Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle 2.0 Review

If you’ve ever wondered “How do I lose weight?” or “How do I gain muscle?”, or “How do I transform my body?”, you will want to read the review below of the definitive nutrition and fat loss book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle 2.0. If you apply the principles in the book, it will change your life.

The book Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle 2.0 in my opinion is the most complete book on nutrition and physique enhancement. It may scare a few people off due to it being more expensive than a traditional book, but let’s take a deeper look and determine if this it is truly all that it is made out to be.  I won’t be exploring each chapter or topic, but I’ll go through the highlights and give my thoughts and impressions of the bestselling book. Let’s first look at the man behind the book, Tom Venuto.



Tom has been a competitive bodybuilder since 1989, and competed in 28 competitions.  He has dedicated his life to fitness and living a healthy life while educating others about ways get Who is Tom Venutohealthier, and lose fat, and build muscle. His resume includes: personal trainer, nutrition consultant, motivational coach, fitness model, health club manager and best-selling author.

Due to Tom’s fame, success, and notoriety, he has been offered by numerous people to promote supplements, fad diets, workout equipment, etc. but he has not done so, believing that many of the products on the market today don’t teach people true principles, educating them on how to get healthier and look better, but instead, teaching shortcuts and short-term fixes that will not stand the test of time.

Having known Toms works for years now, and communicating with him many times, I can attest that he is a stand-up guy, and whatever he puts out can be trusted.  So, go ahead and read the below review with confidence, knowing the author of the book does indeed know his stuff and is teaching principles that are time tested, and that he personally uses himself and with his clients to get fantastic results.


Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle was originally released in 2002. The new, updated version was released this year, 2012. It is 347 pages and includes the following:

  • Importance of Goal Setting, and help setting appropriate goals
  • Reasons why most diets fail
  • Instructions on analyzing your body composition
  • Measuring and charting your progress
  • Explanation of different body types
  • Detailed explanation on calories and calorie balance
  • Nutrient Timing discussion
  • How to choose the proper macronutrients
  • In Depth explanation of fats, carbohydrates, and protein and the role they play in fat loss
  • Carbohydrate myths exposed
  • How bodybuilders get so lean
  • How much water is necessary
  • Step by step eating plan with a sample menu
  • Cardio recommendations
  • Weight training secrets
  • Weight training sample program
  • Truth about supplements
  • & MORE

It truly is the most detailed, thorough ‘diet’ or nutrition book you will ever read. The premise of this program is that it is a ‘nutrition program’, not a diet. Diet meaning that it is a short term fix. It is a nutrition program that will truly benefit you the rest of your life. It is the book that got me started in the industry, and I still refer back to it to this day to reference for articles that I write, & for programs that I put together for my clients.

I will go ahead and break down a few of the topics discussed in the book.

Whether you are asking yourself: How can I lose the last 10 lbs? Or What is the best way to lose weight?  Or How can I transform my body? No matter what your goal; if you are trying to lose fat and build muscle, to transform your body, to lose 100 lbs or if you are just ‘skinny fat’, meaning your weight is ‘normal’ or within range, but you have a high body fat, or if you are getting into bodybuilding and want to prepare for a bodybuilding contest. This book will help you achieve your goals.


When beginning a nutrition program, it is extremely important that you see the big picture. That you begin the journey with the end in mind; that you keep yourself continually reminded of that goal that you have in mind.

Nobody starts a new program without any goals or any hopes of what they will accomplish. They start with a goal in mind because they want to change. They want to improve their lifestyle for the better. That being said, Tom goes over proven ways to set goals, and the importance of visualizing them.

This chapter is very beneficial whether you are an experienced goal setter or have never set them in your life. It is paramount that you have goals to aim for and achieve. Tom understands this and is a pro at teaching it. When reading this book, be sure to not skip this chapter, it is extremely valuable.


The basis of Burn the Fat Feed What are bodybuilding foodsthe Muscle is that is a lifestyle as opposed to a diet. The problem that most ‘diets’ fail is that they are seen as a short term solution as opposed to a permanent change in ones eating habits. The perspective that you absolutely must have to succeed is that this program is a way of eating for life. It is totally doable for the average person to eat this way for the rest of their life. Why? Because it is based on sound nutrition advice that is well rounded and healthy. There is none of the typical: low fat, high carb, or low carb, high fat garbage. It is a well round nutrition plan.

Tom starts from the very beginning and explains what a calorie is, how to calculate calories, and how to break down your macro nutrients (fat’s, carbohydrates, and proteins). It is important not only for body composition, but also for general health purposes to be sure you are getting adequate protein, fats, and carbs.

The nutrition plan isn’t a one size fits all. Tom explains about different body types and makes recommendations based on his years of experience of what type of macronutrients and caloric needs would be best.

One of the best parts of this program, especially for beginners, and those that don’t have much experience is that Tom gives sample meal plans for different caloric goals, as well as providing a very detailed ‘eat’ and ‘don’t eat’ food list. Very helpful if you aren’t as familiar with how calories work, and haven’t counted calories before.

Not only does this program work for somebody extremely overweight trying to lose fat, but Tom explains how you should tweak the program if you area already lean and looking to get even leaner; as in bodybuilder lean.

All in all, it is an extremely thorough, science backed; nutritional plan that anybody and everybody can put into place following the simple process that Tom has put in place.



While this program is primarily a fat loss system, Tom has expounded on that and has included a very solid workout program. He gives multiple exercises for each body part, as well as a workout program that you can use. Review of Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle

If you are new, you may not have any idea where to start in the gym, so having a solid workout program written by a world renowned bodybuilder is a huge value and benefit!  You can take this program and start doing it immediately. But, if for some reason you can’t do one of the exercises, simply substitute with one of the alternative exercises that Tom provides.

Tom Venuto explains the different types of cardio routines, which include medium state intensity cardio, low intensity, and high intensity.  Each has their own unique benefits and they are explained and recommended based on your needs and physical capabilities.


Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle 2.0 is the definitive fat loss bible. To recap, it goes over:

  • Setting Goals
  • Determining Caloric & Macro Nutrient Needs
  • Tracking progress and making changes as needed
  • Resistance & Cardio Program
  • Helps of how to stay on track
  • How to take it to the next level if desired
  • Supplements
  • Detailed Meal Plans
  • When and how often you should eat
  • MORE

If there was one book and one book only that I had to recommend for anybody getting started in their fat loss journey, it would be without a doubt, Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle. Check it out!