Freelance writer, motivational coach, trainer, nutrition consultant, health club manager/owner, bodybuilding champion, and author, Tom Venuto has been a star in the fitness industry for the last two decades. If you’re looking for a credible trainer with lots of experience, he’s your guy.
As a freelance writer, Venuto has written more than 400 articles on nutrition, training, fat loss and fitness motivation that can be found all over the internet on sites such as About.com and BodyBuilding.com. Another large accomplishment on his resume is being the founder and CEO of Burn the Fat Inner Circle, a website for fat-loss support with more than 13,000 members.
Out of all his achievements in the fitness industry, his e-book is definitely what he’s most known for. Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is one of the bestselling online books ever sold in history. It’s rated by Clickbank.com as the number one e-book in the world for both fitness and diet books. Those who have read it have given it the nickname “The Fat Loss Bible.” His other published book is The Body Fat Solution.
Venuto gradated from Bloomsberg University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s of science degree in exercise science. He’s been training since 1983 and began competing in bodybuilding in 1989. Since then, he’s competed 28 times and has taken home seven championship titles such as: (more…)
In today’s world there are thousands of different diets available, each having its own purpose. Everywhere you look you’ll see magazines and books boasting the new “it diet” and how to get a six pack in six weeks. So how do you know which diet’s right for you? Find one that identifies with your needs and goals. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past five weeks.
Several weeks ago I started hearing about this new diet bodybuilders are using to prepare for their next competition. It’s called the Re-Feed Diet. Its goal: to build muscle while maintaining and improving leanness at the same time. Sounds like an oxymoron right? Keep reading and things might start making sense.
The concept is similar to that of a “cheat day” only the re-feed has more construction. When you’re on a low-calorie diet your metabolism will eventually begin to drop. When this happens there are multiple negative consequences. Weight loss slows, your body feels weak and fatigued and you begin feeling lethargic. No wonder so many people give up after reaching this stage in a diet. In order to avoid these disasters, you might consider incorporating a re-feed into your diet. To be straight to the point, you get to eat A LOT of food one day a week.
Just try and say that five times fast! And when you’re done, start doing it, as all kinds of diet programs vouch for the success that writing down your food intake can bring. Bodybuilders do it, Jenny Craigers and Weight Watchers do it, and now there are programs cropping up that are nothing more than journal support groups. How does writing it down work? Let’s take a look.
When you need to get something done, do you write a note to yourself? Of course you do! So why not put at the top of that list “lose weight” or “maintain weight”? Isn’t that just as important as picking up the dry cleaning? In fact, why bother picking up the dry cleaning at all if you can’t fit into it? Making healthy weight management a “to-do” sets the wheels in motion.
So now you are cruising along, you’ve started your program, and things are going great. You’re motivated, you are feeling lighter, and you are looking forward to reaching your goal. Wanna know a secret? Professional athletes of every sport take the time to write down DAILY what they did that day to develop their skills, how they felt, how they slept, and yes, what they ate. Why do they do this? One, because their trainer teaches them and tells them to, but two, because they know that by writing it down, they are creating awareness for themselves as to what is working and what is not. Even athletes have a strong inner-critic; in fact, that inner critic is probably what drives them to great success. But the difference between you controlling the inner-critic and the inner-critic controlling you, is writing it down, analyzing the situation, and closing the book until the next meal, allowing you to focus on other important areas of your life.
There is a reason why CEOs have an accounts payable department. If every CEO could just write checks willy-nilly, rather than having to ask AP for a check, he/she would easily overspend the cash flow. A successful dieter needs to be their own accounts payable, and before they “spend” their calories on something they are about to eat, they need to ask themselves “can I afford this?” . Use your journal as a “check book”, to keep a check on your food choices. If you don’t like doing it, well, experts say you are probably the person who needs it the most. Need more encouragement? It’s free, and it works.