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Tony Ferguson vs. Optislim

author image Dale Koppel
Dale Koppel has been writing since 1987 and is author of "The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Online Dating." Her work has appeared in the "Boston Globe," "Miami Herald," "Los Angeles Times" and "Redbook." Koppel has a B.S. in journalism from Boston University, an M.A. in educational psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in curriculum/instruction from University of New Mexico.
Tony Ferguson vs. Optislim
Tony Ferguson and Optislim are Australian weight loss programs Photo Credit: Ngoc Minh Ngo/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

The Tony Ferguson Weightloss Program and the Optislim Weight Management Program are two programs headquartered in Australia. Australian pharmacist Tony Ferguson developed his eponymous meal replacement program with nutritionist Jan Tait. Optislim is also a meal replacement program. Both companies sell their own brand products, including shakes, soups and supplements that must be ordered as part of the weight loss program.

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Tony Ferguson Weightloss Program

The Tony Ferguson Weightloss Program is designed to be user-friendly because there is no calorie counting. Two meals are replaced with Tony Ferguson shakes or soups. The third meal is protein-based and consists of vegetables and meat or a meat alternative. Allowable snacks are fresh fruits and the Tony Ferguson sugar-free gelatin. Tony Ferguson supplements are also recommended. They include the Simply Balanced Multivitamin, Simply Balanced Fiber and Simply Balanced Chromium Plus.

Tony Ferguson in the United States

Tony Ferguson products can be ordered online and sent to the United States, subject to international postage rates. To order online, it is necessary to send an email with a list of requested products. The company sends a return email listing the cost in American dollars, including the postage. There is also online support and toll-free phone support.

Tony Ferguson Weightloss Program 866-518-0407

Optislim Weight Management Program

The Optislim Weight Management Program is a three-step meal replacement program. The first step is Accelerated Weight Loss, which involves replacing three meals with VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) shakes, soups and bars. The second step is Rapid Weight Loss, which involves replacing two meals with Life shakes or soups. The third step is Balanced Weight Loss, replacing one meal daily with a Life shake or soup. The shakes come in nine flavors. There are two soups. A fiber supplement is required. The Optislim fiber can be added to the shakes and soups. As of 2010, the Optislim Weight Management Program is not available in the United States.

Optislim product features

The Optislim soups and shakes contain the recommended daily requirements for vitamins, minerals, trace elements, fatty acids and protein. Optislim also sells a product line of five HealthyOption meals for people who don't want to cook. These include beef stroganoff, chili con carne and lamb and rosemary. All the HealthyOption meals are gluten-free but not suitable for vegetarians.


Before you start a weight loss program, consult your doctor. If you are under a physician's care for any medical reason, it is essential that you remain under the doctor's care while you are on the weight loss program. Engage in daily physical activity while you are on the weight loss program. However, if you have not been exercising before the program, begin slowly and build up gradually.

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