Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle Review + Free Copies

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Tom Venuto has reached a legendary status in the industry and for a reason.

10 years ago, after 14 years of research and testing, Tom Venuto released the original ebook edition of Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle. Since then, Tom has been perfecting and adding to the material and research that goes into BFFM. More

On William Banting’s Diet, Taubes, And Anecdotal Weight Loss

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Gary Taubes bestselling book, “Good Calories, Bad Calories” starts off with the story of William Banting. Banting’s tale is highlighted in his late 1800′s release titled “Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public. ” It started as a pamphlet and turned in a best-selling book with multiple editions. In the low carb community, Banting has been proclaimed as one of the first low carb gurus. He is cited often in works ranging from Taubes to Atkins.

Taubes writes,

WILLIAM BANTING WAS A FAT MAN. In 1862, at age sixty-six, the five-foot-five Banting, or “Mr. Banting of corpulence notoriety,” as the British Medical Journal would later call him, weighed in at over two hundred pounds…Banting was recently retired from his job as an upscale London undertaker; he had no family history of obesity, nor did he consider himself either lazy, inactive, or given to excessive indulgence at the table. Nonetheless, corpulence had crept up on him in his thirties, as with many of us today, despite his best efforts. He took up daily rowing and gained muscular vigor, a prodigious appetite, and yet more weight. He cut back on calories, which failed to induce weight loss but did leave him exhausted and beset by boils. He tried walking, riding horseback, and manual labor. His weight increased.” – From “Good Calories, Bad Calories

It would seem that Banting had “tried it all.” I want you to pay particular attention to the statement, “He cut back on calories, which failed to induce weight loss” for future reference points. Without fail Banting failed at dieting. He gave every bit he had to give, but the bulge wouldn’t budge. A frustrated Banting met up with a man named William Harvey, an aural surgeon. More

The Deficit – How We Lose Fat

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One positive thing that has come out of topics like “metabolic damage” and “starvation mode” is people are learning (even though often misguided) that eating for your energy needs is necessary for optimal metabolic rate.

On the flip side, people are now under the impression that going into a deficit is a bad idea. Boy how fast does that pendulum swing, eh? I am frequently asked questions like…

“I should keep my deficit really small so I don’t crash my metabolism, right?”

“I was told by (enter guru) that I should never be in a deficit to lose fat.”

“I heard deficits make you store fat, not lose it!”

The deficit is becoming the big bad (Whedon reference) especially in those who have had any experience with disordered eating. People in those situations are often times told that “diets are bad” and “deficits are triggers or gateways.” While there can be severe cases where diet monitoring should be under the aid of a professional, it doesn’t exclude the fact that a deficit is our only means to fat loss.

If you learn how to control the deficit and what it means, maybe then you take back the power and shed its mystery.

How Energy Works

I’ve talked at length about energy expenditure and how it works. I will recap here by keeping this aspect more simple.

Every day you need you expend a certain amount of energy through these means.

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) – Amount of energy for essential body functions

Thermic Effect Of Food (TEF) – Amount of energy to digest food

Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) – Mostly subconscious activity expenditure (fidgeting, pacing)

Non-Exercise Physical Activity (NEPA) – Mostly conscious activity expenditure (walking, shopping, low grade)

Thermic Effect of Activity (TEA) – Formal or structured exercise

Every day you land in one of the following categories: More

“Starvation Mode?” – How Dieting Down Affects Us & How To Reverse It

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The following material is featured in Starve Mode and Fat Loss Troubleshoot. Disclaimer: Before taking part in any diet program, consult with your doctor or state board-licensed nutritionist. This information should in no way replace the information provided to you by your doctor or treating therapist.

Check out the video below for bonus information.

It’s astounding how long something can go on due to misconception. My hope is that this will answer some questions regarding what happens when we diet down. The end result will hopefully mean one less person who is left confused by very common myths regarding this topic.

These statements might seem familiar:

“No matter how much I exercise, I can’t lose weight! Is this starvation mode?”

“No matter how little I eat, I can’t lose weight!!! Am I in starvation mode?”

“If I eat this low of calories, will I go into starvation mode?”

“Starvation mode means your body stops burning fat and starts storing fat.”

My favorite is the last; as if the body is going to transition from being a pitcher to a catcher. It doesn’t work that way, but late night infomercials have been spewing these lies for decades. And who gets the raw end of the deal? You do.

You Can’t Avoid The Repercussions Of Dieting Down

How fast, where, and to what degree is where the details live. Most people think the body flips a switch and no longer allows fat loss. These people’s explanation for what they can’t explain is that the process just stops working. They say, “The body stores fat instead of burning it!” This is a dangerous line of thinking that has been at the forefront of why we have all of the faulty fads, solutions, and diets we do. This is the ultimate aha! moment of fat loss. Pay attention; this is the most powerful thing you might ever read about fat loss. More

What Defines Unhealthy Weight? What Is Too Fat?

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I recently put up this article and had a great conversation about the issue of weight basis, sizeism and more on the Fitcast – Pulse. I encourage you to download and check out the new episodes. I will admit, I am hitting my talk limit on this issue,  but was asked an important question for me to close on publicly.

What Defines An Unhealthy Weight? What Is Too Fat?

Unhealthy is a bit subjective and relies on an assortment of events taking place. The type of lifestyle you live can throw positive and negative wrenches in the system. For example, if you are taking part in marathon running on a competitive level, it may leave you more prone to problems and injury being over 22% body fat as a female or 17% body fat as a male. The extra weight on impact is important to consider for the long term athletic goals. The more intense your athletics are, the healthier it is for your body, bones, and joints to maintain a lower body fat level. More

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