• Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle

  • Transform Your Body Forever Using the Secrets of the Leanest People in the World
  • By: Tom Venuto
  • Narrated by: Tom Venuto
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,837 ratings)

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A smart, energizing program to help you shed fat, build muscle, and achieve your ideal body in just 30 days!

A huge success as a self-published e-book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is the bible of fat loss that will help anyone to get his or her dream body. Tom Venuto has created a program using the secrets of the world's leanest people, although it's not about getting ripped; it is about maximizing your fat loss through nutrient timing and strategic exercise. This totally revised and 25 percent-new book includes a never-before-shared plan that will make it even easier for everyone to achieve amazing results.

©2013 Tom Venuto (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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this book is a game-changer for me.

In early January 2016 I went to see an MD/nutritionist based out of my general physician's office (which has been absorbed into a huge corporate health care entity), for the purpose of getting my act together and losing about 30 lbs. I came away shocked by how lame it was - $200 later all I had to show for it was a couple of non-customized meal plans (starvation-level and calorie deficit) that I could have downloaded from the Internet, no guidance, no context, no firm goals or timeline, and a prescription for an appetite suppressant. Oh, and the doctor did manage to steer me past the part of the office where they conveniently sell diet supplements and powdered drinks. So, nothing but a $$$$ marketing exercise for them and a waste of time for me. I went home and started to do some research and, long story short, picked up BTF FTM on audible and started listening. BAM! Less than five minutes into the audiobook I knew I had made the right selection. Right off, Tom Venuto (who narrates) addresses the four pillars of weight control- mental, nutrition, cardio, strength training, and provides the roadmap to get there. He is direct, brutally honest, detailed, and powerfully motivating. I feel I'm back on track after my discouraging visit to the so-called nutritionist. THANK YOU TOM!

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Great info but missing pdf

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is the second Tom Venuto audible I bought (1st was Body Fat Solution)...Mr V refers to a pdf that accomplanied this audio book but my download page library doesn't have it there. Please audible...hook a brother up! :-)

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The best information out there!

What did you love best about Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle?

This book teaches you exactly what and how to eat in order to improve your body. It exposes the fad diets and nonsense in the fitness industry.

What other book might you compare Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle to and why?

None! Most of the other stuff I read is all garbage.

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I highly recommend this book for anyone trying to lose weight, or get in shape! This book will make you understand all the nonsense and lies in the fitness industry, It all comes down to proper nutrition, and realistic training routines that work for you! The author is honest enough to say that each person is different, and listening to what works for someone else may only lead to frustration. Most books are about theory, however, this book is about results! I have made more improvements shortly after reading this book than in my last five years.of training. I listened to trainers and websites claiming to give good advice, but the sad reality is that most people out there preaching don't know what they are talking about. Just because someone looks good doesn't mean they can help you. They may have lost weight, and will only gain it back after they can not keep up their deprived diet. They might be on steroids. They might have good genes. They may have $$$ profits as their priority. You should listen to someone who can help you become the best version of yourself There is no magic solution, and the author will help you understand that. This book sold so many copies because the author brings to true value to the consumer. He will give you the foundation of nutrition and training to modify your body at will....assuming your have the will power and discipline to do it.

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A must have reference and guide

If you could sum up Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle in three words, what would they be?

Realistic, evidence based

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This book is thorough, based on good science and solid experience. It is not extreme or a fad in any form. It's easy to understand, has thorough explanations and the PDF charts actually worked! I just finished it then I bought the paperback to write in and I'll listen to it again! This is a great book for beginners and for those who want to take their physique up a notch.

What about Tom Venuto’s performance did you like?

He was easy to understand.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me want to create a food plan and hit the gym...which I did!

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Excellent! No BS

The audio version of the book is great. I would recommend still buying the paper back book to be able to go back for quick reference.

I've been training for 8 months and came across this book. Tom does an excellent job at explaining and providing solid road map for losing body fat naturally. I love chapters 16-19. Also chapter 6 is a must read as well. Excellent book if you are serious about getting into shape.

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Get This Book Now - You Will Not Regret!

I highly recommend this book - it is a well-written (and spoken) definitive manual on fitness. I already own the physical book, and was pretty stoked to learn that this audio book was available and narrated by the author himself - Tom Venuto. His writing style and oratory skills really help the listener understand the fundamentals of fitness, beginning with 1) Goal-setting 2) Nutrition 3) Cardio and 4) Strength Training.

