Your body is like an internal combustion engine, the kind of engine that’s found in your car. The engine runs on fuel–calories instead of gasoline–and it burns that fuel in limited amounts every day.
But, just like pressing the gas pedal on your car burns more fuel, you need to try to burn more calories every day in order to lose weight. So what if there was an easy way to turn up the heat in your body and burn more calories?
Well, that’s just what they promise. Read this Fat Burning Furnace review to see if it’s just hot air.
What is Fat Burning Furnace?
The subtitle of the Fat Burning Furnace ebook is:
How to get lean, strong, and health for like with the 15-Minute Miracle!
Right off the bat, the word miracle makes me skeptical as to the veracity of the book. However, I’m interested to see if it’s as effective as it claims for burning fat. After all, if it helps you to turn up your metabolic rate and burn more calories naturally every day, it’s a weight loss tool you shouldn’t turn down!
The Mind Behind the Fat Burning Furnace: Rob Poulos
A quick Google search led me to Rob Poulos’ website, where the following information was posted clearly on his “About” page:
Rob Poulos has spent the last few years helping those who are tired of trying to stick with restrictive dieting and hours and hours of boring exercise in an effort to lose weight and be healthy, and are ready for something different.
Rob’s own personal struggles created a great determination in him, ultimately resulting in the development of a quicker and simpler solution to achieving the kind of body and living the type of life he desired. Never interested in super-strict dieting regimens or time-consuming exercise routines, Rob began piecing together this unique approach to fat loss, fitness and lasting health.
There is no mention of any certifications or qualifications, so there’s nothing proving that he knows more than the average Joe does. It casts this entire program into doubt…
An in Depth Fat Burning Furnace Review
Cracking open the book, you immediately see the word “miracle” on the book subtitle. That alone gives me a healthy dose of skepticism as to whether the program actually works, but I’m going to reserve judgment until the end of the book.
Part 1: What Makes Your Furnace Tick?
The book starts out with a whimper rather than a bang. Instead of hooking the reader with interesting facts, the author starts out by using the “don’t you want what I have?” spiel. He says “Everyone wants to be healthy and fit”, and lists off a number of reasons why people would want that.
He goes on to detail his own personal journey towards fitness–without giving any details or providing credentials that back up the claims he makes in his book.
The first five pages of the book are total fluff, and we only hit the good stuff at page 15…
The Skinny on Your Body
In this section, the book examines the fat naturally found on the human body. EVERYONE has fat stored around their frame, and genetics decides where that fat will be stored in the highest quantities. Men have more fat around their guts, while women store fat around their hips, thighs, and butts. Women also have a higher body fat percentage than men do.
In order to get rid of the body fat we don’t want, says the book, we have to get rid of body fat overall, or lower our body fat percentage.
The book does warn against spot reducing–trying to lose fat in specific areas–which is ineffective and a waste of time.
It looks at the three body types:
- Endomorph — Rounded, thicker bodies with shorter arms and legs
- Mesomorph — Winners of the genetic lottery, naturally muscular and well-shaped.
- Ectomorph — Lean, tall, and with slim limbs.
It talks about what “Total Fitness” really is:
- Cardiovascular endurance, or the ability for your heart and lungs to keep pumping away as you exercise or work.
- Muscular strength and flexibility, really two different components of fitness. You cannot have muscular flexibility, but you are flexible while having muscular strength.
- Fat to muscle ratio, or your body fat percentage versus the amount of lean muscle on your frame.
The Fat Burning Furnace is supposed to be a 12-week program. Thankfully, the program is designed to accommodate a busy life–something that most hard-working professionals will be glad to hear!
Part 2: Creating the Spark
This is the part of the book where you get your workout program.
Before you continue, you need to understand that lifting weights (anaerobic exercise) is the best way to boost your metabolism and get that “furnace” burning. Strength training helps to increase lean muscle mass, which increases the number of calories you need to burn every day. It is the best way to speed up your metabolism.
From the benefits of strength training, we move on to the downsides of doing low intensity, steady state exercise for long periods of time–what most people affectionately term “cardio” during their workouts. We’re talking 30 to 60 minute-periods of walking, jogging, cycling slowly, or hitting the elliptical machine.
These steady state workouts are great for burning fat, but they tell your body that you need to keep fat for the next time you work out. It stops your body from burning fat, and instead forces it to burn the other only source of energy available: muscle cells. Too much of this exercise leads to muscle catabolism (breakdown), and eventually a decrease in muscle mass.
Ideally, you combine the two–strength training and cardio–for optimum effect, but let’s see what the Fat Burning Furnace workouts are all about…
High Intensity Fat Loss Solution
Ah, so it turns out that the workout plan used here is an HIIT workout program.
What is HIIT? High intensity interval training is a combination of low intensity and high intensity training. For example, jogging for 4 minutes and sprinting for 1 minute would be one cycle of HIIT, followed by a few more for up to 30 minutes of interval workouts.
Using HIIT workouts is a good way to increase your metabolism, as it combines cardio workouts with anaerobic training. Seeing as you are pushing your muscles to their max during that high intensity interval, no oxygenated blood can reach the muscles. This leads to the same effects caused by weight training: muscle building, fat breakdown, and excellent calorie-burning.
The Three Factors of Strength Training
Doing a proper workout means lifting weights until failure, using the right amount of weight and lifting at the right speed.
