'Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle' Book Review

Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle review

Tom Venuto / Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle

"Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" is a comprehensive guide for those willing to invest a significant amount of time and effort into their fitness journey. Be forewarned: This plan is simple but not easy. According to Oprah Magazine, author Tom Venuto is “honest about what it really takes to lose weight.” If you want to make a major lifestyle change, this book could be the perfect way to do it. However, depending on your goals, it isn't necessarily the best guide for everyone.


If you are highly motivated to change your physique and follow a structured plan, "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" includes many useful tips. In this complete guide, you'll find specific advice about what to eat, how to exercise, and ways to stay motivated. The book is well-organized and easy to read. It provides a clear path for achieving certain fitness goals.

Venuto explains how he learned from the secrets of bodybuilders to reach his personal goal of a leaner and more muscular physique. His physical transformation went hand-in-hand with his career in the fitness industry as a steroid-free bodybuilder. He holds a degree in Exercise Science and is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

While much of Venuto's advice is evidence-based, his method may not be right for everyone. "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" isn't a resource for beginner workouts or trendy weight loss plans. Instead, his book provides a cohesive outline of the core principles that helped him reduce his body fat percentage while building muscle.

It's important to note, however, that if your goal is simply to live a healthier lifestyle, building muscle and losing body fat may not necessarily be your main priorities. Health benefits can be found in simply choosing more nutritious foods and increasing your physical activity level—even when this doesn't result in the same type of "body transformation" advertised in this book. But for those who want to take fitness a step further and follow in the footsteps of a professional bodybuilder, this is a sound guide for doing so in a healthy way.


So, what’s inside the book? Here is just a sample of what you'll learn in "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle":

  • The importance of goal setting. If you don't set goals properly, you’ll struggle needlessly to reach them. Specific goal setting is the foundation of any successful weight-loss program. Venuto makes it easy to set and define clear and attainable goals.
  • How to manage nutrition and training. Venuto explains that if you really want to change your body, diet and exercise must work together. With this book, you can learn how to change your eating habits for weight loss. Tom also provides education on proper fitness training for bodybuilding.
  • How to be flexible with your eating plan. Having flexibility in a structured eating program may not seem possible, but Venuto shares how flexibility can actually help you reach your fitness and weight loss goals faster. In the book, he explains why "cheat days" are important and how to incorporate them into your schedule.
  • The difference between activity and exercise. Venuto addresses one of the most common workout mistakes that people make. He explains why non-exercise activity matters and how it differs from essential fitness training.
  • Pros and cons of supplements. Plenty of diet gurus and gym buffs are happy to sell you supplements. But, should you use them? Venuto gives a balanced and insightful perspective on the pros and cons of supplement use.
  • The reasons why we sabotage our health goals. Sometimes, we're our own worst enemy. Venuto explains how your brain may be working against you. He offers insight on retraining your thought process to overcome common weight loss barriers.
  • How to customize your macronutrient balance. Venuto endorses eating enough protein to maximize your weight loss potential. He also acknowledges that each person’s needs vary. The book offers general recommendations for balancing protein, carbs, and fats so you can find the right ratios to fuel your goals.

"Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" is not a short-term fix. If you buy the book, expect to spend time learning Venuto’s philosophies and mastering the principles that make this plan effective. As a result, you can also expect to reap the rewards of your hard work. It’s a great program that goes beyond a general healthy lifestyle guidebook.

A Word From Verywell

Bodies come in different sizes and shapes. There's no reason to feel like you need to change your body to fit the standards of a perceived "ideal." Instead, aim to find ways to weave healthy habits into your lifestyle to help you grow into the best version of yourself.

But if bodybuilding is a passion that you would like to pursue, "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" is a fine place to begin your research. Before starting any new eating or exercise program, talk to your doctor and keep your physical and emotional health and well-being in sight. As you pursue a new fitness journey, check in with yourself regularly to make sure that your lifestyle choices are working for you.

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