I read and review dozens of weight loss plans and Tom Venuto’s Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle has to be one of the most complete and detailed guides to losing fat I have come across. Tom has poured his 20 plus years of experience and knowledge into this ebook and leaves nothing out. It really could be the only guide to fat loss one ever needs to read.
Being a 7 time natural bodybuilding champion, there is no one that better understands losing fat like Tom. After all, anyone who can get down to 3.7% body fat without compromising muscle loss really knows what they are talking about.
There are no gimmicks, scientific jargon or unrealistic promises. The plan is written for the average person to understand and follow and is based on sound fat loss principles. Primarily, the program is based on “calories in vs. calories out.” Tom believes that each person can be grouped into specific body types and that once you understand your body type, you can then figure out the exact calories and micronutrient ratios your body needs to create a calorie deficit and lose weight.
The majority of the eBook is dedicated to understanding nutrition and by the end of the diet section, you will feel like an expert on carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. You’ll learn which foods to choose, which ones to avoid, when and how often to eat, and how much of each type is best for your body and goals.
In addition to thoroughly discussing nutrition, Tom also goes over other key elements of his plan such as motivation, goal setting, measuring body fat, tracking progress, as well as exercise and training.
The exercise and training portion is based on a lot of theory, so for those looking for specific exercise routines to do with instruction on how to perform each exercise, you may be disappointed. Tom does provide his top 5 exercises for each muscle group and also gives a suggested plan for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels to follow, though. You will just need to learn the proper form of each exercise on your own. A simple way to do this is to ask a trainer at the gym or check out a YouTube video on the exercise you want to learn.
Supplements are not essential for the Burn The Fat plan, but a multivitamin and omega 3 supplement is suggested. Meal replacement bars or drinks are also recommended for those that don’t have enough time to prepare meals or eat.