Archive for the ‘Reader Q & A’ Category

December 8th, 2009

Damage Control For Holiday Eating”Accidents”

At this time of year, most people have gone to a holiday gathering and found themselves with a belly stuffed with far more calories than they would normally ever eat. Some feel little shame for eating a cake or drinking half the bowl of punch, but others find themselves feeling guilty afterwards and can’t help but think, “oops, I shouldn’t have eaten that.” In the last couple of weeks, I’ve read numerous articlesabout about how to deal with this. One article was focused on “controlling damage” bymaking diet adjustments AFTER an over-sized meal. But is this approach a good idea?

October 4th, 2008

The Final Word On Fruit, Fructose And Fat Loss (Audio)

Does fruit make you fat? Are bodybuilders right when they cut out fruit before competitions or is that unnecessary? These and other questions have been hotly debated for decades. In this short 4 minute audio, Kevin Larrabee of the Fit Cast show puts this question to Tom Venuto, who puts everything in perspective and gives you the final word on fruit, fructose and fat loss… click the play button below to listen…

September 5th, 2008

Basketball For Fat Loss?

QUESTION: Hi Tom. I have asked several other experts about thisand so far no one seems to give me an EXACT answer. Some trainers tell me I have to go steady and nonstop for 30 minutes straight or more to burn fat. Others tell me I have to do intervals and they have to be in a certain ratio of sprint to recovery. I’m getting tired of my cardio ritual and would like a change. I love basketball. I could play for an hour and enjoy everyminute of it, and I FEEL like i’m getting a good workout doing it. But is it really the same as something like a good run? Thank you,Dan

August 28th, 2008

Which Alcoholic Drink is Best When You’re Dieting?

QUESTION: Dear Tom: If you are going to go out and have a drink or two with friends, which drink is the best when you’re on a fat loss program like BFFM? Would it be wine or a vodka mixed with soda? Is champagne better or worse than the other two?

August 26th, 2008

Tom’s 3.7% Body Fat Routine

QUESTION: Hey Tom, I just read the article on your blog, “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….

June 10th, 2008

What Does”Natural”Really Mean?

QUESTION: Tom, I know that you aren’t really big on supplements, but I remember reading somewhere that you said you believe in a few basic supplements. Could you tell me which ones? I also read something on a website where someone said you are the most “natural” bodybuilder he knows and that you don’t even take aspirin. Is this true? To tell you the truth, Tom, I do not believe it is possible to obtain 3% or 4% bodyfat with as much muscle as you have without drugs or at least fat burner supplements. And also, don’t you think that the term “natural bodybuilding” has been abused quite a lot everywhere? No one who uses it on the net is really natural. Natural would mean one eats only what appears in nature and does not ingest man-made stuff from bottles. Right?”

March 26th, 2008

The Company You Keep (Are Boozers Losers?)

QUESTION: Tom, I love your Burn The Fat, Feed the Muscle (BFFM) program,but I have a serious question about alcohol. I know you’ve been asked this before because I read your last article on drinking and the beer belly, but I think this is different… I come from Scotland and not only is drinking considered socially acceptable there, it is a way of life for most people. It has been the single most difficult part about sticking to your fat loss program for me…

May 3rd, 2007

The Incredible Shrinking Fat Cell…

Q: Dear Tom: : I’ve been enjoying your fat burning tips newsletters and am fascinated by the whole fat burning process, but would actually like to know the science of it all. Would you please try to explain in laymen’s terms exactly how fat cells work and what happens when you start to burn body fat. I heard a statement that the fat cell has to get moved into the muscle cell for itto be released or burned. Thought you could explain a little better. Sincerely, Kevin

July 9th, 2006

Eat Blubber… Get Lean And Healthy???

Q: Dear Tom: I really enjoy your articles and the frankness with which they are written -very refreshing. I have been able to draw much inspiration from you and my level of understanding what it is I am trying to attain and how I am meant to do it has improved ten fold. My question comes out of pure curiosity. Here I am fighting the fat fight every day and then you have the guys who live in the polar regions who have little to no access to green vegetables. In fact they live off seal andwhale meat/blubber. Yuk but awesome! a) Is it true that they have longest longevity of all us earthlings? b) Why do you reckon that is? Phyllis Zimbabwe

June 8th, 2006

Chugging sugar to burn fat and gain muscle? Say what!???

Q: Dear Tom: I came across a piece of muscle-building advice writtenon a white board at a Bally’s fitness club, posted outside the “advanced” personal training station. I took a pictureand attached it to this email. As you can see, it said to ingest whey protein and 60-70 grams of *simple sugars* 30-45 minutes after your workout. Is there any truth at all to this advice? I take particular exception to point #1… I can’t believe eating 60-70 gramsof simple sugar at any time can be good for you! If this is indeed bad advice, I will write Bally’s corporateand tell them to stop hurting the public with bad advice from their personal trainers. What do you think? thanks, Doug