Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle

tom_venuto_10It seems ever since I have been scouring the internet for nutritional advice, Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle, has been there. In fact, when it was released in 2003 it was one of the first diet and nutrition e-books ever published. Now there is such a plethora of e-books, supplements and weight loss programs online that it is easy to get lost in all the information on offer.

A lot of them promise all-to-easy solutions. Just "take the pill" or the take the "all-to-easy" advice and your body fat problems will just melt away. Clever copywriting pulls on your emotional heartstrings and you buy a product that nine times out of ten will not work.


While a multitude of online diet fads have come and gone, Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle has endured. It has been an online best seller every year since 2003 and has sold in over 141 countries and has lost from a few to a few hundred pounds of body fat off its many readers.

Why has it been so successful?

In short, it's a common-sense, honest, effective program that is based in science and it is a nutritional approach that has been followed by many bodybuilders and physique artists for decades. Bodybuilders carry some of the lowest body-fat percentages in the world and it is sensible to follow a nutritional program that is identical to lose significant body fat.

Author, Tom Venuto, is a natural bodybuilder who regularly attains 5% and below body-fat measurements. Just look at the sidebar of this blog to see him at 3.7% for proof. It wasn't always that way for Tom. While never obese, he did have problems with belly fat and never saw his abs until many years of hit and miss dieting.

Bodybuilders held onto their dieting secrets for years because of the competitive nature of the sport. Tom has changed all this by making the scientific process of losing body-fat public for the first time

So what is and what do you get with Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle?

Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle  is published in Adobe PDF format so it is easily downloadable. Its comprehensive coming in at a whopping 300+ pages. If you're not much of a reader then perhaps this might not be for you. However if you're into detail on every facet of nutrition and fat loss then this book is definitely what you're looking for.

The whole thesis of this book is if you want to get lean as quickly as possible, then wouldn't it make perfect sense to find the leanest people in the world and emulate what they do? Of course the most people who buy this product are not bodybuilders or want to be. But Tom reassures the reader by stating in his introduction, “Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle was created BY a bodybuilder, but it’s not just FOR bodybuilders.”

The nutritional techniques inside the book work for everyone as they progress from a beginning to advanced stage. Readers can take the program to whatever level they want from lean to ripped, it is entirely up to them. So in this way it keeps all types of people in mind.

The basis of the program lies in body assessment and caloric control. Once this has been ascertained and implemented, trainees are given chapters on macronutrient definition and manipulation to further boost the metabolism. Additionally, a strong theme of goal setting, mental training and the psychology of motivation permeates the whole book. While it is easy to fortify the mind to undergo arduous training it is harder when controlling calories and food choices, so the mental component is essential.

Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle uses nutrition as the most important part of a system that is made up of a further two components. The other two components are of course weight training and cardiovascular training. So the reader will need some access to basic equipment such as dumbbells and/or barbells at home or have access to a gym. However that said, there is no reason that a solid bodyweight resistance program wouldn't be equally effective.

If you already have a training program, are an experienced trainer or you are trying one of the old school programs mentioned on this site then this section of the book is probably not necessary for you. However for those of you who are in the powerlifting part of the iron game, some of the information on cardio training should prove useful.

The only negative (if you could call it that) point about this book is it's adherence to a five time a day feeding cycle similar to the John Parrillo approach. Don't get me wrong it works but so does the Intermittent Fasting styles promoted by Martin Berkhan, Brad Pilon and Ori Horfmekler. The nutritional information found in Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle could easily be utilized in a one or two time a day feeding cycle as well. But this is less a criticism as it is a shy away from another potential feeding option.

In summary, Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle is no quick fix. You don’t get six pack abs or a body like a fitness model by training a few minutes a day and eating haphazardly or cheating frequently. This program calls for structure and requires effort. In fact, many Burn The Fat customers have said that the main reason they bought the program was because it openly admits that fat loss is hard work. However, it’s worth it because if you follow the program, there’s no question that you will get very, very lean.

Muscle Old School doesn't recommend a product lightly. We have used Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle and it has worked effectively.

4.5 / 5 stars