BodybuildingPro.com Nutrition Database Reviews of Popular Diets Body For Life vs. Burn The Fat
What's the difference between Body For Life
(BFL) and BURN THE FAT? Well, all fat loss programs that are
bodybuilding-inspired will have similarities; so if you’re
looking for “100% new,” “breakthrough,”
“revolutionary,” or “original” information,
then you won’t find it the BURN THE FAT program...or anywhere
else for that matter. Ask any world-class coach: Fundamentals are
fundamentals – they form the foundation of every legitimate
program and they will never change.
What Burn The Fat does differently - and
superbly well - is to address the 2 major drawbacks of BFL, which
are the same problems of most other mainstream diet programs
including The Zone, The Atkins Diet, The Ketogenic Diet, the High
carb Diet and many others. These drawbacks are: (1) lack of
individualization, and (2) way too much push for supplements and
other products that are completely unnecessary.
First, BFL and all these other diets have their
positive points (and BFL has more positive points than most). The
problem is; none of them are 100% applicable to all people all the
time. Genetics and metabolic individuality explain why some people
thrive on high carbs, while others get fat on high carbs. It
explains why some people do extremely well on Atkin’s and
Ketogenic diets, while others only lose muscle and feel lousy on
Burn the Fat is the first program to take the
best of all the programs, compile the information into one
exhaustively detailed resource, and throw away the junk and the
hype - leaving a solid backbone of universal principles which apply
to everyone. Then, instead of prescribing one generic program for
everyone, this “baseline” program has room to be
personalized – which is an absolute necessity for long-term
You should question any program that prescribes
the same diet and exercise routine for everyone. There are 6.2
billion people on our planet today and no two bodies and
metabolisms are exactly the same. Don't you know someone who eats
anything they want, yet they have six pack abs and never gain an
ounce of fat? And don't you know someone who is the opposite
– If they eat one cheat meal, it goes straight to their
waistline or thighs? It’s true! The need for customization is
undeniable. Doesn’t that make complete sense?
Burn the Fat, is quite simply, incredibly
flexible. Once you have your fundamentals mastered (it’s
entirely possible you already do if you’re well-read and
you’ve been working out for a long time), the question
remains; do you know how to “tweak” and fine tune your
diet and training to fit your body type? If not, you could be like
the fly trying to get outside by flying straight through a glass
windowpane. It’s going to die trying right there on the
windowsill. With equal or even less effort, the fly could simply
change direction and zoom right outside through the open door ten
feet away. That’s exactly what happens if you’re eating
wrong for your body type and then you switch to the right way for
You won’t find one single nutrition
program in Burn the Fat – you will find THREE different
nutrition programs, starting with the basic fundamentals (which you
have to master first). Then you simply adjust your nutrition based
on the information you’ll learn in chapter 5 on body types
and nutritional individuality (yes, there’s a whole chapter
on this subject where you can learn the real reason why some people
can eat whatever they want and stay skinny).
And what about training? How could one workout
work for everyone? Do you give the same weight training program to
a competitive bodybuilder that you do to a complete novice?
It’s ridiculous to even consider. Burn the fat has not one,
but FOUR training programs. And within each of these four training
programs are TWO schedules, one more conservative for
time-scrunched people, and one more aggressive for people who
really want to go for it (that’s eight routines all
Ditto for cardio: How can you recommend one
cardio program for everyone? I teach you how to systematically
manipulate cardio frequency, duration, intensity, timing and type
to accommodate your goals and get the results you want. One cardio
workout just doesn’t cut it for everyone. Even if you use a
scientifically proven technique like high intensity interval
training, how long do you think you could do this before your body
adapts to it? The need for variation and individualization is
Okay, second drawback… let’s face
it. Who can deny the fact that although BFL has a lot of solid
information, it’s also an advertisement for a supplement
company? No one can deny that, because it’s true. The author
of BFL, Bill Phillips, while he has now sold the company and
“retired” to Hawaii, was the founder and CEO of EAS
supplement company and publisher of Muscle Media 2000 Magazine
(which was also a promotional tool for nutritional supplements, as
are almost all bodybuilding and fitness magazines).
I’m not “picking on” BFL
specifically – but ask yourself, isn’t this the case
with almost every diet program? You buy the book/program and then
you’re told that you have to buy all this other stuff to make
the program work; pills, bars, powders, drinks, etc, etc. Is all
this stuff really necessary? I say it most certainly is not!
Contrary to what some people believe, I AM NOT
“anti-supplements.” It’s more correct to say that
I am “pro-whole foods” (although I am certainly against
unproven, rip off supplements). I believe in proven supplements for
“insurance” purposes, such as a daily multi vitamin and
essential fatty acids, (2) for convenience purposes (meal
replacements and protein powder), and (3) on rare occasion, a
legitimate natural product emerges which really does enhance
performance (such as creatine). I’ve used these products
myself and recommend them to my clients on occasion.
I have nothing against even the most aggressive
promotion of legitimate products and services as long as they help
enhance the lives of other people. The world does not beat a path
to your door just because you've discovered a better mousetrap. You
have to toot your horn and let everyone know about the solution you
have to their problem or no one will ever benefit from it.
What irks me is NOT the selling of supplements
and weight loss products, it's the selling of unproven, bogus
products to make a profit, and also the dishonest way legitimate
products are often misrepresented and marketed.
Supplements are NOT required to lose fat
– they’re not even a major factor!
A GREAT BODY DOESN’T COME IN A
What’s unique about Burn The Fat is that
it’s NOT a promotional vehicle for product sales. It’s
an information resource and a complete fat loss program that really
is for life - not for just 12 weeks. I know people who have spent
$3000 to $5000 per year on supplements - and I’m not kidding
– that’s not an exaggeration! Think about that for a
minute! What’s really ironic is that many of these people
– even after spending all that money, haven’t gotten
Look, I think Body For Life is a very solid
program. It’s got nutrition, weight training, cardio and
motivational aspects all rolled into one, which is a winning
combination in my book. I also think Bill Phillips has done a
commendable thing by getting weight training and bodybuilding style
nutrition out to the general public. Phillips is a damn good
motivator too, by the way – I read Muscle Media for years and
enjoyed many of his editorials. If I didn’t have my own
Program, Body For Life is one of the programs I would recommend
(with the previous warnings about supplements and
If you’re a B.F.L.B (“Body For Life
Burnout”) and you want to take it to the next level with a
program that that’s individualized and customized to your
personal needs, (and you don’t want to miss your car payment
because you bought so many supplements), then get a copy of Burn The
Fat Feed the Muscle.
People tell me all the time how "refreshing" it
is to finally see an unbiased opinion on the subject and what a
"breath of fresh air" it is to hear honest information on fat loss
from the viewpoint of someone who doesn't sell supplements! Even if
you’ve read BFL, all the magazines and a dozen other
bodybuilding-based nutrition books, you’ll still benefit from
this rare, fresh, new, and honest perspective.
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