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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2013
I bought his ebook about 3 years ago and followed it religiously insomuch that I even went off and wrote down my immediate, medium and long term goals down just when it told you to near the beginning of the book! Very whoop whoop American, I know but it really does help. I then kept those in a note on my phone and read them every day or so to just remind me what I was trying to achieve and why.

Tom Venuto is a lovely guy that frequents his own forums and answers questions on his facebook page - very open, honest, no nonsense - DRUG FREE fitness expert.

Onto the concepts of the book. Well, if you're after a magic pill look elsewhere. If you're after a diet that only lets you eat cabbage or {insert ridiculous single food here} only then again, you're not going to get that.

What you're going to get is EDUCATED about how your body works in regards to processing food, losing fat and building muscle. This is offered in an easy to read and easily understood way. You won't need a degree is biology (or even A-level) to understand it.

Once you have the knowledge of how your body works and what it needs to achieve your goals you can apply that to your diet. I can honestly say that I never felt hungry following Tom's principles. I did feel sore however - from the workouts!

What this book WON'T do is help you lose that last little bit of fat if you're already super lean and want to see your abs popping out! For that I recommend his ebook on cyclic carbs but this is getting into detail most people won't need nor want.

I went from 14.5 stone and 25% bf (male 41) to 12 stone and around 12% bodyfat following this book. Basically went from soft, podgy, middle aged gut to looking toned and lean. Took a LOT of hard work in the gym too and a discipline in the kitchen. But the discipline in the kitchen is all about setting yourself life style changes - it's NOT A DIET - it's a change in habits, a change in lifestyle.

If all this sounds like too much hard work then I suggest you eat cabbage soup for 5 weeks, lose a load of weight and then put it back on in 2 weeks when you go back to unheathly ways.

If you are ready to make a change then this book will become your bible - and you too will become a BTFFTM evangelist ;-)

Ps - I have reviewed his ebook by the way here but this is the first time it's in proper paperback and it's a lot cheaper too! There is even more content in the book I believe than was in the ebook.

Anyway - bought this book for a friend who I know wants to make a change too
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2014
I have been working out in the gym for quite some time and I was booking some results before hitting a plateau. I've tried many things, including dieting, extensive cardio sessions, increasing number of visits to the gym, but none of those seems to be a success formula for long-lasting results. Often I felt tired during work-outs and it was hard getting up in the mornings.

When doing some research on the internet, I learned about "burn the fat, feed the muscle". I was quite curious about the book as it promised not to diet your body down, but to build your body up, getting fitter and getting healthier. I ordered myself a copy and finished it within the next couple of days. The book first learns you about the most common pitfalls almost all people fall into. People tend to fail their long-term objectives not because of a lack in will power, but a lack in focus and understanding on how your body works and its relationship with food and excersice routines. It is not an "one-size-for-all" book as it introduce at an early stage the concept of different body types, requiring a different approach.

The book revolves around 4 main elements: nutrition, resistance training, cardio training and mental training. Nutrition will help you to get leaner and healthier whereas resistance training will help you to build up muscle. The cardio will get you fitter and helps you to get leaner even faster. The mental training will help you to stick to your nutrition and excersice trainings.

In his book, Tom Venuto looks at the secrets of the leanest people in the world, i.e. bodybuilders. Don't be affraid by this approach, this book will not make you a bodybuilder if you don't want too. It simply helps you to reach the ideal body composition you were looking for, and this in a healthy and sustainable way. The book gives you many quick start tips which you can easily apply. The positive results of those tips will help you to stay motivated.

I'm really enthousiastic about the book, that've recommended it to many of my fitness buddies. Thanks Tom!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2014
I bought this book because I had been diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I knew, from past experience, that reducing calorie intake produces weight loss but, once the body's metabolism adjusts to it, then weight loss comes to a standstill.

This book takes you beyond the usual, healthy eating type publications and gives a more detailed explanation of how weight training, and sensible diet, can be combined, effectively, for weight loss. I don't have any proper gym equipment; just a pair of dumbbells. Following Tom Venuto's program, and recommendations, I've managed to lose 18 lbs in six weeks.

I'm 71 years of age and have just received the results of my recent blood test. My blood sugar is now normal and my doctor told me that all the other elements, ( liver, kidneys, prostate etc) that they test for, are excellent. I feel 20 years younger and would recommend this book to anyone.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2014
This guy is a genius...it's like a food bible...nothing else compares...I have followed his methods and have dropped to at 10% body fat at the age of 43!!!...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2015
Changed my diet and training! i have soooooo much more understanding of how my body works and have lost nearly two stone while looking good and feeling great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2014
This is the best book I've read for awhile. I have about 100 books on health and fitness (mostly bodybuilding ), but this tops them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2015
I took this as a book to read on holiday where there was supposed to be a gym to use free of charge. NO FREE GYM! So I had a lot more time for reading. This book is absolutely captivating and interactive. This has to be a best buy for anyone interested in bodybuilding. This is really a bible for all levels.
I am the person who has been working out since being at school not to get bigger but to become leaner. At 14.5 stone I am not a PUNY HUMAN! However I have changed my programmes getting different results but not the super trim waist that slim starting bodybuilders get and that I used to have at 18 I am now 46 and feel now that my eyes are open for the first time. It makes sense! I am absolutely chomping at the bit to get going with this now THNK YOU TOM VENUTO FOR THIS JEM!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2014
Great book. This is body building science 101 for newbies to medium knowledged people. It is a very good myth buster and has some serious knowledge if you want to understand the science of body building, fats, carbs, and protein.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2014
Very clear and tells you everything you need to know about weight loss and muscle gain. Almost like a weight loss book for dummies!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2014
It's a must reading for everyone who wants to start training seriously!! Easy to read, engaging, well written, highly recommended!
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