Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle: Good Advice

By Jim F
Tom Venuto

Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is a 340 page ebook written by natural bodybuilder Tom Venuto.

I got hold of the ebook some time ago, and have read it a number of times. During my fat loss phase I probably referred to the book once a week.

Apparently it’s been one of the top-selling weight loss ebooks for over a year now, so I thought I’d give my spin on it.

So what’s so good about it?

There are loads of weight loss ebooks out there. After a brief search, I found no less than 88 diet ebooks! Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to read a few of these.

The reality is – most of these ebooks are crap. Forgive the crudeness but it’s true. Many of them are cheaply produced generic diet plans that you might try for a few weeks, and then throw out.

I got hold of Burn the Fat, Feed The Muscle (BFFM) after the author sent a copy for me to have a look at. The sheer size of it put me off at first – after all most diet books are formatted in a nice simple quick-to-read style – so as to make them more attractive.

After delving into BFFM I discovered this was quite unlike any other diet book. There are no promises of outstanding breakthroughs or secret methods – just simple facts about fat loss. However the book is anything but simple – there’s a lot of science and a lot of reality.

What’s in the book?

Everything is covered – nutrition, weight / strength training, cardio, goal-setting, dedication – in fact everything that’s needed to reach a fat loss goal. My first few reads were skim reads, but I have found in my journey that I began to read all the details eventually.

What’s NOT so good about BFFM?

Like any successful person, the author Tom Venuto has his critics. One person has called him egotistical. However in my emails with Tom, I’ve found him to be quite helpful and very genuine. But let’s face it – to be a bodybuilder you have to have a certain amount of vanity!

The other thing is, BFFM is NOT a quick-fix – nor is it easy. Sounds like typical fat loss really, and BFFM makes no false promises. The program requires motivation. Also I find the concept of getting obsessive over calories, grams, portion size to be tiresome – but it is something you will need to do to get a handle on the amounts of food that work for you.

Some people also accuse Tom of being too zealous in promoting lots and lots of exercise. There certainly is a huge element of cardio training in his advice – BUT – he also talks a lot about finding what is right for you.

What’s the nutritional advice about?

BFFM will completely educate you on the core nutrients – carbohydrates, protein, and fats. The appendix provides a number of sample meal plans – but the book is all about teaching you how to eat right, and make your own meal plans.

I get frustrated by all the books out there that make absolute claims about weight loss methods. There is no perfect answer as we are all very different, and have to find out what works for us.

In terms of nutrient ratios – I would call BFFM a moderate carb, moderate protein, low-ish fat diet. But there is no strict formula in the book. It’s all about finding what works.

Where Do You Get It?

BFFM went from eBook to hardcopy, and is now available only from booksellers.

Click here to purchase this book for a discounted price (Amazon).

The Last Word

Personally I think BFFM is a must-read for anyone who wants to lose fat. Will it be the complete and perfect answer? Of course not! But it will give you all the tools and understanding to seriously transform yourself.

In fact, reading BFFM gave me a huge burst of motivation, as for once it actually seemed do-able.

Is this a shameless plug?
I guess it’s a plug – but it’s not shameless. Many many weight loss programs have been read, reviewed, and even tried. Burn the Fat stands out as one of the best — and will be for many years to come.


  1. hayden

    I was reading this this morning and when I came to 14) Don’t Be Fooled By “Low-Fat” Foods, I realized that that is exactly what I tend to do! I can’t believe that I have been consuming so many extra calories just because of that one principle. Thanks you so much for this, I know it is going to help me tremendously.
    Take care

  2. cate

    I will promote this book for the rest of my life. Tom’s method is simple. Yes, you do need to eat every few hours and add a lot of activity to your routine but it comes down to this: IT WORKS. If you are looking for a quick fix then this book is not for you. This book teaches you how to lose and maintain weight forever. It’s not a diet; it’s a lifestyle. Not for lazy people though… give this guy a chance because he definitely knows what he’s talking about!

  3. mudassar

    Is this book really effective? I want some brief description of this book.

  4. Froilan Untalasco

    Been doing BFFM program for 3 – 4 months now and the results say it all…
    Before Stats : 180 lbs / 20% Body Fat / 144 lbs Lean Body Mass (muscle)
    After Stats: 168.4 lbs / 9.8% Body Fat / 151.8 lbs Lean Body Mass (muscle)

    3 – 4 MONTHS RESULT!!!! Wasn’t starving throughout the Dieting cycles either. Found I ate more than when I wasn’t on this program. Look at the stats and try the program.

  5. T. Kallmyer

    Please don’t use this forum to ask people to mail you a copy of the Book that is a violation of copyright and diet-blog doesn’t support that kind of behavior. Comments asking for the book will be deleted. Just Buy the program, it’s pretty cheap for what all you get.


  6. Jeff

    3 weeks for me on this program. First off.. it’s a lot of work! But.. it’s worth it.
    I started at 202lbs and 22% bodyfat. I’m down to 202 lbs and 20% bodyfat! That’s 3 weeks!

    As the program instructs.. Losing 2% p/ month is optimal and what you really want to shoot for, so that you don’t lose lean muscle. Obviously, I didn’t.. my weight stayed exactly the same!

    Keep in mind that I’m calorie counting like never before and getting 45grams of protein every meal. That’s a hell of a lot of protein and gets expensive! I have also got up all 3 weeks (6 days a week) at 5:45 to do 35 minutes of cardio (I actually did 25 the first two weeks and then switched to 35 on week 3).

    At this point.. I couldn’t be any more excited. It was like week 3.. boom.. everything started happening. Pants were bigger and I could definitely tell a difference by looking! After week 2, I wasn’t sure. I think it just took a bit for my system to adapt, but I seem to be burning fat very well now! My goal is to get down under 10% body fat. As the book says, look at 90 days for a 6% bodyfat reduction and you’ll realize how effective this can be. I find that incredible.. thinking that by mid-summer, I can be down as low as 12% bodyfat!
    Sometimes, I swear that getting up is the hardest thing in the world, and I’ve layed there a couple times thinking, “Can I really do this?”.. but once I get my butt out of bed and start my cardio, I’m immediately reminded.. I’m almost a month into this and I’ve been perfect in every workout and meal. If I can do it one month, I can do it for another 3 or 4! And then.. let’s face it.. if I get down around 12%, I don’t think I’ll need much more motivation. Getting up early is already getting easier. After getting there, maintaining should be much easier.. won’t have to workout nearly as hard, so do what I did and at least dedicate yourself 100% to 90 days that you will not fail in diet and exercise. I am convinced this works and well! Forget the diets that tell you how to lose weight! Lose the fat!

    So yes.. I recommend BFFM highly! Feel free to click my name and ask me questions via my site. As you’ll see.. I’m just an ordinary joe.. no ties to BFFM or anything. I’m just excited to see a program working so well! Feel free to contact me and ask me anything you want you to know!

  7. Slimming Pills

    This e-book sounds to be promising. I think that losing some extra pounds with exercises from such a book is really easy to be done and funny as well.

  8. brwneyedgrl

    Have you read BFFM and Lean Bodies? I read lean Bodies years ago and I still have it so if you really think they are basically the same, I will hold off on this one for now.

  9. Barb

    I am a competitive natural female bodybuilder. If you want to get into the best shape possible, you HAVE to eat frequently. Once you get used to it, it’s not hard at all to fit into your daily routine, whatever that may be. It all depends on how bad you want it.