“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!

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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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Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a l