I often listen to this book whenever I'm lifting weights, running, or cycling. It helps to reinforce my understanding of the methods I've chosen to burn fat and build muscle. I also thoroughly enjoying learning about Calories, and the macro nutrients: Proteins, Carbs, and Fats. Tom presents the information in such a manner that it sticks with you. You'll want to listen to this audio book again and again.

Kudos to the author!

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Really good advice generally - especially for noobs

Some misinformation given on nutrition with too much importance given to meet/dairy/eggs instead of equally nutritious cruelty free alternatives.

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Obvious information. I stopped after a few chapters

Obvious information. I stopped after a few chapters. Nothing I did not really knew before. I was hoping to find up to date information (mix of science and experience).

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He just makes sense where other dont

Would you listen to Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle again? Why?

Absolutely! The book is well written. The best authors make difficult subjects tangible for the layman. He has done that in this book and I personally am approaching my fitness differently because of it.

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I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to start to improve their fitness, whether you are 300kg or an athlete. The content is perfect to improve your current situation regardless of your level. I love the fact this is not an overnight solution, but rather a lifestyle change that the author somehow makes you the reader, want to adopt.

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Finally, the details!!!

So many books like this with no actionable details. This book was different. it was full of detail and clear explanations and usable effective guidelines. I am going to read it again and take even more notes.

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  • Craig Robinson
  • 01-01-15

What it says on the cover

Would you listen to Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle again? Why?

This is a regular listen, so much info, well presented and applicable.

What did you like best about this story?

The Author's own story told by him. Though it's a technical book rather than a story he is engaging and measured.

Which character – as performed by Tom Venuto – was your favourite?

Not applicable as this is a technical book but Tom is a good reader.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How to stop being fat.

Any additional comments?

Bin the diets and fads this is real world information we all know works - eat less and exercise more - to get fit. The difference is Tom goes into the why's and how's, what works and what doesn't and how to make it work for us mere mortals who have a life outside the gym.

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  • Benny
  • 10-07-14

Quite Simply, Phenomenal

As someone who is relatively new to keeping fit and getting healthy, I'm soaking up every piece of advice I can get my hands on. Trouble is, so much of it is conflicting. What I needed was a level headed explanation of the health and fitness minefield backed up with facts, minus the typically biased opinion of the author.

I think this is it. And it's very comprehensive.

I listened to this book quicker than any other audiobook I have owned. Which is praise in itself. However, this book encouraged me to change my weekly workout routine due to its simple explanation of why I should and what I can expect if I do.

The change in my approach worked even better than I hoped/thought it would. However, on reflection, the most profound change was mentality. Somehow, the book has armed me with facts, details, knowledge and confidence that has ignited something inside me. All the different facets of health, fitness and nutrition have seeped into my subconscious so that I have far more positive, far more intense workouts - cardio and gym have both benefited massively.

Subsequently, I have purchased the book, too. :)

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  • Christian
  • 03-25-14

What a Genius this man is!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle the most enjoyable?

I am a qualified fitness instructor and currently studying personal training and clinical nutrition. This is the best audio book I have listened to and teaches you the correct methods of helping you get to the best shape in your life. The four principles of mental, cardio, resistance and nutrition training are very well explained in in good depth. I am now a follower of Tom venuto and hope to someday have the level of knowledge he has in order to help others get the best from a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator Is great. Tom's first book used a different narrator which was a shame as tom's voice is much kinder to the ears and in a pleasant manner. Well done!!

What about Tom Venuto’s performance did you like?

Great performance.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Tom tells his story of how he archieved his goals from being a fattish guy to a many time winner of bodybuilding competitions. Great storyline.

Any additional comments?

Very much recommended.

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  • SloPoke
  • 02-05-15

Great tips and ideas

Some interesting, tips ideas and life style changes I'll put in to progress immediately. Recommended listen

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  • jrush
  • 06-02-14

The Bible of fat loss!!

What did you like most about Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle?

The truthful and direct approach to the subject of fitness and fat loss

What other book might you compare Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle to, and why?

There is no other book like this that I have found, and i have read alot.

What about Tom Venuto’s performance did you like?

