Benefits of support groups during weight loss

Your weight-loss journey is a life-long pursuit of health. We’re here for you through thick and thin!

After bariatric surgery—gastric sleeve, gastric balloon, or any other procedure—find strength from others going through the same life-changing process at one of our many support groups. We offer both in-person and online support groups.

As you enter new stages of your bariatric journey, you may experience challenges. A support group enables you to voice these challenges in a safe space.

People who join the support groups are, like you, trying to achieve a healthy life and may have had the same bariatric procedure as you have, if not a similar one. Associating yourself with other health-conscious people can help you remain focused on your weight-loss goals.

If you think you’re alone in your struggles, you may be surprised to find that others are facing similar struggles. They may even have thoughts, insights, and coping strategies that will help you reach your goals. Talking about your achievements and setbacks may also help you feel appreciated and included, which can improve your chances of success.

Not only will there be others like you at these meetings, there will also be a trained bariatric professional who is qualified to address all your medical questions and concerns.

Ultimately, it’s your weight-loss journey, but support groups are an essential tool in understanding the bariatric process and successfully losing weight.

At these meetings, you’ll cover all sorts of nutritional topics with nutritionists—like Sharon George, RD at NYBG—including:

  • Planning your meals wisely
  • What foods you should buy
  • Building a healthy meal
  • Hydration
  • Incorporating healthy carbohydrates into your diet
  • Meal spacing
  • Holiday eating
  • Eating out
  • Recipes

You’ll also learn about behavioral topics with Clinical Health Psychologist Dr. Willo Wisotsky. “I discuss a strategy with a cognitive behavioral focus and integrate patient conversations and examples,” explained Dr. Wisotsky. She’ll give you the tools you need to succeed in your day-to-day life!

Check out all the resources we provide you with:

For information on the procedures we offer, including gastric sleeve, the Obalon Balloon Capsule, Obera gastric balloon, and Lap-Band, visit

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Benefits of support groups during weight loss


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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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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