Plateauing on Weight-Loss Drugs and Injectables

Hitting a weight-loss plateau while on weight-loss drugs and injectables can be frustrating. The initial excitement of shedding pounds can dwindle when suddenly the number on the scale becomes unmovable. But fear not, hitting a plateau is a common part of the weight-loss journey, and it's important to understand why it happens and how to navigate through it. While weight-loss drugs and injectables can be an effective short-term strategy, the long-term success and safety are still being researched and is unknown. It’s important to note that side effects such as nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, and dizziness have been reported with the use of weight-loss drugs and injectables.

What Causes a Plateau?

Plateauing with weight-loss drugs and injectables is caused by the body mounting a strong defense against further weight loss. This is called the set point theory. Most people stay
within a small body weight range (about 5 to 10 pounds) throughout their adult life. When you
try to eat fewer calories to lose weight, your metabolism slows down and you burn fewer
calories in an effort to hold onto that weight. When you diet, your hormones also tell your body
to eat so it doesn’t starve.

Working to Reverse a Plateau

At New York Bariatric Group, when patients have reached a plateau, the medical weight-loss team concentrates on optimizing the underlying treatment options such as physical activity, behavior modification, and nutrition intake. Once the basics have been addressed, the next step is the consideration of increasing the dose of the medicine, using an additional medication or completely stopping the current medication and switching to another medication.

Remember, plateaus are not roadblocks; they're opportunities for growth and adaptation. Embrace the chance to reassess, modify, and enhance your weight loss plan.

New York Bariatric Group: Weight Loss Leader

NYBG is the leader in comprehensive weight-loss solutions. We are a one-stop shop, offering long-term weight-loss surgery as well as medically-supervised weight loss such as medications and injectables. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to losing weight. At NYBG, we work with you to customize a weight-loss program that will work best for you. 

Weight-loss drugs and injectables have been shown to be an effective short-term strategy, but the long term effects and safety is still unknown. With our Medical Weight Loss Program the ongoing supervision allows doctors to make necessary adjustments to a patient’s treatment plan based on their progress and changes to their health. 

Weight-loss surgery is the only proven long-term weight-loss solution. With decades of research, patients have seen sustainable weight loss. We offer multiple weight-loss surgery procedures and our doctors will work with you to find the right option. 

Our practice is the best around: 

  • Over 30 surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, plastic surgery, veins, and medical weight loss.
  • 42,000 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-and-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
  • Offering in-person and virtual consultations
  • Since 2000, we boast over 23 years of success!

All of our hospitals are Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited facilities, which is a prestigious designation bestowed upon only the top-quality bariatric programs.

Stop waiting; start achieving better health today. Together, we’ve got this!

Back to Blog

Plateauing on Weight-Loss Drugs and Injectables


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.

Listen to Thomas’ testimonial


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