Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle-A Detailed Review

March 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Weight Loss

People cannot help but be skeptical about buying a book on weight loss and muscle building when it is authored by a body-building champion like Tom Venuto. In fact, the first images that would come to mind will be hulking great muscles that are probably not everyone’s goal of an ideal body. However, scanning through the first few pages will soon disprove this because the book Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is actually a comprehensive resource of information on losing fat, gaining muscle, and ultimately attaining a healthy body.

Readers might be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the book and the fact that it is filled to the brim with pages after pages of information. At a hefty 340 pages, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle has very few illustrations but is nevertheless very descriptive. The overriding concept behind the book is “learning to be your best” which essentially puts the reader at the helm of his own fitness plan. It teaches the reader to set personal goals and provides various tools to guide him along. The book presents the relationship between eating right and keeping fit and analyzes the mechanisms of metabolism and the interdependence of fat burning and muscle gain.

Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle devotes a lot of discussion on proper nutrition and painstakingly differentiates the various food groups and their roles in keeping the body fit. Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle provides a guide on calculating the right amount of nutrient based on body type and goal. In fact, what is most interesting about this book is that it recognizes the fact that different body types require different approaches in terms of exercise and nutrition. Readers are guided into determining their body type to get them started on specific plans appropriate for them. The book further expands the discussion on nutrition with bonus recipes and guidelines about “how to grade your food choices”, “foods that burn fat” and “foods that turn to fat”.

Of course, a body-building enthusiast like Tom will definitely include workout routines intended for weight-training. Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle emphasizes the importance of combining cardio and weight training in burning fat. It also features new information about strategies to get the most out of workout sessions. Readers are guided into calculating their Basal Metabolic Rate which is actually the base amount of calories burned each day. There is also a section devoted to answering the most common exercise questions which readers will find very informative.

Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle delves into a discussion of supplements and their role in weight loss and muscle gain. The author is clearly averse to using drugs and supplements and dispels a lot of myths about “health food” fads and diet pills. The book also provides new, surprising information about diet and nutrition advertising that readers will find very useful. For example, it shows how many food manufacturers label products to get away with practically lying to consumers about the contents of their product. It also exposes what many people do not know about powdered and liquid meal replacement formulas.

Perhaps the most unique thing about Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is its concept of “learning to be your best”. It encourages the reader to be more involved in, and to steer his own health and fitness plan. Rather than plainly cramming workout routines and diets, the book chooses to empower the reader with the right information so that, on his own, he can plan out the most effective way to attaining his ideal body. The hype about Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is well-grounded on information that is helpful and useful for as long as the reader is truly committed to helping himself to get fit and stay fit.