Lose extra pounds with New Image Weight Loss Clinic, Inc.

By Lesley Jenkins
Star Staff

New Image Weight Loss Clinic, Inc. is embracing the spring season by increasing its customer base and expanding its centers into Mountain City.
   Connie Hicks-Holley opened the first location in 1995 in Elizabethton, but quickly relocated to Johnson City, to accommodate its growing customer base. Another location was centralized in Mountain City for customers from North Carolina and other areas. Both locations continue to bring in new customers weekly. The Johnson City clinic accepts an average of 50 new clients per week and has nearly 2,000 active clients and 5,000 inactive, or clients who have reached the goal weight and are on a maintenance routine.
   Customers are given many choices to decide from to lose weight. Medication, vitamins, diet changes, and weekly counseling with qualified medical professionals are all part of the weight loss system at New Image Weight Loss Clinic, Inc.
   An appetite suppressant, Phentermine, is used by many customers to aid in the weight loss battle. To be eligible to use the medication, the client must have a Body Mass Index of 30 percent or greater, or a BMI of 27 percent or greater with at least one comorbidfy factor and must see the physician or licensed nurse on staff.
   Federal and State guidelines require that the client have an average weight loss of 1 pound per week to continue with the program each month.
   Hicks-Holley said her clients see an average of 2 to 5 pounds weight loss per week with the medication being combined with the diet plan, the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise, and vitamin supplements.
   "A lot of it depends on how well they are sticking with the diet and if they started the exercise program that we recommend, like getting into some kind of walking routine or some kind of exercise program. As they lose weight and feel better they have more energy. They will tend to pick up something like that," Hicks-Holley said.
   Her customers range from 150 pounds to 450 pounds, men and women. New clients can call and ask questions about the program before making the decision to be evaluated in person. New clients will fill out a medical history form to make sure current medications don't counter act.
   "Then one of the counselors will take them back to get their weight and height, and take their blood pressure. If everything is good with that we will get their measurements. Then we go over the diet. It can be a 1,000, a 1,200, or a 1,500 calorie diet. We will determine at that time which one they want to follow."
   A sample from the 1,000 calorie diet is a slice of whole wheat bread, a cup of non-fat yogurt, and a small apple for breakfast, and a choice of meat, choice of fruit, plus a baked potato or a 1/2 cup of spaghetti noodles for lunch. A dinner menu can be a 3-ounce piece of chicken, a cup of cooked vegetables, one cup lettuce, 1/2 cup brown rice, and 2 teaspoons of low-fat salad dressing. Many more options are available on the menu for healthy, yet satisfying meals each day.
   New Image Weight Loss has many items for sale at the two locations for protein supplements, soups, and low carbohydrate snacks.
   Hicks-Holley claims clients have a 95 percent success rate reaching his/her target weight.
   A great recipe for success is to have an outside source of encouragement like a partner or family to go through the program as well. Many of her clients come in teams of mother and daughter, husband and wife, sisters, and even co-workers.
   Plans for the future include expanding into more offices around the Tri-Cities and North Carolina. She also hopes to make the Johnson City location into a full service salon with massage therapy, tanning beds, and a beauty salon. They already offer manicures, pedicures, and sculpts, wraps, and acrylic work at Sara's Nail Fetish.
   To schedule an appointment for Sara's Nail Fetish, call (423) 647-3544, located inside the Johnson City clinic, 600 North State of Franklin, Suite 5.