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Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle By Tom Venuto
How to lose stubborn body fat - natural bodybuilding champion reveals all the secrets...

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Brink's Bodybuilding Revealed
Independent researcher reviews popular bodybuilding supplements and reveals how to build solid lean muscle...
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The Fat Burn Files By Tom Venuto
10 uncensored interviews with a renegade fitness guru reveal the amazing body-changing secrets...
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Fit Over 40 By Jon Benson and Tom Venuto
How an obese couch potato - ordered to " lose weight or die" - discovered an amazing anti-aging fitness secret...
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Firm And Flatten Your Abs By David Grisaffi (Foreword by Tom Venuto)
Quickly Shrink Your Waistline, Lose Body Fat, Eliminate Low Back Pain And Develop A Stunning Set of Six Pack Abs...
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Tom, What Body Fat Do You Maintain Year Round?

"I know some people gain back some or all of the fat after a transformation contest and I'm not letting that happen to me. That got me thinking about what's realistic to maintain after a contest. I was curious, through all the years you've been bodybuilding, what is your usual OFF SEASON body fat and what do you personally find maintainable year round? Also, has your body fat percentage varied a lot over the years and what about between contest-season and the off-season?..."

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The Truth About Slow and Fast Metabolisms

Most people think that a "slow metabolism" means they have bad genetics and that a "fast metabolism means they have "good genetics." However, the truth is not so simple, nor is it out of your control. In fact, once you understand the real reason you have a slow or fast metabolism, you'll realize you have the power to actually increase your own rate of calorie-burning, to break any fat loss plateau and how to think right about your genetics...

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How to Get Ripped Like a Bodybuilder

Being "ripped" is the coveted condition where your body fat is so low that muscular details never seen on "average people" start standing out in bold relief: Ripped means muscle striations, vascularity, drum-tight skin, "cuts" between muscle groups and of course, the full set of 6-pack abs. Quite simply, a "ripped" person is like a walking anatomy chart. But few people know about the deeper intricacies and significance of being ripped, and almost no one knows HOW to get ripped, and that's exactly what you're about to read...

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Supplement stacking: Does it work?

What would happen if you took two or more supplements together? Would one of them enhance the effectiveness of the other? Would the two together have additive or synergistic effects? What about stacking fat burners with muscle size supplements - would that get you leaner and more muscular? Supplement companies often create "everything but the kitchen sink" product mixes and muscle and fitness enthusiasts often self-experiment with various combinations. Is there anything to it?

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Is The HCG Diet For Weight Loss a Scam?

QUESTION: Dear Tom: I'm having a heck of a time losing the last 10 pounds. I get down a couple, but always gain them back. I have friends that went on this HCG hormone diet, where they are dropping up to 7 lbs in a week. I am thinking of trying it for a couple weeks just to see if I can lose the last stubborn fat. Apparently the hormone comes from pregnant women and causes you to burn up your stores of fat. Have you heard of this crazy diet?

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Can carb cycling help you burn more fat?

QUESTION: Tom, I'm following your Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle (BFFM) program and using the carb cycling method where you "zig zag" between lower carb days and high carb days. How long should it take to see results? I am starting out with the basic guideline of 3 days low 1 day high and the macronutrient ratios suggested in BFFM. I am wondering how long to give it before knowing if I have to tweak the ratios.

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What is the necessary body fat percentage to see your abs?

QUESTION: I can't figure out what body fat % I should be aiming at to achieve that ripped abs look. I'm female, 35years old. I started at 19% body fat and the lowest I've gotten so far was 11.8% body fat with a caliper test. I've been thinking about doing a figure competition, but even at that body fat percentage, which I know is very low, I still had some "patches" of fat. How do I know what body fat percentage I should target so that all the fat is gone?

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What does "natural" really mean?

If you take creatine supplements, does that mean you are no longer natural? After all, you can’t get that much creatine out of your food in it’s natural form. If you used ephedrine products a decade ago when they were over the counter and legal, does that mean you're not a natural? Where do you draw the line? what is natural and what is not? And is it really possible to achieve an outstanding physique - ripped and muscular - without drugs or at least supplements? These are intriguing questions and they are all answered in this latest Ask Tom Column

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Is Bodybuilding a Sport?

Is bodybuilding a sport? Every so often I see an argument on a forum or a comment on a blog where some critic claims that bodybuilding is not a sport. Not only that, more often than not, there is usually some derogatory comment along the lines of, “Oily men in speedos a sport? come on!” In a recent interview on the Fitcast show, I was asked this question and I gave a (mostly) serious answer...

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An Explanation For Slow Female Fat Loss

A reader is perplexed with her very slow fat loss, considering how much training she is doing, and is looking for answers. With 6 days of cardio and 4 days of weight training, how is it possible to not be losing fat at a faster rate? There's an explanation that many women overlook and it's NOT female hormones... it's an issue that men also deal with if they have a relatively low body weight, but still have trouble with stubborn body fat. Read on to learn more...

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losing face fat: a good thing usually, but what if you start looking gaunt?

QUESTION: Tom, I am 7 weeks into your program and having great results. My trainer says I'm the best student he's had. I am very happy with the results! I like to work hard and I share many of the same philosophies as you about the sense of reward and accomplishment when you earn something that you are proud of. I have one slight problem though, and I hope you can help. I have a youthful face for my age. However, now that I'm getting so lean, I noticed my face is getting older looking! Seems that losing the fat out of my face is making me look older. Any advice?

