Archive for the ‘Science & Research’ Category

January 5th, 2015

3500 Calories To Lose A Pound… Is This Formula All Wrong?

Almost everybody has heard that there’s 3500 calories in a pound of fat, so if you create a negative energy balance of 3500 calories in a week, you lose a pound of weight. Create a negative energy balance of 7000 calories (deficit) in a week and you tip the scale to a two pound weight loss and so on, right? Not so fast…

July 25th, 2014

What No One Ever Told You About Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) And What It Really Means

I’ve been asked questions about delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) for years, and lately have received more questions about DOMS than ever, so obviously people are fascinated by this subject and many are concerned about the implications. Some people wonder exactly what causes DOMS, others want to know how to reduce the pain, a few want to know how to avoid it completely and then there are a few “odd ones” who want to know how to get more sore! (Know anyone like that?) In today’s Burn the Fat Blog post, I will answer some of these commonly asked questions about DOMS…

June 15th, 2014

Are You an”Active Couch Potato?”

“Prolonged sitting is making you fat and slowly KILLING YOU!” In the past few years, newspapers, magazines and TV have been broadcasting warnings about the hazards of too much desk time.  Now there’s a new twist to the story: The newest research says that even if you work out religiously, if you also have a sedentary job and spend a lot of time in a chair, you may still be at risk! Read on to find out if you’re an “active couch potato” and if so, what you should do about it …

December 25th, 2012

Aerobic vs Weight Training: Which is Better For Fat Loss (The Duke Study – Was it Wrong?)

A recent study from Duke University comparing aerobic versus weight training to see which is better for fat loss was one of the most publicized studies of the year. My in-box was bursting with emails from Burn the Fat readers sending me links from news websites, and asking me, “What do you think of this Tom? Should I stop lifting weights and focus on aerobics until I get the fat off?”  I think the researchers missed the mark when they concluded that “Aerobic exercise is better” … Read on to find out why and see what the top trainers, best bodybuilders and hottest fitness models in the world really say is the  best way to burn fat the fastest…

March 5th, 2012

Does Chewing Gum Help You Lose Weight?

Does chewing gum help you lose weight or burn fat? This question has been investigated by scientists before and chewing gum as a weight loss strategy even got some mainstream pub thanks to The Biggest Loser. The idea looked plausible, even promising, but a new study has shed a different light on the subject. Researchers at the University of Alabama conducted an 8-week randomized controlled trial and the results were published in the March 2012 issue of the journal Obesity. Read on to see what they discovered…

July 22nd, 2011

How to Read Fitness Research, Part 2

I think we can all agree that when it comes to your training and nutrition programs, results in the real world are what count…  So why should you care about what the research world says? Why not  just hit the gym and keep doing more of  whatever is working?  Simple answer: You SHOULD keep doing what’s working for you! But…. If you don’t even have a basic understanding of how fitness research works, at best, you’ll have no idea  HOW you got  your results… and at worst, you’ll be doomed to a life of being confused, feeling conflicted and getting ripped off by fitness marketing hype. Read on for part 2 of my fitness research interview with Mark Young and discover the shortcuts that will protect you from being a victim of fitness scams and allow you to think for yourself in today’s confusing  diet and exercise world…

July 18th, 2011

How To Read Fitness Research

How valuable and time-saving would it be if you could: 1) instantly spot a diet or supplement scam, 2) fact-check any article, advertisement or news story for accuracy by yourself, 3) look like a genius in any debate or discussion about fitness myths, 4) cut right through internet information overload with razor-sharp critical thinking? If you learn this one skill – how to read fitness research – that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do… Learn how in this 2 part interview with Tom Venuto and Mark Young

July 11th, 2011

How To Avoid Health And Fitness Scams: The Baloney Detection Kit

Fat loss and fitness fads, frauds, fakes and downright weird stuff is everywhere in the marketplace today. Collectively, we’ll call it baloney and it includes all the programs and products that have no evidence supporting their claims. Baloney is a big problem because it adds to the already overwhelming information overload. It could also be costing you a fortune.  Millions of people get scammed every year and their sense of frustration builds with each regretted purchase and every failed attempt. Fortunately, there’s a solution…

July 1st, 2011

Why Cardio Doesn’t Work For Some People: A NEAT Explanation

At the Burn the Fat Inner Circle member forums earlier this week, I got a question which comes up with alarming frequency: “Why isn’t my cardio working?”  Despite not only doing regular cardio for weeks, but actually increasing the duration of her workouts, she still saw no added fat loss and started wondering what she was doing wrong… or what was wrong with her!  I gave her the surprisingly simple answer, which I’ve printed for you as well in today’s blog and new research has added even more to the answer – it’s a NEAT explanation…

April 20th, 2011

Obesity Paradoxes: Fat But Still Fit?

If you’re fat, then you must be sick too, right? After all, countless studies have found associations between higher body mass index (BMI) and risk of disease (death too!) In fact, obesity has been linked to at least 20 diseases including diabetes, hypertension cardiovascular disease and even cancer. But why is it that some people are obese but not unhealthy? How do we explain this seeming paradox? Can you improve your health while you’re still overweight? And if you’re fat but healthy, should you bother losing weight at all? Hmmm… interesting questions… and I have answers!