The Body Fat Solution: Tom Venuto

By Mike Howard

Being hyped as the most important weight loss book of the year isn’t an easy accolade to live up to. You never really know how much of the buzz is based on marketing hype or reputation for past works or both. Well, I’m here to tell you with a great deal of confidence – The Body Fat Solution did not disappoint.Most of the books I read on the subject of weight loss tend to be missing something. Having read through a fair bit of diet books I’ve developed an almost sub-conscious criteria of which I use to determine the value of a book. This is one of the few books that satisfied all the criteria.

Tom Venuto has appeared to have found a rare balance of sorts. The book is;

  • Easy to follow and yet not oversimplified.
  • Steeped in very good science and yet not clinical-sounding.
  • Comprehensive and thorough and yet compelling to read.
  • Motivating but not fluffy.
  • Promotes personal responsibility without casting blame or inducing feelings of shame. Cutting edge but not spurious.

Not to mention it punches holes in prevailing diet book wisdom without ad hominem attacks or arrogance.

The first couple of chapters are worth the price of admission alone. Tom is one of the few experts out there that recognizes the importance of removing the perceived barriers to achieving success. He understands that the best fat burning diet and exercise plan means nothing without a properly prepared mind. Tom has taken a collection of psychological strategies and broken them down into small, easy-to-understand steps. The section on reframing and freedom from emotional eating are particularly powerful.

From the physical standpoint, Venuto once again hits the nail on the head – touching on all of the important dietary and exercise elements necessary for fat loss (yes, you do need to be in a calorie deficit).

My only misgivings are in some of the exercise photos. The model’s body positions aren’t ideal in some exercises – the neck in particular is not in a neutral position.

Bottom line: The Body Fat Solution may just be THE standard when it comes to fat loss books. I think it should be read and kept close by for reference by anybody who is struggling with weight issues.

Read an exclusive interview with Tom Venuto Here.


  1. Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15)

    Tom Venuto and Jillian Michaels are two of the only people I truly pay attention to when it comes to diet and exercise. Tom really knows his stuff–no, his program is not wrapped in motivational fluff, it’s the lowdown on fat loss and muscle growth. If a simple but solid plan isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is.

  2. liz

    This book is absolutely fantastic for how to reprogram your mind. I suggest you read this along with the Fat Belly Diet put out by Prevention Magazine. These two books really set the facts straight and offer information that WORKS! (I’ve been following the suggestions laid out by the fat belly diet book in addition to The body fat solution – and my weight loss is doubling each week!

  3. Mike Howard

    Well said, John! This is very much the premise of the book.

    Still, it seems some specifics are in order as I sense that people are feeling a bit cheated 🙂

  4. Mike Howard

    Thanks everyone for the valuable comments. Tonight, I will run a synopsis on Tom’s dietary theories and and get into some more specifics.

    I really appreciate the feedback.

  5. John Sifferman - Real World Strength Training

    Correct me if I’m wrong Mike, but what I think your review is trying to say is that Venuto’s principles transcend specific diet and fitness protocol. This information can be applied to any diet or fitness program and be successful long-term.

  6. Riayn

    I am interested to know what kind of diet does Tom recommend as well as what exercises he says are ideal for weight loss.
    Unfortunately your review said nothing about what Tom actually recommends and your views on his theories.

  7. Mike Howard

    I appreciate your feedback, reader. If there’s any other insight you are looking for about the book, I’d be happy to answer your questions.

  8. Reader

    The only thing I got out of this ‘review’ is that you liked the book.

  9. Jody - Fit at 51

    I am going to check this out. I know so many people with emotional eating problems so I would really like to see his take on this. I have been there & still am but I have learned over time how to handle my emotional eating probs.