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Tom, Is it possible to not lose body fat because you're eating too little?

We all hear stories of the dieter who claims to be eating 800 calories a day and is not losing fat. Like the mythical unicorn, such an animal does not exist. Every time you take a person like that and put them in a hospital research center or metabolic ward where their food can be counted, measured and almost literally "spoon fed" to them, a calorie deficit always produces weight loss. Always. So where's the disconnect? Why does it *appear* that metabolism has slowed down and stopped your weight loss. The answers will surprise you!

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Is it important to eat low glycemic index (GI) foods to lose weight?

Dear Tom: I was wondering if you could add glycemic index and glycemic load to your Burn The Fat Foods List. I am not diabetic, but from what I understand, GI is important in helping with fat loss. The way I understand the digestive system, the bloodstream can only handle 80 calories at a time without insulin being produced to reduce the level in the blood stream and taking the excess calories to needed areas, at a slow pace, then to fat cells if they can not be used anywhere else. Is there any reason you didn't include this information or mention GI in your ebook?

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What's The REAL Truth About Fat Burners?

Dear Tom, I am not currently using any fat burners. However, in many magazines where I see advertisements for fat burners, they always have a model with a six-pack and the headline is something like, “It takes more than training and nutrition to get a six-pack.” Once a person hits a plateau, do we really need fat burners to achieve that “ripped” or “six-pack” look? I am having a really hard time getting my stomach to look the way I want it, and I really respect your opinion, so I appreciate your thoughts on this.

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Tom's 3% bodyfat routine: is it only for "supermen?"

Hey Tom, I just read your article, "The Great Abs Mistake" and you said that to reach the "ripped" 3.7% body fat level you held for some of your bodybuilding competitions, you did cardio 7 days a week for 30-45 minutes per session, in addition to your 4 weight training workouts per week. I have a question about that. if I did cardio 7 days a week in addition to my weight training, I would be totally wasted by the end of the week. My body doesn’t recover from workouts as quickly as it did when I was younger. Don’t your weight training workouts for your legs suffer from doing all that cardio?

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The color code diet. Is it just the lastest gimmick?

Dear Tom: I’ve seen quite a few diet books lately that are based on the color of the foods you eat, including the rainbow diet and the “color code” diet (sounds like the Da Vinci code, LOL!). Anyway, I’ve been reading your newsletters for a long time and I know how you feel about diet pills, books and gimmicks and I was wondering what you thought about these programs. Is it just another gimmick?

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30 grams of protein per meal limit: Fact or myth?

Dear Tom: "I know what my approximate protein needs are by bodyweight and activity level (about 180 grams), but the question I have always had is: how much protein can I eat/drink at one time? I have heard that only 30 grams can be digested at a time. I eat 5 times a day like you recommend, but supposing I only ate 3 times a day; that would be 60 grams of protein per meal. Would half of the protein be wasted?"

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Toxins Lurking In Fat Cells?

Dear Tom: I have been following your Burn The Fat system with good results. I am losing body fat and maintaining my current lean mass. I've noticed that during my calorie deficit phase I sometimes suffer from light headedness and nausea for no particular reason but not during my maintenance phase. I read an article that said toxins from the "typical American diet" (processed crappy foods) get stored inside our fat cells, and when we create a calorie deficit and burn the excess fat in our bodies, we release those toxins back into the blood stream. Any truth to this?

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Am I ready to compete in bodybuilding or do I need to put on more muscle mass?

I'm 5' 10" tall and 40 years old. I competed in my early 20's, then I got married, had kids, lost the muscle and got fat. I'd given up entirely on the idea of competing again because I'm a hard-gainer ectomorph to begin with, now I'm skinny-fat so I figured it just wasnt meant to be. Then I read your book and thought maybe I could do it again; the only problem is I'm not sure if I have enough muscle mass. At my height and weight, what do you think Tom, am I ready?...

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1,000 sit ups and crunches a day and still no abs

What should I do to get abs?" is still one of the most frequently asked questions out of the 30,000+ emails I receive every month. Although the question is often phrased differently, the answer is always the same: Seeing your abs, or any other muscle group, for that matter - is almost entirely the result of having low body fat levels. You get low body fat from proper diet (as well as cardio and strength training), not from doing hundreds of ab exercises every day...

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The Incredible Shrinking Fat Cell: What Really Happens When Body Fat Is Burned?

Earlier this week someone in our discussion forum wrote, "I haven't "LOST" any fat... I know EXACTLY where it went! I got a chuckle out of that because I "got" the joke, but truth is, most people really don't know how fat cells work, where the fat goes when it's burned or how the fat burning process takes place. It's actually quite a complex biochemical process, but I'll explain it as simply as possible, so by the end of this article, you'll be a "fat burning" expert! Click here to read more


How Do Bodybuilders And Fitness Models Get So Lean?

"Tom, Why do bodybuilders and fitness competitors have to go through a 12 week 'transformation' prior to every event instead of staying 'lean and mean' all the time? If they practice the secrets exposed in your book, they should be staying in shape all the time instead of having to work at losing fat prior to every competitive event, correct?" Click here to read more



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