Frequently Asked Questions 2017-01-13T12:00:43+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Some questions come up more often than others. Here are some of the most frequently asked ones, so you can find the answers you need quickly and easily.

If you’re still not able to find what you’re looking for, give our fully trained staff a call on 080 SLIMMER (080 754 6637), or come in and see us at a Dis-Chem Pharmacy.


How does the program help me lose weight?

Our program works by reducing your intake of kilojoules and carbohydrates. This helps your body to start using fat as the primary source of fuel, helping you to spend more time each day burning stored fat.

There is no calorie counting and no complex meal routines, just our straightforward Tony Ferguson Weightloss Program. It is designed so that you can lose weight safely and effectively.

No weight loss program works without support; so we have a team of dieticians, nutritionists, pharmacists and professionally-trained staff at the ready to answer your every query.

Can I snack on the program?

Yes, you can snack. You are allowed two pieces of low-GI fruit every day and a minimum of three cups of low-GI vegetables. You can also snack on our Tony Ferguson Diet Jelly and other allowed snacks. For advice on any other snack choices, please come in and see us.

What if I’m still hungry?

On the Tony Ferguson Weightloss Program there is no need to be hungry. If you are regularly hungry, or finding it difficult to stay on the program, you can simply add more protein (such as eggs or meat).

Tony Ferguson Fibre may also be of benefit, as it thickens the shakes and makes you fuller; it also aids digestion.

What is in the meal replacements?

Our meal replacements are 50% carbohydrate, 30% protein and 20% essential fats and nutrients. The Tony Ferguson meal replacements contain only food ingredients that are fortified with vitamins and minerals. They contain no additives or appetite suppressants.

What can I mix my shakes with?

You should only mix them with water. For a shake, add 200-250 ml of water. To make a shake into a delicious, creamy mousse, use 150 ml of water.

Why have I been experiencing headaches and dizziness while on the program?

In the early stages of the program these symptoms are very common. They may be related to caffeine withdrawal or the changes to your metabolism as your body begins to burn fat as an energy source. Symptoms should not last for more than two days. It will help if you drink two litres of water per day. If symptoms persist, see your doctor.

I’ve come down with a cold/flu, should I stay on the program?

Yes, but if you are feeling unwell talk to your Practitioner or call the call centre for more details on what to eat.

Do I need the Tony Ferguson Weightloss Book?

The Tony Ferguson Weightloss Book is an important part of the program and plays a major role in helping you achieve success. It explains things like: how your body manages weight and how our program is different from others. It also provides you with strategies to deal with tough days and all our allowed food lists.

Why should I take the Tony Ferguson Fibre supplement?

Tony Ferguson Fibre helps prevent constipation; a discomfort that may arise as a result of the program. Fibre also thickens your shakes, which can help with any hunger that you may feel when you first start the program. Be sure to drink plenty of water with your Tony Ferguson Fibre.

Why should I take the Tony Ferguson Multivitamin Mineral Complex?

Tony Ferguson Multivitamin Mineral Complex is specifically designed for our controlled-carbohydrate Program, so you won’t be missing any essential nutrients. It has no added yeast, wheat, lactose, gluten, salt or other common fillers, so it won’t hinder your weight loss progress. Chromium has also been added to help with hunger and cravings.

I have run out of products and can’t get to my Dis-Chem store, what can I eat?

While you wait for your next products, the following program is recommended in an emergency:

Breakfast
A two egg omelette OR two hard-boiled eggs OR a small tin of fish (tuna, sardines, salmon) OR a couple of slices of lean meat with a few slices of tomato.

Mid morning
One piece of fruit from the allowed fruit list.

Lunch
Either a tuna, salmon, egg or chicken portion (palm-sized protein portion or less) AND one cup of salad or vegetables OR one cup of soup made from the allowed vegetables list.

Mid afternoon
One piece of fruit from the allowed fruit list OR one serve (500 ml) of Tony Ferguson Diet Jelly.

Dinner
One palm-sized portion of protein from the allowed protein list AND the balance of allowed cups of vegetables not already eaten (total daily allowance is three cups).

After dinner
Tony Ferguson Diet Jelly OR, if not already eaten earlier, a piece of fruit from the allowed fruit list.

Water
At least two litres per day.

Why has my weight loss stalled?

There can be several reasons for stalled weight loss, but the main thing to remember is that it can be started again. Some reasons can be medical, others dietary, we will attend to your specific issues on an individual basis.

Remember: the closer you are to your ideal weight, the slower your weight change will be, so hang in there. See our Stalled Weight Change page for more information.

It is advisable to consult a doctor or healthcare professional for advice before starting a weight loss and/or exercise program.