Burn the Fat

Questions & Answers

By Tom Venuto, Fat Loss Coach and

Author of Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle


i Tom. I just read your web page and I'm really interested in your program, but I have a question. I live in Aberdeen, Scotland and am concerned that the foods you recommend will be very Americanized and products you may suggest will not be available to me. I am very keen to increase my physical fitness and burn some fat, but before I order I need to know if your books are suitable for us Europeans?


Thank you for your email. The foods I recommend in my e-book Burn The Fat, Feed the Muscle are nothing unusual or exotic. They are foods you can get almost anywhere in the world. To tell you the truth, the Burn The Fat eating plan is really just common sense - it's simply eating healthy, natural foods such as...

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Natural whole grains and natural starches (100% whole wheat bread, oats, potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, beans, rye, barley, etc)

  • Lean proteins (chicken, turkey, fish, seafood, eggs, lean read meat

  • Good fats like olive oil, flax oil, flax seed, almonds, walnuts and fish/fish oil
This program is really more like a nutrition "education" than a "diet." These are the same foods that any registered dietician, clinical nutritionist, medical doctor or fitness professional would recommend, anywhere in the world. Burn The Fat is not a gimmicky program where you're told to eliminate entire food groups or eat only certain foods like grapefruit or cabbage or whatever.

Don't be fooled by diet gimmicks. Diets don't work. A wide variety of healthy food choices maintained for life.... That works!

You also mentioned that you were concerned that the "products" I recommend might not be available to you. You'll be happy and refreshed to hear that no supplements are required on the Burn the Fat program and I have absolutely no affiliation with any supplement companies.

A pill is not the answer; real food and exercise is the answer. So don't worry about whether certain supplements are available in your country—you won't need them anyway.

I should mention that some of my customers in areas like the Middle East and India definitely don't have access to the same foods we eat in America. However, what most of them have discovered, is that for every food I recommend as a staple, they can easily find an equivalent substitute that is available in their country, because I don't recommend strict lists of foods that must be eaten. The Burn The Fat program has a lot of flexibility built into it. I give guidelines, not dogma. I don't "prescribe", I teach you how to eat. That's one of the reasons we have customers in 127 countries. If all these people all over the world can do it, then you will have no problem at all in your country. You'll probably be surprised how easy it is to adapt to your tastes and food availability. Not to mention, you'll get great results.

You can get started here: Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle.

Train hard, eat right and expect success all-ways

Tom Venuto, NSCA-CPT, CSCS
Fat Loss Coach
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist


A little over a year ago, a cardiologist warned me that my excess weight and high cholesterol were the causes of my artery disease. A full body scan showed that my spine had deteriorated, confirmed by a DEXA scan. A chiropractor advised me that inactivity was causing my back problems.

Shocked and worried, I was too distressed to concentrate on my studies for the Master of Science degree. I asked my professor for permission to suspend work for three months.

What I did during those three months was this. All day and every day for three months, I studied nutrition and exercise articles in scientific journals, medical books, and academic and government web sites. Based on this study, I developed a nutrition and exercise program that I followed religiously. At the end of four months, the cardiologist was astounded to see that my cholesterol was not just lower, but optimal. From my peak weight, I had lost 31 pounds (14 kg), 18% of body weight. Without taking any drugs, my cholesterol levels fell more than if I had been taking a statin drug. I was starting to see muscles that I had not seen for many years. As my body became more flexible, most of my back pain disappeared. The program worked!

About five months after I started my program, I found Tom Venuto's web site and bought his e-book. Tom's nutrition and exercise program was so similar to my program that I hardly needed to change anything to follow the advice in Burn the Fat.

Tom's e-book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is a detailed manual with 300 pages in the main text plus an appendix with 13 pages of tables. As I read Tom's book, I found some things I had not come across in the scientific literature. Several times, I wondered if what Tom said was valid. However, as I continued my research, again and again I found that my doubts were unfounded: what Tom says is supported by scientific research. In my opinion, this results from a combination of Tom's years of study of the scientific literature and practical experience with hundreds of clients face-to-face in his role as personal trainer.

Recently, a research team reported results of an experiment that debunks low-fat diets. What counts, they say, is the type of fat, not the amount of fat in the diet. Tom had already written similar advice about how much fat and what kinds of fat are needed for health. Although the press reported the new research in a sensational way, no one who follows the Burn the Fat program would have been surprised. None of us had to make any adjustment to our fat intake based on the new research. The predictive ability of a scientific theory is a big factor in confirming the theory, something that convinces me that Burn the Fat is based on good science.

Anyone who studies the latest scientific advances in nutrition and exercise, as I did, would discover the same thing that I discovered: the nutrition and exercise advice in Burn the Fat is solid science. I felt a little foolish—after all the work I did to put together my own program, it was as if I had only "re-invented the wheel". What took me 50 days of hard slog, Tom had already put together in Burn the Fat. Even if I valued my time at only ten cents an hour, Tom's book would have been a bargain for me. For anyone who does not have the time to do research, Tom's book is a godsend.

"Gym lore" is what we call the traditional beliefs circulating in gyms. Often, modern nutrition and exercise science is able to confirm and explain gym lore. Just as often, modern science shows that some gym lore is based on no more than ritual and superstition. Sometimes gym lore concerning nutrition is downright hazardous for health. Possibly this would explain heart disease among body builders, who could avoid risk to their arteries by following Tom's advice instead of gym lore.

When you visit Tom Venuto's website, you will see that he calls himself an "outlaw" bodybuilder. Among bodybuilders, Tom is an "outlaw" because he rejects most gym lore in favor of science. Tom calls himself a "natural" bodybuilder because he does not use steroids or other synthetic substances to enhance performance. His free newsletter is packed with good advice like the Question and Answer at the top of this page. You can subscribe to the newsletter now and buy the book later, by visiting Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle.

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