By Heather Listhartke

Despite our body’s natural response to slow down our metabolism during the winter, it happens to be the most popular time of the year for many of us to think about losing weight. Sometimes we do it in order to get fit for the spring and summer months where we can enjoy the beach, and sometimes we do it in order to get ready for important events in our lives. Be it a new year’s resolution or simply a desire to retake back your life, weight loss is part of the winter tradition. Here are five weight loss techniques that work.

Phentermine has been used for weight loss for a while and continues to be used short term. It works by stimulating the metabolism and suppressing the desire for food. As someone who has taken it, I had a ton more energy, reduced my calorie intake by 1/3, and lost weight at a steady pace. Is it a miracle drug that made me lose 30 lbs in 30 days? No, but it was a miracle drug that let me actually lose weight. Phentermine is a stimulant and, therefore, monitored very closely. You must have a prescription every single time. Also because of the potential effects of the medication, it must be monitored carefully to make sure there are no drug interactions or serious side effects. Patients with an allergy to this medication, with heart disease, blood pressure, glaucoma, or drug abuse history problems are not candidates for this weight control option. However, combined with exercise and a nutrition plan, the drug works well for weight loss both by giving you the tools needed to make lifestyle changes and to give the results many want.

Laser Technology:
Lasers are at the top of the medical technology and have been for years. When we think of lasers, we think of them as being invasive, but in this case, the laser actually aids weight loss by targeting fat cells below the skin and causes them to give up water, fatty acids, and glycerol. The stimulation works over a period of 20-30 minutes without any pain and minimal risk. Recovery time is short, and the patient loses inches. It can also target areas where fat is stored and can be used for body contouring. The lipolaser reduces fat and stretch marks, shrinks skin, and reduces cellulite which in turn can lead to lost inches, muffin tops, and double chins. It’s important however that you stay hydrated during the process.

Vitamin B-12:
Vitamin B-12 has long been held in high regard for increasing energy. B-12 also is essential for proper digestion and absorption of foods and metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. It aids the body to maintain healthy nerve and red blood cells. DNA production actually needs the B-12 as well as metabolism and immune and nerve functions. All of these benefit the body in losing weight as with a higher metabolism you burn more calories and in turn store less fat. The extra energy also gives you a higher metabolism as well as a desire to be more active which also burns more calories. In combination with a healthy diet and exercise, B-12 injections can mean a huge difference in your body’s ability to lose weight.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin:
I’ve mentioned the benefits of hormone therapy before, but HCG therapy is one of the great ways to lose weight. It’s not only safe and comfortable, but it’s largely effective. The great thing about hormone therapy is that it doesn’t use stimulants, making it widely available unlike phentermine. The therapy works by increasing metabolism by burning fat principally in the lower abdomen, hips, thighs, and upper arms while healthy fat is unaffected. This leads to not only loss in pounds but also in inches without putting your overall health in jeopardy.

These injections work in the same way as B-12 injections, but are often combined with other things like choline, methione, and inositol all of which assist the liver by enhancing metabolism. These injections can be given on a weekly basis, and are designed by women with higher than 30% body fat and men with more than 20%. With a high accumulation of fat, metabolism slows and fat in the liver begins to grow. Fatty liver has become one of the most common diseases as obesity has continued to rise. This leads to cirrhosis of the liver as well as several other medical issues. The injections work by regulating hormones, preventing fat and bile from becoming trapped, balancing cholesterol, metabolizing fat, and filtering out harmful toxins. It also can increase energy levels.

These procedures are available at Premier Age Management and Weight Loss Center. Call Premier Age Management today at 615-649-9600, visit them in Brentwood at 229 Ward Circle, Suite A-23 and in Hendersonville at 115 Hazel Path #1. Learn more about their services at