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Dieting Is the Worst Way to Lose Weight

Margaret Minnicks is a health-conscious person who researches the health benefits of foods and drinks.


Most people think dieting is the best way to lose weight. However, weight-loss guru Tom Venuto says dieting is the worst way to lose weight. He sets forth his argument in his book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle: Transform Your Body Forever Using the Secrets of the Leanest People in the World.

This article summarizes Venuto's argument that if you want to lose weight, dieting is the worst way to do it.

Tom Venuto's Suggestions

Dieting is a multi-billion dollar weight-loss business. People have been using that method for years. They spend unnecessary money on diet programs and supplements, according to Venuto who has a degree in exercise science. He has worked in the fitness industry since 1989. He was also a personal trainer for 14 years of those years. So, what does he suggest instead of dieting?

Most people believe the most important factor for losing weight is to burn fat and to keep it off. They believe in order to achieve this is to diet. Venuto believes nutrition should be at the top of the list instead of dieting because there is a big difference between diet and nutrition.

Diet or Nutrition?

“Diet” and “nutrition” are not the same thing. A lot of negative things come with a diet. Venuto says dieting means not eating forbidden foods. It means not eating restrictive foods. Favorite foods are banned from diets.

Therefore, Venuto concludes that a diet includes unsustainable changes in a person's eating behavior when they try to lose weight. When people say they are "going on a diet," there are also saying that at some point "they are going off a diet."

Nutrition, on the other hand, is much different from a diet. There is nothing negative about it. Only good things are connected with nutrition. People are sure to consume proper nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Nutritious foods help people get healthier, leaner, and stronger. Therefore, it is beneficial to replace the diet with nutrition.

Venturo says:

"Dieting might improve your health, but it might also destroy your health. Dieting is not always healthy. Nutrition and training together is a sure-fire pathway to health. Weight loss diets fail 80-95 percent of the time. Not because they don't take the weight off, but because they rarely keep it off. Most dieters relapse."

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Stop Dieting

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, Venturo is convinced that dieting is not the best way to make that happen. In fact, he suggests that since it is the worst way, you should stop dieting for the following reasons:

  • When you diet, you are setting yourself up for deprivation.
  • You get hunger when you diet.
  • You have to give up favorite foods when you diet.
  • You lose muscle when you diet.
  • There is a loss of strength.
  • There is a loss of independence.
  • You become frustrated and give up dieting.

Venuto is emphatic about what he believes. He says, "Stop dieting."

Weight Loss Versus Body Transformation

Venuto doesn't tell you to stop dieting without giving you an alternative. Dieting can't transform your body, but a fitness expert reveals that training can do that. Dieting can't make you stronger or fitter, but training can.

Over time, people who diet might fit into smaller clothes. Often people who diet can keep the weight off only temporarily. Therefore, Venuto suggests that body transformation is much better because it is long term. That transformation comes about not by dieting but by nutrition and training.

Tom Venuto's book

Tom Venuto's book

About Tom Venuto's Book

Tom Venuto's 400-page book was revised in December 2013. It is not so much about dieting your body down to where you want it as it is about building your body up to where you want it to be. Rather than promoting dieting, he promotes body transformation instead. According to the book's review, he encourages getting leaner and building fitness, building strength, building lean muscle, building health and building confidence.

The title of the book Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle summarizes Tom Venuto's belief for a healthy body: burn the fat and at the same time feed the muscle. That method doesn't involve dieting at all.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on January 10, 2021:

Great advice

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