Frequently Asked Questions
Do all stores offer consulting?
Some Terry White Chemmart Pharmacies still offer one consultation, you will need to contact the closest store to see if they have weight loss consultations, otherwise we have a free dietitian you can email questions to at email@example.com.
Can anyone buy Tony Ferguson products?
We recommend the weight loss program for men and women aged between 18-64 years old with a BMI over 24. Aging over 65 is generally accompanied by weight loss made up of both fat mass and fat-free mass. When you are older there are more health factors to consider if you need to lose weight. We advise that if you are over 65 years old, overweight and need to lose weight speak to your doctor first before starting a weight loss program.
Will taking Tony Ferguson shakes help me lose weight while going through Menopause?
Yes, taking Tony Ferguson shakes and following a calorie-controlled meal plan as set out on our website will help you to lose weight.
I'm feeling hungry, what can I do?
There are many different ways to beat your hunger through eating more vegetables, having the recommended fluid intake, eating daily serves of fruit and enjoying healthy fats. Look at the Tony Ferguson Shopping List to understand daily intakes and foods you can eat while on our meal plans.
Is it ok to skip breakfast every day?
It is okay to skip breakfast every day as long as you are getting enough nutrition in the rest of your meals across the day. Our advice is to listen to your hunger signals and ensure to eat something nutritious when hungry for your first meal of the day if you’re not a typical “breakfast” eater. Try not to skip breakfast and then fill up on less healthy options like coffee and a muffin mid-morning.
What are the benefits of starting the Tony Ferguson Program?
The Tony Ferguson Program has free support tools:
- Facebook Support Group
- Track your weight loss with our 28 day weight loss program with food diary
- Free recipes, meal plans and shopping list
- Free Dietitian support - send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Are Tony Ferguson Shakes gluten free?
The High Protein shakes, Rapid shakes and RTDs are gluten free. Classic shakes contain gluten.
Which of the shakes are FODMAP friendly?
Tony Ferguson shakes contain inulin (a type of fibre), which is a high FODMAP ingredient to be avoided on a strict low FODMAP diet. FODMAPS are different types of fermentable carbohydrates which is found in many foods and can cause gastrointestinal discomfort for those with IBS symptoms. Every person has a different tolerance to FODMAPs and undertaking a low FODMAP diet for 2-6 weeks until symptoms alleviate, and food challenges and reintroductions with dietitian assistance is recommended.
What is the difference between the Classic Shake and the High Protein Shake?
The Classic Shake is our original weight loss shake which is loved by many due to its great taste and variety of flavours. The new High Protein Shake is lower in sugar with less than 2.5g, and contains 28g of protein to help you feel fuller for longer. If you are exercising we advise that you choose the High Protein Shake.
What is the difference between a Tony Ferguson snack and a snack I can buy in the supermarket?
Tony Ferguson snacks have been designed to be the perfect portion size to help assist with weight loss and maintain a healthy weight. Some of the snacks also have the benefit of added fibre and protein to help keep you feeling fuller for longer.
What are the Australian Dietary Guidelines?
The Australian Dietary Guidelines are developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and are Australia's national nutrition guidelines; providing information on the types and amounts of food that we need to eat for good health. They are based on over 55,000 research papers from around the world and Australia to ensure the public receives the most up to date nutrition information. For more information visit: www.eatforhealth.gov.au
Do I have to exercise on the Tony Ferguson programs?
There are many health benefits of physical activity in addition to potentially speeding up and helping to maintain weight loss, so we encourage everyone on the Tony Ferguson Programs to move more and include as much physical activity in their day as possible.
Can I change any of the Tony Ferguson recipes?
The Tony Ferguson recipes are designed for our programs with a specific number of kilojoules and food groups per recipe that will fit into your meal plan. You can substitute foods within the same food groups as long as you stick with the number of serves and serve sizes, e.g. you could change 90g of beef to 150g of kidney beans - just use the food lists in your program guide to assist you.
