Our expert says:
I have seen ads on TV for the Tony Ferguson Weightloss Programme and must point out that the idea of using a low-fat, low-glycaemic index (GI) diet has been used successfully in SA for many years. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. You can contact The Glycemic Index Foundation of SA at: www.gifoundation.com to obtain more information, including books that explain the principles of the diet. If you combine this type of low-fat, low-GI diet with daily aerobic exercise then you should lose weight. It is not necessary to buy the jellies and other products that are on sale at pharmacies as part of the Tony Ferguson diet. Patients using warfarin should not use any vitamin supplements and herbal preparations that may contain Vitamins K and E (check on the labels). You should also avoid eating green leafy vegetables like spinach, cabbage, broccoli, turnip greens, marog and dark green lettuce to prevent excessive vit K intake. Chickpeas are also rich in vit K and need to be avoided. The richest sources of vitamin E are plant oils (sunflower, olive, canola, etc) and margarine. You should not have more than 3 teaspoons of plant oil or margarine a day until you complete the warfarin therapy. Wheat germ, which has a very high vitamin E content, should also be totally avoided until the dr gives the go-ahead again. So if you do follow the Tony Ferguson diet and if it should require the intake of any vitamin supplement, check that they do not contain any vitamin K or vitamin E. Also be careful of eating large quantities of the dark green leafy vegetables and ingesting more than the specified amount of vit E via plant oils.
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