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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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 little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with peop