Tom Venuto

Tom Venuto's Articles
  • Should You Weigh Yourself Everyday or Throw Away Your Scale?
  • Have you ever had a weight loss expert tell you to "throw away your scale?" or maybe you heard that too much focus on scale weight can turn you into an obsessive-compulsive (sound familiar?). Well, body composition is more important than body weight. But what if I told you that research supports a strong correlation between daily weigh-ins and long term weight loss success?loss success? Yes, I said DAILY weigh ins.
  • Published in Health on 21 Apr 2011
  • Eat Less and Exercise More: Is this the Wrong Advice for Losing Weight?
  • I'm about to share with you the most important weight loss strategy that will literally make or break your success. This is the #1 one fat loss tip I could ever give you. If you don't get this right, you can kiss your fat loss results goodbye. This is the one absolute requirement for weight loss
  • Published in Health on 21 Apr 2011
  • A "Mind Training" Technique That Makes You Stronger
  • The word "visualization" sometimes conjures up images of new age gurus teaching esoteric techniques for personal enlightenment and "attracting" what you want into your life. This causes many evidence-based types to scoff. However, piles of research has shown that mental imagery (aka "visualization") can improve performance. The latest study suggests that a certain type of mental imagery can also increase your strength
  • Published in Health on 25 Jul 2010
  • An Insanely Effective Type of Interval Training
  • An Insanely Effective Type of High Intensity Interval Training For Fat Loss
  • Published in Health on 12 Jul 2010
  • Heavy Metals Found In Protein Shakes: Should You Stop Drinking Them?
  • A recent investigation on protein drinks has been causing waves of concern or even alarm to ripple through the fitness and bodybuilding world. Supplement companies are up in arms and people are wondering whether they should stop drinking protein shakes after the magazine said they tested 15 protein drinks for heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury) and 3 of them came up above the proposed safe limits...
  • Published in Food and drink on 05 Jul 2010
  • New HIIT Research: A Practical Model For High Intensity Interval Training
  • A recent study out of McMaster University has tested a protocol for High Intensity Interval Training that produces impressive results in a short period of time without the need for "all-out" sprints...
  • Published in Health on 24 Jun 2010
  • The Double-Edged Sword of "Healthy Fast Food"
  • What's on the menu at the big fast food chains lately? Oddly enough, the answer is... "health food!" Even more incongruous, many are marketing their food for weight loss. Healthy weight loss food at Taco Bell and McDonalds? Is this a noble move to be applauded, is it a big corporate money grab, or is it a double edged sword?
  • Published in Health on 24 Mar 2010
  • Calorie Counting vs Intuitive Eating: Are They Mutually Exclusive?
  • Why is it that any time you hear the words "calorie counting" or "food journaling", people start running for the hills? If creating menus, counting calories and keeping a food journal are research-proven, effective tools for nutrition awareness, education, motivation and accountability (they are), then why is there so much resistance to it?
  • Published in Health on 18 Mar 2010
  • Nutrition Label Lies & Loopholes: Serving Size Sleight of Hand
  • For years, concerned consumers and watchdog organizations have been screaming that the U.S. labeling laws are full of loopholes and in need of serious revision. After years of talk, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says they're planning to so something about it. But will it be enough?
  • Published in Health on 18 Mar 2010
  • 8 Overlooked Diet Mistakes That Put the Pounds Back On
  • Clearly, we have an obesity problem in America and many other countries across our planet. Yet, I propose that we do not have a weight loss problem today. In case you're confused at this apparent contradiction, consider these statistics:
  • Published in Health on 18 Mar 2010
  • Does Cold Weather Make You Store Body Fat?
  • Is there any evidence that during cold winter weather it gets harder to lose body fat? Many people say that it seems easier to drop fat during the hot weather.
  • Published in Health on 14 Jan 2010
  • Does hypnosis work for weight loss?
  • Hypnosis is terribly misunderstood and the only exposure to hypnosis most people will ever have is a Las Vegas stage show. But stage hypnosis for entertainment and hypnotherapy for behavior change are completely different animals. Could "real" hypnotherapy help you get leaner?
  • Published in Health on 13 Jan 2010
  • What is the Ideal Body Fat Percentage to See Your Abs?
  • Measuring your body fat percentage is a valuable tool to chart your progress on your quest to get six pack abs. Hopefully most people realize by now that abdominal exercises don't burn fat off your stomach. Abs are made in the kitchen, not just in the gym. No matter how much you work out, if you don't eat right and achieve a calorie deficit, your abs will remain covered in a layer of adipose.