The whole book is read with consistent vocal volume and enthusiasm but not too much, by this I mean there is no hype, and the advice given is sound and non preachy.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes, This audio book re-lit my fire to burn fat, I have tried and tried in the past and failed, I listened to the wrong people and read the wrong magazines and fell for the supplement hype. After applying the ideas and advice in this book I have already made significant changes in my body composition.

Any additional comments?

I had this book in PDF years ago and didn't read it, instead I read 'the magazines' promoting all sorts. I thoroughly regret not reading it. If you're reading this and have been struggling with fat loss then don't think just buy this, you won't regret it.

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  • TopRock
  • 09-29-21

Great book

Tom's book has a lot of really useful information and his personal story is really inspiring. Highly recommended.

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  • Adrian Joseph
  • 01-21-17

Comprehensive and motivating

Although the audio version seems to be read from an Americanised older version of this book. I was still able to follow it and will re-read the sections around diet and weight training as well as goal setting. It's certainly very comprehensive and I would urge everyone to also buy the book which has the meal and training plans as well as tracking tools.

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  • Lee Calladine
  • 04-07-16

Life changing for those with the mental capacity to change

The level of detail in this book is just at the right level for the average fitness enthusiast. I'm a personal trainer and I easily followed this but my partner needed areas explained.
Mainly focused on performance athletes or those wishing to be but all the same a good level of detail over mental, nutritional and physical aspects of the healthy lifestyle.

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  • gaurav babbar
  • 07-25-15

Really good book

Best book about fitness and nutrition that I have read in years. It's like a bible for me which I can refer to.

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  • Phil
  • 10-30-14

fantastic book and not just for body builders

Would you consider the audio edition of Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle to be better than the print version?

I have both and bought the written book to use as a reference to back up the audio.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle?

The whole story, the deep detail and indepth knowledge of the author. This book is a manual for life and healthy living and is packed full of valuable information for any level of person looking to improve health and fitness

Have you listened to any of Tom Venuto’s other performances? How does this one compare?

nope, but he's very good in this one

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nope but it has helped me loose 9 lb so far and left me with a very deep understanding of how to remain healthy. I'm a cyclist but the material in this book has still been extremely useful to me

Any additional comments?

Great book, written or audio. Highly recommend.

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  • kirk
  • 03-30-15

Very Poor

No accompanying PDF as stated you should get.
Amazon and Audible not able to resolve either very poor

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  • Anupom Roy
  • 11-29-18

Useless without the book in front

A lot of practical actions need to be taken while listening. This audio is useless without the physical book or at least a pdf. Even the calories etc need to be seen in front while listening for it to be effective. Sorry Audible. Poor job.

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  • Ben
  • 02-05-15

Life changer

If you're serious about getting in shape, then this is a perfect guide! This covers everything from beginning to end in helping you lose weight and gain muscle.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-22

Very good book for all levels

lots of info from beginners level to advanced level.
a must read I would say

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-14-21

Excellent book, learnt so much

Loved this book as it debunked a lot of misinformation fed to us by the weight loss industry. Going to try it as it makes sense. Really recommend to anyone struggling with weight loss with no results.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-21

incredible blueprint to sculpt your body

I've been reading a lot of fitness book and this book by far the best!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-21

JUST WOW

Holy hell he has completely change the way I think about losing weight and eating healthy, he clears up a lot of misconceptions that have been placed on food and exercise. It's actually kinda mind-blowing. I can't recommend it more. Completely changed my whole mindset.

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  • Citizen2674
  • 05-08-17

Factual, motivating, inspiring. Read well. 5 Stars

A wealth of important information is within this audiobook. What the reader / listener does with it, is even more important. To absorb all the information in this book, it may be necessary to relisten to or refer back to sections of it in the future, as needed.
I found this book factual, yet motivating and inspiring. Read very well by the Author, it is one of my all time best audible purchases. I love it.

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  • Gintare Pliuskute
  • 04-11-16

Great Content, but Poor Narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend hard copy, but not Audio book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Venuto? Why or why not?

Not Audiobook. The recording of the book is very weak, too many glitches, very very annoying. The voice and intonation very monotonic, it makes hard to listen for a long time. Actually, it was putting me to sleep all the time. I was struggling at the end to listen to it because of the voice. Charming voice, but I was missing real emotions, intonation, stressing the points and real story telling.