It's clear there is a great need for a bodybuilding diet plan. With the advent of the internet, diet ebooks, supplements, exercise videos and "magic" diet pills have flooded the market.
Advertisers are taught to be very good at pressing your emotional buttons, so even though your head assures you these "fast and easy," "just take a pill" claims are too good to be true, you can now and then fall victim just to satisfy your curiosity.
However when the pain gets great enough, when you've been burned...AGAIN...you begin to wise up. You forever swear off "quick fixes" and start the hard work of determining what really works; a calorie deficit, proper nutrition, intelligent training, changing your lifestyle and replacing your old negative habits with positive new ones.
In the preceeding ten years loads of internet diets have come and gone; but there is one that is still around: Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle. As a matter of fact, every year since 2003 it's been on the best seller list on the internet! Folks of all ages from all over the world have lost anywhere from a few pounds to 253 pounds. Regularly getting positive reviews, and earning a reputation of being intelligent, above board and effective, this program is solid.
Even more important than the writer's exercise science degree and strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer certifications is the fact that he, Tom Venuto, walks the talk. He is a natural-for-life bodybuilder, which means that he's never taken steroids or other body-enhancing drugs. Tom has competed 28 times in bodybuilding and has the 6-pack abs to prove it!
Countless people think Tom was just genetically predisposed to be lean, and they are encouraged to discover otherwise.
What the Program Includes
BFFM is published in PDF format so you can download the ebook. It's on the long side at 300+ pages, so if you're looking for a Cliff's Notes type of read, this might not be the book you want. On the other hand, if you know "quick reads" go with "quick fixes," and you want to know what to do and why you're doing it, then this program is exactly what you're looking for.
For more than 20 years, the writer has studied physique athletes (bodybuilders, female figure competitors and fitness models). That's the whole premise of this book: If you want to get lean as quickly as possible, wouldn't it make sense to find the leanest folks in the world, find out how they did it, and do what they do?
The idea of a program based on bodybuilder and fitness model techniques makes perfect sense, although it does intimidate a few people in the beginning.
In the introduction of the book, however, Venuto points out this program: "was created BY a bodybuilder, but it's not just FOR bodybuilders." In fact, the book easily could have been titled, "What every man and woman can learn from bodybuilders about permanent fat loss."
The nutrition strategies will work for anyone because they progress in stages from beginner to advanced.
Unless you plan on competing in a fitness or bodybuilding competition, you'll only need to use Phase One, aka the "baseline" diet.
Phases Two and Three are there for when you want to get "ripped" with the six pack abs look - these introduce the more advanced techniques and will prepare you for bodybuilding or figure competitions.
This Bodybuilding Diet is All About Nutrition
The chief focus of the ebook is nutrition, because nutrition is arguably the most important key to getting lean. You could have the most outstanding training program in the world, but if you eat more calories than you burn, you'll gain fat irrespective of your well-designed training plan.
In the chapters on nutrition, you'll learn how to set up a meal plan you can enjoy by using Tom's menu "template" system: You just choose the foods you enjoy (choose from the recommended food lists), enter them into the meal plan template, and your menus virtually create themselves. You can get some ideas from the sample menus provided.
You also learn the truth about six pack abs: Body fat tissue lies on TOP of the abdominal muscles, so you'll NEVER see your abs unless your body fat gets low enough. You can't burn fat off your abs with abdominal exercises like crunches or sit ups. You must get the nutrition right to attain very low body fat levels.
You will learn all you need to know about calories, protein, carbs and fat to get low levels of body fat. You'll discover the facts about low carb and high protein diets. Get the inside scoop on fat burning foods - with lists of what to eat and when.
.And About Weight Training
You also are taught how to set up a training program. Top natural bodybuilding and fitness champions use these same workout routines. Also, you can use your own personal workout if you choose, because any workout will work well with this bodybuilding diet plan.
The training program includes two parts: weight training and cardiovascular training. You'll need access to basic equipment at home like dumbbells and barbells, or you can train in a gym. (Note: Photos and comprehensive instructions on how to do each exercise are not provided. There's more focus given to nutrition than training, and if you use the training programs, it assumes you are knowledgeable about how to perform basic weight training exercises.)
Chapter 5 teaches you how to individualize your program by explaining metabolic individuality and how to figure out your unique body type. Contrary to popular belief, there is no one-size-fits-all nutrition program. If you have special needs, for example, if you're lactose intolerant, allergic to gluten or if you're just a picky eater, you can easily modify the menus to work for you.
As if the bodybuilding diet plan and weight training plan weren't enough, Chapter 1 contains the best explanation of goal setting, mental training and the psychology of motivation that you will ever ready in ANY book. Many people know what to do, but have a hard time doing it, such as fighting old bad habits or being inconsistent with diet or nutrition. You will find the solution in mental training, not the physical training.
Will a Bodybuilding Diet Plan Work For Me?
This program is no quick fix. You won't get six pack abs or a body like a fitness model by training a few minutes a day and eating haphazardly or cheating frequently. This program requires structure and requires effort. Actually, that's the reason many BFFM customers state for why they bought the program in the first place - it truthfully admits that fat loss is hard work. However, there is no question - if you follow the program, you will get very, very lean.