Averting a Diet Disaster at the Movies

jersey-boysFrom Fooducate, a timely message about averting disaster at the movie concession stand.  Over the weekend, we went to see Jersey Boys, and these tips came in handy. Sister and I both brought healthier snacks of our own. If you go to the movies a lot, you’ll enjoy the information below. (I generally prefer to link to a post, but I wasn’t able to find a post of this message, which was sent via email. I give full credit to Fooducate for the article below.)

As for Jersey Boys, it was entertaining. I’ve seen the show on Broadway, and it presented the story in a more compelling way. But no matter where you see it, the music is great! 

Averting a Diet Disaster at the Movies

One of the great pleasures of summer is going to the movies and enjoying a Hollywood blockbuster with family and friends. For many of us, the experience isn’t complete without the munching and slurping that accompany the on-screen action.

Sadly, many of the concessions sold at movie theaters are nutrition minefields that can seriously derail your weight management plan. Besides the fact that almost all the foods and beverages offered are calorie-rich and nutrient-poor, portions are gargantuan. For example, a large popcorn can contain over 1200 calories and over a day’s worth of saturated fat!

The smallest soda is 32 fluid ounces, the equivalent of 4 cups. It has 26 teaspoons of sugar! That’s as much sugar as in 4 Snickers bars! It’s the same as filling half a cup with just sugar, adding water and drinking it!

Watching the movie with food in your hands and nowhere to go, you are assured to finish off whatever you bought, to the detriment of your waistline.

Here are some strategies to fight back:

  1. If you’re doing dinner and a movie, eat first. In fact, always come to the movies after eating. It will substantially decrease your temptation to buy anything besides the tickets.
  2. BYO (bring your own) snacks . If the theater won’t serve sliced fruit, nuts, or trail mix, why not bring your own? Note that some theaters do not allow you to bring your own food. It’s relatively easy to sneak things in, but there are ethical and moral ramifications here. Movie theaters rarely make money from selling tickets. It’s the ads and the concessions that keep them in business.
  3. Chew gum. A cheap and compact solution to keep your mouth busy for just 5 calories.
  4. Opt for the least unhealthy snacks. Most movie theaters today offer bottled water and some variation of a granola bar. There are some juice options too. While none of these are the healthiest brands, compared to the other options.
  5. If you’re intent on the classic cola-popcorn combo, choose the smallest portion available.


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