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The Toxic Mirror of Media: Ditch the Diet Pills and Choose Weight-Loss Surgery

“Mirror mirror on the wall, why don’t I look like them at all?” The media has a lot to say about our weight. All nonverbally, of course. Through magazines, social media, and TV shows, they’ve created the “perfect weight,” and the “perfect look” in order to lead a “perfect life.” These unrealistic parameters romanticize quick weight loss hacks like diet pills. It’s easy to swoon over the seemingly fast results, but don’t fall victim to their claims. The truth is, diet pills do a lot more harm than good.


The National Institute of Health has pointed to these one-pill-wonders as quite risky in reality. This may come as a surprise, but dietary supplements are not FDA-approved. In fact, the FDA “has received numerous reports of harm associated with the use of weight loss products, including increased blood pressure, heart palpitations (a pounding or racing heart), stroke, seizure, and death.” 

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health confirms that many “fat burners” and appetite suppressants haven’t been tested for safety. Don’t be fooled by a product that says “natural”. “Researchers have studied the weight loss potential of a variety of dietary supplements, including omega-3s and fish oil; chitosan, a dietary fiber from shellfish; green tea extracts; Chinese herbs; and bitter orange (Citrus aurantium). None have shown to be effective for weight loss, and each of these has side effects.

There is no magic bean with a pharmaceutical tag that can take the weight off in just one week (no matter how flashy the ad may look). What other secrets is the diet industry keeping from you? 


The good news is there’s a better option that can offer real results for real people in real time. Weight-loss surgery is a safer, smarter, sustainable weight-loss solution. 

At New York Bariatric Group, we go the extra mile to achieve long-lasting results for our patients. Unlike diet pills, NYBG provides a thorough, individualized plan for each person. Whether it’s the gastric sleeve, gastric balloon, or another procedure, we are committed to compassionate care that exceeds standards of the highest quality. We will support you every step of the way so that you can lead a long, healthy, and happy life. 

Stop comparing yourself to the TV screen and taking weight loss advice from snake oil salespeople. Talk to a real person at New York Bariatric Group about the real results that can change your life with weight-loss surgery.


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!

New York Bariatric Group is implementing and enforcing strict guidelines put out by the Center of Disease Control and the Department of Health in order to keep our staff and patients safe.

We are offering in-person and virtual consultations to ensure that everyone is able to get the information and care they deserve without feeling pressure to leave their home.

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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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