If I use the Tony Ferguson meal plans and change to Gluten Free , will this increase calories?
There are certainly some differences between GF and regular products as wheat substitutes are used instead such as rice, chickpea, lentil or other flours. Whilst this does change the macronutrient composition slightly and varies between all alternative products, the meal plan will still work as it will still be calorie controlled within a range. Where possible, we recommend using a higher protein substitute, for example a lentil-based pasta instead of rice pasta.
Do I have to exercise alongside having the Tony Ferguson shake to maintain muscle?
It is highly recommend to continue exercising to maintain muscle mass whilst dieting if you are in a calorie deficit (a weight loss diet). This triggers a hormonal response which tells your body to hold onto the muscle mass as you are using it and therefore need to keep it, burning fat instead. For the product benefit of maintaining muscle, this is due to the high protein content of the product. If you are following a weight loss diet, you must have an increased intake of protein to retain muscle mass and burn fat instead of burning through muscle. Protein does not "pass through" the body if you don’t exercise, it goes to your muscles to provide necessary nutrients such as nitrogen, and any excess protein is broken down and used for energy. If you are following a weight loss diet and not exercising, you will still receive benefits of a high protein intake through the shakes.
Is there any evidence that doing a weight loss program helps you lose the weight and keep it off for good?
Certainly! Having support with weight loss provides lots of benefit and there’s plenty of research to back this up in group settings, community settings, and one on one support from dietitians / nutritionists / GP.
Our TF Dietitian recommends having community engagement like our TF Facebook support group or sending through questions to our dietitian on email@example.com where you can get the support you need. It is important to have regular check ins and is important to ensure you stay on track and encouraged on your weight loss journey. Try changing your lifestyle to a better, healthier way of life, bad habits for good habits.
I started the weight loss program and I’m getting headaches?
It’s normal to have headaches whilst your body adjusts to lower calories and burning the body fat for fuel. Stay with the plan and you should start to feel better as your body gets used to it. Try drinking more water or changing when you take the shakes and when you have food. If it is unbearable or continues for longer than expected I suggest consulting with your GP who can rule out any other causes.
Why am I getting diarrhea from shakes?
It may be possible there is an ingredient within the shakes which is causing you to be intolerant of them, resulting in gastrointestinal discomfort, or you may have a dairy intolerance. Tony Ferguson does have Dairy free shakes and you may need to switch to a Dairy Free weight loss shake. If symptoms persist, we recommend ceasing consumption of the shakes and speaking to your doctor.
Why do I have more gas and bloating when taking weight loss shakes?
It is normal to experience wind and flatulence and it is a sign of a healthy functioning bowel. However, if that wind leads to pain and discomfort, then we suggest seeing your GP for further advice. The soup contains FOMAPS and also has lactose in it and it has prebiotics in it (FOS, Inulin) which are both fermenting fibres which can cause bloating in those who are sensitive. There is only one product in the Tony Ferguson range that is plant based and Dairy free, and that is the RAPID Dairy Free chocolate shake.
Can Tony Ferguson shakes be used for intermittent fasting?
Our meal replacement shakes can be used as part of a fasting regime however, we recommend to use them as a meal replacement at an appropriate time depending on your intermittent fasting preference. For example, you can replace your breakfast meal with a shake. The shakes are approx. 204 calories so they are low calorie and contain enough protein and nutrition to replace a meal. This should be ideal for both time restricted eating, and for intermittent fasting.
Can I use these shakes while breastfeeding?
If you wish to lose weight while pregnant or breastfeeding you should consult your doctor first. If your calorie intake is too low, you could impact the baby’s health, as there are nutrients that the Baby needs.
If you are taking the shakes as additional calories, protein, fibre and Vitamin & supplements to maintain good health, we still advise you speak to your doctor first.
What if I have more questions?
If there are specific questions that you have that are not answered here, or you'd like more detailed answers, you can send your question to our Dietitian at firstname.lastname@example.org