Tom Venuto is a bodybuilder, fitness expert, and author who has gained a loyal following from fans who appreciate his “been there, done that” approach to getting in shape. His latest book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle: Transform Your Body Forever Using the Secrets Of the Leanest People in the World is already climbing up the Amazon charts with five-star reviews. A book with a title that long has got to be chock-full of good information. We spoke with Tom about his latest project and how it differs from his previous bestseller.
Tom hasn’t always been the lean and lithe picture of health he is today. “In college, I had let myself go a little from eating junk and drinking beer, and I put 20 pounds of fat right on my gut,” he admitted. “One day in the gym I saw a small group of bodybuilders who were preparing for competition. They had the most amazing bodies I had ever seen.” When Tom asked about their training and diet regimen, they gave him a barrage of insider info. From that meeting he was inspired not only to change his own appearance, but help others, as well.
In his previous book, The Body Fat Solution, Tom approached weight loss from a mental and psychological perspective. In Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle, he delves into nutrition and training. There are so many chapters devoted to nutrition that Tom has dubbed it the “nutrition bible.” And while some of the information is based in science, he assured me it’s written in a way that you don’t need a biology degree to understand it. “It’s all based on science, but it’s just me talking to you like a regular person, no technical jargon, so it’s actually fun and easy for an average person to read,” he said.
According to Tom, there are four elements to Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle that make it a complete program:
- Nutrition — not “diet,” which means restrictive eating; “nutrition” means healthy eating
- Resistance training — for getting stronger and sculpting your body shape
- Cardio training — for getting healthier and accelerating fat loss
- Mental training — the psychology and motivation strategies to help you stick with your plan
Though the author may be a former bodybuilder, the book is not a how-to guide for ripped abs and defined pecs, unless that’s what you want. “The book is about how regular people can ‘borrow’ some of the most effective nutrition and training techniques from bodybuilders and fitness athletes and use them to reach their own goals,” he explained. “Whether that’s building muscle or just getting more toned, whether that’s losing 100 pounds or the last 10 stubborn pounds.”
The book also includes a fat-burning food plan that can be customized for your body type, a 28-day training plan for sculpting lean muscle, and the motivation strategies it takes to stick with your plan.
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