Thursday, October 30, 2008

New Book Release - Tom Venuto!


From: Tom Venuto, via Avery Books/Penguin Group, New York City
Re: pre-release announcement

For Immediate Release. October 28th, 2008

New Hardcover Book By Tom Venuto Reveals the 5 Principles for
Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating and
Maintaining Your Perfect Weight.

By now, we all know that we gain fat when we take in more calories
than we burn. But we're not always rational creatures when it comes
to food and exercise.

Recognizing the emotional and psychological factors that sabotage
success, Tom Venuto's new Book, The Body Fat Solution (Avery/Penguin)
hones in on the real causes of body-fat and provides a sound plan
to take back control of our bodies and end emotional eating for good.

In The Body Fat Solution, Venuto outlines the five principles that
will retrain your mind and body for automatic success. Determined
to help you keep the fat off for good, Tom shows you how to:

- End emotional eating and stop diet self sabotage
- Re-program your mind for "auto-pilot" success
- Go beyond goal setting by crafting a powerful "vision" that
motivates you for life
- Eat healthy, delicious food almost unconsciously and
shed the pounds without depending on willpower
- Invite a supportive social network of friends, family, and
mentors to help you achieve your dream body

Venuto reminds us that calories do count! But The Body Fat Solution
is neither super low carb nor super low fat, and he steers clear of
demonizing entire food groups. Instead, Venuto helps you personalize
an eating plan that takes into account your unique metabolism and
calorie needs. He then presents illustrated workout programs to
maximize the success of the nutrition plan that are fast and efficient.

Most important, he helps you plan and organize your life so that
you can fully implement your new goals and monitor your progress,
and finally maintain your perfect weight for life.

The Body Fat Solution offers help for people struggling with everyday
challenges such as frequent travel, restaurant temptations, busy
schedules, high levels of stress and social pressure -- roadblocks that
can get in the way of the best nutrition or training strategy

Tapping into his years of training expertise and personal experience,
Venuto helps readers change their relationship with food, empowers
them to take charge of their lives, and delivers a program that
promises dramatic and permanent results.


"Read this book--if you want to lose weight, improve your body and
your health, and keep up these improvements for life. Tom Venuto
gives it to you straight, basing his program on solid science and
common sense. You will come away with a new feeling of inspiration
and a new action plan to get you started and keep you on track to
help you reach your goals--and then beyond."

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.
Author of The Complete Beck Diet for Life.
Director, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research
Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

"At last, easy, concise, no excuses - get skinny - this is the guide
Great work, Tom!"

- Richard Bandler, co-founder of NLP, author, "Get The Life You Want"

"Tom Venuto's Body Fat Solution is one of the most important books
on health, happiness and physical well-being ever written. In this
fast-moving, easily usable series of methods and techniques, you
learn how to enjoy superb physical fitness, achieve your ideal weight,
and feel terrific about yourself both emotionally and spiritually."

Brian Tracy - Motivational Speaker, Author - "Reinvention"

In 2003 Tom Venuto changed the fat loss world with his ebook
"Burn the Fat - Feed the Muscle"... In 2008 he's done it again with
the Body Fat Solution. The World's expert on fat loss speaks - I listen.
I've often said --- Fat loss doesn't start with an exercise program,
a diet or a supplement... It starts with a mindset shift. That mindset
shift begins with Tom's new book. If you want to change your body -
you need to change your mind. And to do that - you need Tom Venuto.

- Alwyn Cosgrove, Co-Author, The New Rules of Lifting and
The New Rules of Lifting for Women


The Body Fat Solution is scheduled for release on January 8th, 2009.
Now available for Pre order at or Barnes &

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

MetaCardio is available!

I am proud to announce the official release of my new book, "MetaCardio: Metabolic Interval Workouts" published by LuLu Press. You can purchase the book by clicking here

MetaCardio is a rapid fire, metabolism-raising workout that combines both cardio and weights in one time efficient workout. It is my contribution to the well-researched and effective training technique known as High Intensity Interval Training or H.I.I.T. This is the next generation of H.I.I.T workouts and is designed to burn a lot of calories by simultaneously challenging both the aerobic (cardio) and anaerobic (strength) systems. It provides a wide variety of workout options and intensity levels to keep you motivated and prevent boredom.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Review of Morning Banana Diet

Yesterday, I received an article and question about 'The Morning Banana Diet'. Apparently, it's the hottest selling diet book in Japan. Below is a quote from the story:

"The Morning Banana Diet consists of one
or more bananas with room-temperature
water for breakfast; an optional snack at 3
p.m.; and anything you want for lunch and
dinner. The catch: You can’t eat desserts after
meals, dinner has to be consumed by 8
p.m. , and you have to go to bed by midnight.
The diet was created by Osaka pharmacist
Sumiko Watanabe, who wanted to help her
husband lose weight, and aims at boosting
the dieter’s metabolism. Watanabe’s husband
ended up dropping 37 pounds."