Volume and Frequency
How often you work out is important, as is the number of sets that you do per muscle group per workout. No details given here.
This is the same as adding more weight to your sets to increase the muscle burn.
Training with the Fat Burning Furnace Method
The program recommends a very odd type of workout:
- 2 to 3 seconds for lifting the weight (positive)
- 3 to 4 seconds for lowering the weight or returning it to its original position (negative)
If you’ve ever lifted weights, you know how exhausting it can be to go this slowly. The ebook recommends shooting for 8 to 10 reps per set, which means no less than a minute spent per exercise. Can your muscles support a heavy weight for a full minute while also being contracted? In my experience, they can not.
Now, on the flip side, the book only recommends one set of each exercise. It states that if the exercises are done properly and with control to 100% intensity, only one is necessary to do the job.
This sounds a bit fishy, and I’m skeptical to know if it works or not. In my studies to become a fitness trainer, I heard nothing about this type of exercise. It may be viable, but I’m not certain that it does the same as a regular workout.
It recommends fully body workouts–similar to circuit training–which can be effective for shredding muscle. Unfortunately, if you do a HIIT full body workout, you have to give your body at least 48 hours of rest before working out again–72 hours if you really go all out.
From there, we get into the more technical aspects of your workouts, such as:
- Compound vs single-joint exercises (bench presses vs tricep kickbacks)
- Free weights vs machines (free weights are usually better, but machines do offer some benefits)
- How to breathe properly (inhale on the negative, exhale on the positive)
- Why not to stretch/warm-up before working out (I call BULL****!)
- The best exercises for each muscle group (useful stuff in this section)
- How to work out at home as well as at the gym
- How to structure your workouts
- and more…
A lot of useful information in this chapter, but some of it is a bit hard to swallow.
Part 3: Fueling Your Fat Burning Furnace
This part of the book looks at what you need to eat and drink to keep that fat-burning furnace blazing high.
We start out with “Why Diets Don’t Work”, which looks at some of the more popular fad diets: the Grapefruit Diet, the Low Carb Diet, etc. The reason these diets don’t work: they slow down your metabolism! Plain and simple.
The book lays out an interesting concept: don’t worry so much about the fat, carbs, and protein in food, but look for as many vitamins and minerals as possible. For example, brown rice is higher in calories than white rice, but it’s loaded with healthy nutrients that make it the smarter choice.
According to the author, if you give your body these micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), it will work much better than if you tried so hard to balance out the various macronutrients.
I like the concept, and it’s a plausible one–but it might not work for everyone. Some people just need to limit their calories big-time, and focus on eating foods that promote a faster metabolism and foods that build muscle.
This section deals with the carbs, fats, and proteins that you SHOULD and SHOULD NOT be eating. We look at foods like:
- Simple sugars
- Complex carbs
- High fat proteins
- Lean proteins
- Unhealthy fats
- Healthy fats
It helps you to learn what you need to eat in order to be healthy, as well as to keep your fat burning furnace running on high output!
Part 4: Maximize Your Furnace
This section looks at concepts like:
- Use the mirror to evaluate how you look, not the scale.
- Sleep more and drink more water in order to boost your metabolism.
- Get rid of stress to keep your furnace running hot.
- Visualize your fat burning for optimum results.
Bonus: 7 Secrets of Permanent Fat Loss and Fitness
This is a bonus ebook that comes with the Fat Burning Furnace book. In it, you look at a few secrets that will help you to lose weight, burn fat, and, most importantly, keep it off.
These secrets include (Beware, spoilers ahead!):
- Focus on eating the right foods
- Work with a coach or mentor
- Invest in your health
- and more…
What We Think of the Fat Burning Furnace
I started out with a healthy dose of skepticism, and it has remained constant throughout my perusal of the book. It does contain a wealth of useful information, but I find that it just doesn’t offer the same value as some of the other programs I’ve reviewed here…
We’re Not Fond Of
There is a lot of useful information in the book, but it’s surrounded by unimportant facts and stories that make it an entertaining read–but one without the value it could have. The book could be trimmed to 75% of its length, and it would be much more authoritative.
No stretching/warming up before working out? That’s just one of the errors I found in the book, and there are a few tough-to-swallow concepts promoted in the book. It’s novel, but perhaps a bit too “out there” for real trainers to believe.
The Lack of Bona Fides
If the author is as experienced as he claims, where are his certifications? It’s not too hard to be certified as a fitness trainer or nutritionist, but the author didn’t even do that to back up his claims?
You get not just a good workout program, but a diet and lifestyle plan. The Fat Burning Furnace may not be 100% accurate in everything it says, but it helps you to be much more conscious about the way you work out and eat.
The Easygoing Tone
Aside from all of the fluff, the book is written for readers who are new to the world of fitness. It’s an easy read, if only there wasn’t so much unnecessary extra information.
It’s a novel approach to fitness and fat burning that I haven’t encountered in any of the other programs I’ve reviewed here on Health Ambition. It could very well work, but without the bona fides to back it up, it’s tough to know for certain.
Truth be told, the course did offer a good deal of value for your money. But, it was just too “out there” for me to firmly stand behind, so I can’t give it a top-star rating. It’s great for those who want to try something new, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work as well as it claims to! If it does work as well as it claims to, then it’s definitely worth your time! I hope you enjoyed this fat burning furnace review.
Final Verdict: 3 Stars