Book Review: The Body Fat Solution: 5 Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight (Avery/Penguin, 2009; 250 pages) by Tom Venuto
Audio Version: Body Fat Solution audio (MP3) version of book will be on iTunes and audible.
It seems like everyday there’s a new diet book released. It’s not everyday one comes out that will change your life. Or, as The Wall Street Journal said earlier this week, the Body Fat Solution is more “attitude adjustment” than diet book.
Introducing The Body Fat Solution
Tom Venuto is a fat loss expert with an extensive career in nutrition research and a lifetime drug free bodybuilding competitor. Tom Venuto has been involved in almost every aspect of the fitness industry including weight loss, a personal trainer to thousands of clients, nutrition consultation, motivational coach, fitness model, health club manager and bestselling author of the #1 ebook, Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle. He’s been involved in other online works such as MP3 (audio) seminars and recently The Burn the Fat Inner Circle, a weight loss community support site.
But I know Tom as a personal friend. I found his original Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle ebook back in 2003. I realized this was the person I needed as mentor eighteen years ago. Tom achieved his physique using simple but proven fundamentals. I know this to be true as it’s the way I’ve packed on muscle myself and how every successful bodybuilder does it today. It’s no secret. As Tom says early in the introduction, “I developed my physique naturally with nutrient dense food, carefully controlled calorie intake, progressive resistance weight training, the right dose of cardio, mind focused and well formed goals, strong emotional drive and great support thru friends, training partners and mentors.”
Who is the Body Fat Solution Written For?
As Tom says, “It was written for men and women who are overweight. It’s also for people who were previously overweight who want to maintain their ideal weight for the rest of their lives. This book is for the person who doesn’t have all day to spend in the gym or in the kitchen preparing complicated meals.”
Tom sets the stage by explaining the overall problem and what leads to it. You cannot solve a problem without first understanding it and grasping the issues behind it. Once the problem is explained the attitudes and belief system can be attacked. Tom Venuto outlines the 8 Weight Loss Myths early on:
Myth #1: You can eat as much as you want and still lose weight
Myth #2: Overweight people have a slower metabolism than thin people
Myth #3: Some people are diet-resistant and can’t lose weight
Myth #4: Your genetics are why you are overweight
Myth #5: Dietary fat makes you gain body fat
Myth #6: Carbohydrates make you fat
Myth #7: Dietary changes for health and weight loss are one and the same
Myth #8: Insulin or insulin resistance causes obesity
Venuto makes it very clear in one of several statements about the body fat problem when he says “Removing body fat is not simply a matter of going on a diet — it’s a much more complex issue, involving every area of your life.”
This Is More Than Another Thinking Yourself Thin Boo k
Nutrition, calories, metabolism and the focus on weight training as the foundation for any exercise program is extensively covered. Photos are included to show the proper demonstration of the most basic of exercises that could be easily done in a gym or at home. Social support is given more than a paragraph as many people now realize the accountability and strength gained when in a group setting.
Towards the end is an appendix of recommend foods and the calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber breakdowns. These foods are of course things you’d easily find at the grocery store. Recipes aren’t included or meal plans but they can be located on The Body Fat Solution site.
It’s clear to me after reading this, Tom’s goal was to give the reader a tool set for the following:
encourage attitude changes for more than just positive thinking
stop any negative behaviors we have towards food
burn fat and build muscle
eat healthy yet tasty foods. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be an awful culinary experience
become motivated thru social support, journals, accountability, progress charts
strategies for controlling your appetite
breaking a fat loss plateau and what to do if you reach one
You Can Make Excuses Or Get Results, But You Can’t Do Both
The Body Fat Solution is not a diet. It’s a program on how to burn fat and build muscle which will increase your metabolism. It’s the only fix to the obesity epidemic that faces the world. You won’t need any pills, drinks or supplements to do it. It’s not gimmicky, based on a new discovery or requires anything that would be questionable or dangerous.
I can’t guarantee you that this book will fix everything in your life and that you will suddenly be healthy, lean and ripped like a fitness model. But I honestly think there are some phenomenal ideas in this book that will certainly help you out. For most people, it boils down to a change in a handful of daily behaviors and a shift in mindset.
Re-program your mind to develop “auto-pilot” success habits
Offers up a diagnosis of the obesity and weight problem
Encourages the readers to change mindsets vs. just mindless activity
Step by step instructions for modifying your life for this to work
Nothing crazy to do or follow; anybody can do this
Says it’s not for bodybuilders (like me) but it is. There’s tons of value
I recommend The Body Fat Solution as I feel both personally and professionally that it is of major benefit to anybody looking to get leaner. While it’s catered to the people struggling with weight loss, truly anybody who’s looking to get as lean as possible will be able to use these steps.
With that, I’d like to do a little something special. This is your chance to sell your story to me.
THE OFFER: Tell me in 100-300 words why The Body Fat Solution is something you need, I’d like to send you a copy. A real book, not an ebook, that you can hold in your hands. Be sure to include your e-mail address within the comment in the spam safe format. (e.g. marc[at]nobullbodybuilding.com) so that I can communicate with you directly on how to ship 1 copy of The Body Fat Solution to you. This offer expires whenever I’ve chosen 10 comments on this post. The 10 winning comments will be selected by me at my discretion. Winners will be announced on January 9th (gives me time to read) and I will begin contacting those winners individually.
* Please note, I have to order these copies myself and when they arrive, ship them out individually. *
** Your email address in the comments section will only be used by me to contact you personally. You will not be signed up by me for anything. **
*** If you aren’t one of the lucky few or you’d rather get multiple copies, keep reading as there’s still ways to get some massive value including bonus material that Tom Venuto is offering AND a sweepstakes entry that doesn’t require the purchase of anything to enter. ***
A FAVOR: If you have purchased the book and have enjoyed it, would you please do a review of the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble’s website. There are many people out there who would rather write a dishonest review of a book they’ve never read. We both know that you can’t judge a book or a wine bottle by the cover. If you can, write an honest review. Positive or negative but only if you’ve read the book of course.
I do wish you the best for 2009. There’s a lot of interesting things in the works this year and I will try to alert you to the best ones. And if you haven’t joined me on Facebook as a friend on my page or my tweets on Twitter, be sure to do so to get information fast!
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