So why is this diet working? Are bananas the next 'superfood'? Heck no, this is another fad which has helped sell more than 730,000 books so far. Sure, the banana is a rich source of potassium and helps prevent both constipation and diarrhea.

Bananas are relatively high in calories (a medium-sized banana has about 110 calories). However, one should not eliminate bananas from the diet when trying to lose weight. Bananas also provide calcium, carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6, etc. So they are nutrient-dense food.

So why are people losing weight? Here's the catch, and I quote, "You can’t eat desserts after meals, dinner has to be consumed by 8 p.m."

I don't care if you eat a watermelon, apple, or any other fruit for breakfast. If you eliminate dessert, you will save several hundred calories a day. And that, my friends, will surely help you to keep your overall caloric intake low which equals weight loss.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Alcohol and Fat Loss

Yesterday, I was watching TV when a commercial came on for a 64 calorie beer. We still haven't gotten it.

It's not the calories in alcohol that you need to worry about. It's the alcohol itself. Study after study has proven that for most people, alcohol shuts down your ability to burn fat in the liver. This is (obviously) very important if you are trying to lose fat.

So remember, it's not about the total calories in this case, it's about what the alcohol does to your fat burning furnace! It shuts it down!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Jimi on WDIV Local 4 News in Detroit

Below is a collection of the TV appearances my client Chuck Gaidica and I did on Friday, Sept. 26th.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Review of movie, "Bigger, Stronger, Faster"

After several long months, I finally got my Netflix delivered DVD version of the highly anticipated documentary, "Bigger, Stronger, Faster" After watching the 90 minute classic, I have several thoughts:

#1: This movie is about my childhood - if you grew up in the 80's, this movie is a MUST SEE. I saw my childhood flash before my eyes. The same action heroes that inspired the Bell family to strive for greatness also inspired me. Everyone from Arnold, Sly, and Hulk Hogan are showcased in this movie.

#2: This movie doesn't take a pro or anti steroid stance - it was refreshing to see that Chris Bell did NOT paint steroids in either a positive or negative light. He simply pointed out what they are, and what they are not. He also interviews some of the legends of track and field, Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson, asking the tough questions that most of us want to know.

All in all, I can't say enough good about this movie. Once you see it, you will want to own your own copy. It will make a great stocking stuffer!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Video is up!

Aug. 31st - Sept. 28th
13lbs of body fat LOST!
5 inches on waistline LOST!

Where's the proof?

Okay, below is a video summary of my fat loss journey. My wife Vaiva and son Edwin were heading off to Lithuania for 28 days to visit her side of the family. I decided that I would attack my excess body fat with lazer-like focus. When I started the challenge on Aug. 31st, I was 157lbs with a 34 1/4 inch waist. When I finished the challenge, I was 145lbs with a 27 inch waist. Because the results seem too good to be true, I decided to include this brief video to show the journey I took. Scroll down past the video to see an outline of my workout and eating plan for this 28-Day Journey!

Eating Rules:
1. Eat 6 - 7 meals a day.
2. Eat lean protein and complex carbs in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables.
3. No sugar or processed carbohydrate/foods with the exception of protein powder.
4. Carb-free protein bars were permitted if necessary to get a meal in at work.

Workout Plan:
1. Perform 2 - 12 min. timed set circuits with 3 Compound exercises with little or no rest between sets.
2. Perform treadmill sprint intervals at 30 sprint/30 recovery for 15 minutes, treadmill sprints at 60 sprint/60 recovery for 16 minutes, MetaCardio Intervals, or Stepmill, Elliptical, or Bike for steady-state cardio for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Fit at 50 Chuck Gaidica's battle of the bulge

Below are some pictures from the story!

Here is a link to Chuck Gaidica story on

Fit at 50 with Chuck Gaidica on Local 4 Detroit

On Friday evening, September 26th, 2008, Local 4 Detroit stopped by the Sports Club of Novi to do a story on one of their superstars, Chuck Gaidica. Chuck just happens to be one of my hardest working clients. In one of the segments, Chuck mentioned my new program, "MetaCardio" he went on to explain that when we added this piece to the workout, it was as if "a switch had been flipped" on his weight loss efforts.

On this day, we had the opportunity to showcase the fruit of his labor. Below are several pictures taken from the live broadcast!

Real before and after shot!

Real before and after shot!
Over 50lbs of fat....GONE!