experience with fitness and health. As a writer, I have also used many of Tom's ideas as jumping off points for various articles on health and fitness, and I have often used his work as a reference when answering questions about health and fitness.

Whether your goal is to become a competition level bodybuilder, fit into a bikini, pick up chicks, or you just want to find effective and natural ways to lose weight, improve health, or become physically fit, I cannot find a better book to recommend to you than the ebook "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" by Tom Venuto.

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Review of "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" by Tom Venuto

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