How to Identify the "Slider Foods" in Your Life Post-WLS

Article By: Whittany Gibson, RDN

Whittany is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in bariatric nutrition counseling, and owner of Level Up Bariatrics, LLC, a bariatric lifestyle coaching program that provides pre and post-op support for weight loss surgery patients. Learn more on Instagram (@level_up_bariatrics).

You’ve likely heard of them... They have a bad rap. You might fear them since they can cause you to go down a slippery slope with poor choices and result in the all-too-often feared weight regain. We’re talking slider foods! On this new journey, it's important to be aware of certain types of foods that can hinder your progress. In this blog post, we will discuss slider foods, how to identify them, and how to stay on track with your weight loss goals after WLS.

1) What are slider foods? Slider foods are typically low in nutrients and high in calories, sugar, and fat. The body easily digests these foods, and they can slide through your new stomach pouch without providing much satiety. Some common examples of slider foods include chips, crackers, cookies, candy, ice cream, soda, and other processed snacks. These foods can be tempting due to their convenience and taste but can sabotage your weight loss efforts if consumed regularly.

2) How to spot a slider food. It's essential to pay attention to how these foods make you feel physically and emotionally. Do you find yourself feeling hungry shortly after eating these foods? Are you experiencing cravings for more unhealthy snacks? If so, these may be signs that you're consuming slider foods. If you take a look at the nutrition facts, these will be foods that don’t have more than a few grams of protein, fiber, or healthy fats. Oftentimes, they’ll be full of empty carbs (carbs with very little to no fiber).

3) Avoid the slider food trap — here's what to do. The key is planning ahead and being mindful of your food choices. Stock up on nutrient-dense whole foods such as lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats. Prepare meals in advance so you always have healthy options available when hunger strikes. Opt for high-protein snacks like Greek yogurt with fruit or a low-sugar trail mix to keep you satisfied between meals. And most importantly, listen to your body's hunger cues and eat mindfully without distractions. This means paying attention to hunger and fullness signals and being aware of emotional triggers that may lead to overeating. Remember that food is fuel for your body, not a source of comfort or punishment.

As you navigate the world of post-WLS nutrition, it’s important not to be too hard on yourself if you slip up occasionally with slider foods. We're all human, and setbacks are a natural part of any journey. Instead, focus on your progress so far and use it as motivation to continue making positive choices.

BariMelts provides general recommendations, not to be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor.

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