Diets Don’t Work Long-Term: Weight-loss Surgery Does 

Let’s set the record straight: dieting does not work for long-term, sustained weight loss. How many people have tried dieting, limiting calories and increasing physical activity just to find their weight plateauing and/or increasing again over time? Unsurprisingly, the answer is a lot of people. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that 80% of people living with obesity regain the weight they initially lost, if not more. Why is this the case? As it turns out, our bodies don’t want us to lose weight, and here’s why: 

Fat stores are a safety net 

NIH scientist Kevin Hall studied 14 contestants from the popular reality TV show, “The Biggest Loser,” finding that despite initial, impressive weight-loss, 13 of the 14 contestants, on average, regained 66% of the weight they’d lost, with 4 contestants ending up heavier than they were before the show. 

Reassuringly, there is a biological reason for this phenomenon. Your body wants to protect itself; as endocrinologist Dr. Bartolome Burguera explains, “Our bodies are designed to store excess energy in fat cells.” It makes sense when you think about it, would you rather be at 5% battery, or 120%? 

Starvation mode 

More often than not, fad diets involve starving the body, which does more harm than good. CDC research confirms that weight-loss is more complicated than the “calories in vs. calories out” dichotomy. In fact, when you deprive yourself of calories, your body decreases your metabolism in an effort to conserve energy—this means your body does not burn calories as efficiently. 

According to research involving contestants from “The Biggest Loser,” contestants’ metabolisms remained low even after they had regained their weight. What’s more, contestants burned approximately 700 less calories per day compared to their metabolic rates pre-”Biggest Loser.” 

It needs a personal touch 

Research from a 2015 study reported that individuals who eat the same meal will still have unique and varying blood-sugar levels. Similarly, two people could follow the exact same diet, and still end-up with different results. “Some people on a diet program lose 60 pounds and keep it off for two years, and other people follow the same program religiously, and they gain 5 pounds,” says Frank Sacks, a leading weight-loss researcher and professor of cardiovascular disease prevention at T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

Evidently, diets are not one-size fits all, and successful, sustained weight-loss is a highly individualized process. With so many causes of obesity, it makes sense that individuals need individualized approaches to lose weight for the long-term.  

To learn more about how you can benefit from bariatric surgery, check out the patient resources on our website, and schedule a consultation. Our offices are open, and our team of surgeons, dietitians, and psychologists will be there to support you every step of the way through your bariatric journey. 


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:

  • 21 skilled surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, 2 Plastic Surgeons, and 20 PA’s
  • 30,000 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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Diets Don’t Work Long-Term: Weight-loss Surgery Does 


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 people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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