REVIEW OF "BURN THE FAT,
FEED THE MUSCLE" BY TOM VENUTO
A Book About the Best Way for Anybody to Burn Fat and Build Muscle
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 http://fitness-after-40.ws 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
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
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,
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
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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