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I used TF for weight loss a few years ago and lost about 5kg. The shakes were convenientand quick to shake and go.I still occasionally get some shakes (my favorites are French vanilla or wild berry) for breakfast when I can't be bothered making toast or muesli. I didn't really like the soups at all so just had shakes. The bars were OK for something different or to keep in my bag.
I didn't really use all the supplements but took a centrum multivitamin a day.
The recipes in the cook books are delicious and the forums also have some good recipes on there.
Staff were always friendly and not pushy.
I stopped the program as I realized that having shakes so much wasn't really teaching me anything about healthy eating.
I would like to say that i have used Tony Ferguson weight loss programm and i was not happy with it. There was not much consultation and guidance involved.They do take your initial weight and weight on subsequent visits and thats it. They mainly sell their products shakes, soups, bars and many more to choose from.They don't ask you to eat real food.
When you check the ingredient list , some of the ingredients are there which i don't know about.
I really don't want to loose weight using bars ,shakes etc as that weight loss will be a temporary one as i can not live on bars, shakes, vitamins for the rest of my life. I need real food. Thats why i am not happy with the programm.
Frankly speaking this programm will not teach you anything regarding your diet - what should you eat, how much you should eat, no portion control, how eating healthy food can keep our weight low etc. So its just my opinion that i don't like this programm as i wanted something that i can follow through out my rest of the life and can maintain my weight and lead a healthy life for me and my family.
I'm a total fangirl. Love TF. I did it for 10 months pre-baby and lost nearly 30 kg. I did it again post baby for over 12 months, and lost close to 40kg.
It IS a hard diet to follow if you don't have a lot of willpower. I'm stubborn, so I managed to stick to it for longer than the average person. You have stuff ups every now and then, but you'll have that with any diet, not to mention there are far more options now than when I signed up the first time.
It's no longer a focus so much on low carb (because of all the bad press and people confusing ketosis with ketoacidosis... Two different things but most people don't bother to find out the difference) and more low calorie. They do still recommend that you avoid carbs but honest I don't think it's a huge thing the way it used to be. You can opt to have a sandwich once a week, or pizza. It's far more permissive than it used to be.
I found the shakes convenient and tasty, the bars were great for when I was on the go, and the soups were ok but not brilliant. The pre-prepared meals tasted great but were a bit exxy. All in all, the price was pretty good given that you have a lot more choice for flavours than cheaper versions like the Aldi one or buying a bucket of one flavor like optifast.
It can be difficult if you live in a carb-manic house, but it's like any diet system. If you really REALLY want to loose it, you'll stick to it. I think most diets work, it's the dieters that don't. I've failed at TF myself at times (had a few months where I just couldn't do it) and then got back on it because I KNEW it worked. It was just me that wasn't working!
I went on this diet just before i fell pregnant with my first baby and lost 10kg in just over 8 weeks. Fantastic. Coupled with exercise i found this the most effective way to loose weight.
The shakes are a bit hit and miss with the flavours, so i'd suggest sticking to the flavours that are usually coupled with milk normally, like chocolate, espresso, etc. The other's are too sweet for me.
I'm back on the diet now after finishing breast feeding (it's not suitbale whilst doing so) and have lost over 5kg in the first 4 weeks. This time around i have found it a bit more difficult not to "cheat" as i had a good old time over christmas and during my pregnancy. I have found that my body works better without loads of bread, rice pasta and potatoes.
It is a little difficult in the first weeks, but so long as you keep up a good amount of exercise, the weight just drops off. Again i say the key is to keep exercising. I dont miss the cakes too much, but risotto i miss so after the first 10 weeks i'll go on to the maintenance program and indulge every now and then, whilst still exercising.
Great for the motivation when you see the kg dropping off!!! Shops here i come! :)
I went on this after the birth of my first child. I lost 25 kgs on this diet in just under 12 weeks.
The first few days are hell because your body is so used to having carbs so it craves them but after the first few days it eases up.
Its a good diet if u want a quick weight loss. I lost 7kgs the first week, u always lose lots in the first couple of weeks then i found it slowed down to 2-3kgs a week after for me. would not recomend it for long term though
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