Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle


Seven-time Mr. Natural Bodybuilding champion, certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), and personal trainer, Tom Venuto created the Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle (BFFM) program about six years ago.  Since then, it has become one of the bestselling downloadable health books on the internet.  

The program is not specifically a weight loss tool, so the casual dieter who just wants to lose a few pounds may find the commitment needed to learn the program a bit more than what they want to invest.  However, those looking for a comprehensive program that extensively covers nutrition, exercise, goal setting, and more will not be disappointed.


You can burn the fat and lose weight while gaining lean muscle mass.


In general, the BFFM program could best be described as a moderate carbohydrate, moderate protein, low-fat diet that places heavy emphasis on exercise in order to build muscle.  With that said, it is important to note that there is no strict formula, and participants are encouraged to find what works best for them.

Program Overview

Tom Venuto believes no single food plan works for every person, and that people need to find what will work best for them.  His program supports the belief that there are three distinct body types (mesomorphs, ectomorphs, and endomorphs) and they all burn calories and store fat differently.  This means that to achieve permanent weight loss, you will need to eat the right foods for your specific body type in order to burn fat.  Participants learn how to evaluate their body type, and create a nutritional plan that effectively burns and re-energizes their metabolism.

The 300+ page downloadable book is a comprehensive guide that covers everything from fat loss and nutrition to the types of exercise needed for each body type.  At the core of the program is the belief that you need to build and maintain lean muscle in order to lose weight.  Therefore, feed your body what it wants, the way it wants, and it will reward you with a fired-up metabolism that will help your body melt away the fat.

Plan Strengths

The BFFM is comprehensive in scope.  It is not a diet.  You aren’t encouraged to cut out all fats from your diet, or only eat proteins.  Instead, it teaches participants how to determine their own ideal intake of protein, carbs, and fats.  

The downloadable book covers every aspect of exercise and nutrition participants need.  It offers chapters on weight training and cardio exercise, as well as detailed nutritional meal plans geared to specific body types.  

The program also does not make any false promises regarding massive weight loss or startling results.  It’s a straightforward, easy-to-understand approach that lets you know there is no quick weight loss fix.  Venuto doesn’t push any magic pills, supplements, or “hidden agenda”, which is refreshing.

The unconditional eight-week money-back guarantee is also attractive for those hesitant to spend the money to try a new program.

Plan Weaknesses

The BFFM program is not one that you can start immediately.   It will take time to read, assimilate and implement all the information learned.  

This program is best suited for the highly motivated.  While there are a few forums that offer some support, participants are basically on their own.  If you lack motivation and the ability to “police” yourself, then you may not find much success with this program.

Another drawback for novice exercisers is that there are no illustrations and/or pictures.  Therefore, unless you have a personal trainer or friend who can explain the various exercise positions you do not know, this can prove to be an obstacle.

Finally, the cost may be an issue for some participants.  The instantly downloadable book costs about $40, but on the flip side, it comes with a satisfaction guarantee that may make that initial cash outlay more palpable.


The BFFM is not for the casual dieter looking to lose a few pounds.  It is not a program you can learn quickly, and it does require a high level of self-motivation. However, it is very comprehensive, thorough, and straightforward in its approach.  Participants interested in changing their diet and committing to a consistent cardio and weight training exercise regime will not be disappointed with the results.  Even if for some reason you are, then simply request a full refund within eight weeks.

The information provided here is for educational or informational purposes only.  Dave DePew does not endorse any of the programs/services reviewed here. Before starting a new exercise regime or weight loss plan, talk with your doctor.

Additional Resources

Burn the Fat, www.burnthefat.com

Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle – Complete Review, Fitness Tips for Life, http://www.fitnesstipsforlife.com/burn-the-fat-feed-the-muscle-complete-review.html