What You Should Know
Tom Venuto is a former bodybuilder, personal trainer and the author of the popular eBook “Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle”. According to his official website, Tom Venuto has studied the science of fat burning for years and has developed an exercise and diet routine that he guarantees will increase your metabolism and burn fat while preserving and building lean muscle.
According to Tom Venuto, most diets on the market today sabotage real weight loss because they force the dieter to drop his or her caloric intake to the point where the body starts feeding on muscle tissue rather than fat stores. This triggers the body’s metabolism to slow down in anticipation of continued starvation. If caloric intake is increased once again, the slower metabolism will take the same amount of calories as it had before but will store a larger percentage of them rather than burn them immediately. This is a popular explanation of how the highly-developed human metabolic system works. Venuto explains that eating more of the right foods will keep the metabolism working and will even crank it up a notch.
Tom Venuto’s main focus is on bodybuilders and competitive muscle-building. However, he states that his fat-burning program will work for everyone, including those who want to lose weight but do not want to build up visible muscle. Venuto’s eBook, “Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle”, sells directly from the website as a download for $39.95 at the time of this review. The eBook is 341 pages outlining both Venuto’s exercise and diet plans. Venuto outlines the foods that should and should not be eaten together (a throwback to the food combining programs that were all the rage in the 70′s), when and how long to exercise and eat, and four weight training routines.
The Tom Venuto website offers an 8 week money-back guarantee on the eBook, which allows customers to purchase with confidence. However, we would be more impressed in the program if Venuto offered more information for free on the site, such as fat loss tips, video clips, or frequently asked questions. The site mainly consists of a sales pitch and customer testimonials.
- eBook is written by a fitness industry professional.
- Venuto does not sell supplements or other add on products which increases the credibility of the information provided in the book.
- eBook is expensive compared to many other eBooks or hard cover weight loss books
- Little useful information is provided on the website to help customers assess the usefulness of the book’s information
It is difficult to assess the effectiveness of the Tom Venuto program or of the information provided in the eBook, “Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle”. There are very few independent online opinions or even references to Tom Venuto or his program, suggesting that the program may be more hype than truth. Without independent credibility, it is difficult to say whether the money-back guarantee is likely to be honored or what experiences users have had with the program and with customer service. We would have liked to see more independent write up, such as magazine articles, on Venuto in order for us to form a more solid opinion. Although $39.95 is not expensive when compared to diet supplements and other weight loss aids on the market, many of those come with clinical research supporting their effectiveness whereas the Venuto program does not.