  • Published in Health on 13 Jan 2010
  • Is Bodybuilding a Real Sport?
  • Is bodybuilding a sport? Every so often I see an argument on a forum where some critic claims that bodybuilding is not a real sport. Not only that, there is usually some derogatory comment along the lines of, "Oily men in Speedos a sport? Come on!" In a recent interview on the Fitcast show, I was asked this question and I gave a (mostly) serious answer.
  • Published in Health on 01 Jan 2010
  • Goal Setting For a New Decade: Beyond the New Year's Resolution
  • When you pause and reflect on the past decade as you look ahead to a new one, it makes you appreciate how short life is, how valuable time is and how quickly the time can pass you by - with nothing to show for it, if you don't plan otherwise. That's why the passing of another decade can feel like a wake up call as much as a fresh start.
  • Published in Health on 01 Jan 2010
  • No Pain No Gain: Fitness Myth or Ultimate Fitness Truth?
  • No Pain, No Gain. Is this aphorism just a fitness myth and downright bad advice? A lot of people seem to think so. As a bodybuilder with 25 years of training experience and more than two dozen trophies on my shelf, I have another perspective to offer you
  • Published in Health on 30 May 2009
  • Fight Fitness Fraud With Fitness Skepticism
  • The fitness industry is full of misconceptions and myths as well as blatant scams and lies. As Winston Churchill said, ?A lie gets half way around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.? If Churchill could only see the Internet today!
  • Published in Health on 24 May 2009
  • The poison in our food supply that most people are STILL eating every day
  • Most people are literally eating poison every day without giving it a second thought. Eating even small amounts of this substance is consistently linked to coronary heart disease. The research also confirms that it will increase belly fat (visceral fat), contribute to insulin resistance, increase risk of type 2 diabetes, adversely affect cholesterol levels, trigger systemic inflammation, and adversely affect almost every cell in your body.
  • Published in Health on 18 May 2009
  • Wu Long Tea And Green Tea For Weight Loss: Scam Warning
  • The odds are good that if you're interested in improving your health and losing fat, you probably either drink tea, take a green tea supplement or you've at least thought about it. But what if I told you that most of the fat reducing claims for green tea were total BS, based on misinterpretation or deliberate misreporting of the research? Unfortunately, it's true. If you've purchased green tea for weight loss, you may have been scammed.
  • Published in Health on 07 May 2009
  • Scary Skinny Tabloid Tell-Alls
  • I admit it. I bought the National Enquirer. I know, you should never admit you bought the Enquirer, but the headline GOT me! "Hollywood's Deadly Skin And Bones Diet: Stars Risking Their Lives To Be Thin."
  • Published in Health on 25 Apr 2009
  • Irvingia gabonensis: IN-credible weight loss from an African tree?
  • Irvingia gabonensis is the newest supplement to hit the weight loss marketplace, saturate the internet with advertisements, ignite forum discussions and flood my email inbox with questions. In the weight loss marketplace, this may gain the dubious distinction of becoming the next hoodia or acai berry (scam), but I'll just present the facts, make my case and then let you decide for yourself.
  • Published in Health on 25 Apr 2009
  • The 2 Pounds Per Week Rule - And How To Burn Fat Faster
  • Why do you always hear that 2 pounds per week is the maximum amount of fat you should lose? If you train hard while watching calories shouldn't you be able to lose more fat without losing muscle or damaging your health? What if you want to lose fat faster? How do you explain the fast weight losses on The Biggest Loser? Want to know where that 2 pounds rule comes from and what it really takes to burn more than 2 pounds of fat per week?
  • Published in Health on 20 Apr 2009
  • How liquid calories may be making you fat, even your favorite protein drinks
  • So far, at least 7 scientific studies have provided strong evidence that energy containing beverages (i.e., "liquid calories") don't activate the satiety mechanisms in the brain and don't satisfy the appetite as well as food in solid form. Research also supports a positive association between calorie-containing beverage consumption and increased body weight. New research now suggests that soda may not be the only culprit
  • Published in Health on 18 Apr 2009
  • Avoid This Killer Weight Re-Gain Mistake
  • If you want to burn off fat and keep it off permanently, there are a few things you absolutely must do, and a new study from Wake Forest University has just uncovered another one.
  • Published in Health on 29 Jan 2009
  • 8 reasons why you keep falling off the diet wagon
  • Clearly, we have an obesity problem in America and many other countries across our planet. Yet, I propose that we do not have a weight loss problem today.
  • Published in Health on 29 Jan 2009
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