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“Why can’t I lose weight no matter what I do?” Long story short: your body doesn’t want you to. We’re exploring five secrets that explain why your body resists weight loss and what you can do to conquer it once and for all. Spoiler alert: it includes scheduling a consultation with New York Bariatric Group to learn more about the gastric sleeve, lap band, gastric balloon, and more weight-loss surgery solutions


Fat cells are, by nature, a safety net to keep you alive. Think of it this way: if your phone could sustain a 100% charge 24/7, wouldn’t that give you peace of mind? Your body operates by the same principle; it stores energy (aka excess weight) in case of an emergency. We evolved this way to survive in times of famine. An obesity researcher explains, “‘…the human genome is very enriched with genes that favor the storage of extra calories as fat, and very poorly endowed with genes that favor the preservation of leanness, even though we would love to have those genes right now.’”


How does your body store energy in response to sudden calorie deprivation? Your metabolism slows down to maintain its weight. As discussed above, this process is a product of evolution and survival instinct. Healthline explains, “‘When your body goes into starvation mode, your metabolism will slow down to help you conserve energy, and your body will hang on to more fat.’” When regular eating resumes and the appetite hormones are no longer suppressed, hunger increases, but metabolism remains slow, which results in fast weight gain.


Stress is the enemy of weight loss. From under-eating to over-exercising, the stress response is surprisingly easy to trigger. Psychology of Eating explains, “When we are stressed, we produce high levels of cortisol and adrenaline. These stress hormones cause our bodies to slow down the rate at which we burn calories. Stress hinders metabolism!” As we explained in our 3 Secrets of the Diet Industry blog, cortisol compensates for lack of food by breaking down your muscle tissue. Being kind to yourself also matters—a lot. Criticizing your body is just another way to trigger a stress response. Shift your inner dialogue to be thankful for your body. The team at NYBG will support you every step of the way as you explore the best next steps for your weight-loss journey.


The hormones known as leptin and ghrelin play a primary role in preventing weight loss. Leptin, produced by fat cells, tells your brain when you’re full. When you lose weight, leptin reduces, appetite increases, and metabolism slows. Ghrelin is known as the hunger hormone. Our gastric sleeve results are so positive since we remove the portion of your stomach that produces this hormone. Our patients have found that hunger levels drop, and the stomach continues to function normally. New York Bariatric Group is proud to be among the first and only surgeons in the area to offer virtually scarless single incision sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve surgery. 


Bariatric surgery is a safe, effective long-term weight-loss solution that has helped thousands of people lead happier, healthier lives. Many studies have shown that patients maintain 50% to 70% loss of excess weight 10+ years after bariatric surgery. Those numbers are especially significant when you discover that individuals who had initial success with commercial diets gained at least half the weight back within just two years. 

Whether you are interested in the gastric sleeve, lap band, gastric balloon, or other weight-loss surgery options, NYBG has a team of brilliant, enthusiastic professionals who are here to help you embark on this journey. Schedule a consultation today.


When it’s time to start a successful weight-loss journey, it’s time to call NYBG! We’re the best practice around, and our numbers prove it:

  • 20 skilled surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, 1 Plastic Surgeon, and 13 PA’s
  • 18,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
  • The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
  • Access to online seminars, support groups, cooking demos, and Q&A sessions
  • 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
  • Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
  • Since 2000, we boast over 20 years of success!

Our commitment to patient success and excellence has earned us accreditation from the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This prestigious achievement recognizes only the top bariatric practices. Stop waiting; start achieving better health today. Together, we’ve got this!

New York Bariatric Group is implementing and enforcing strict guidelines by the Center of Disease Control and the Department of Health to keep our staff and patients safe.

We offer in-person and virtual consultations to ensure that everyone can get the information and care they deserve without feeling pressure to leave their home.







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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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