Going to the movies can be an enjoyable experience, but it can provide a host of temptations for anyone trying to lose weight or eat healthier. As soon as you walk in the door, you're hit with the smells and sights of delicious goodies--buttery popcorn, boxes of chocolates, cheesy nachos--the list goes on and on. So how do you enjoy the show without succumbing to the tempting treats? We recently asked SparkPeople's coaches how they handle--or avoid--movie theater temptations. Find out which of their strategies could work for you.|
Chris Downie, Author, motivation expert and SparkPeople founder
"We often have 'family night' with our boys where we eat a healthy dinner while watching a movie with the lights low or off and then have fairly healthy homemade popcorn."
Becky Hand, Registered and Licensed Dietitian
"My son and I share a unbuttered popcorn. I usually bring a bottle of water."
Nancy Howard, Certified running coach and SparkPeople Community moderator
"I make sure I eat before I go so I will not be tempted."
Tanya Jolliffe, Healthy eating expert and SparkPeople Community moderator
"I almost never get treats at the movies. My husband and I came from families of six, and our parents would feed us before we went to a movie because it was just too costly to purchase tickets and snacks for all. My husband and I have continued to follow this same practice and eat before we go to the movie so we don't need a snack."
Jen Mueller, Certified personal trainer and SparkPeople Community leader
"My husband and I pick a small serving of candy from the 'pick-a-mix' station. That way we can pick exactly what we wanted and control the portion. Otherwise I end up feeling sick after the movie because I ate a giant box of Milk Duds."
Nicole Nichols, Certified personal trainer and SparkPeople editor
"When I was overweight in the past, I looked for any excuse to eat more food and to eat all the wrong kinds of food. I'd tell myself, 'You can't watch a movie without candy!' and consume thousands of calories worth of sugar each time I popped in a video or went to the theater. I had to re-train myself as I learned to eat more intuitively and lose the weight. For a long time, I consciously chose to not eat movie snacks even though I wanted them. It paid off and now I don't always associate an outing like a movie with food, nor do I feel like it's a must or that I'm depriving myself if I don't get it. These days, I probably enjoy movie treats 1/3 to 1/2 the time I watch a movie at the theater. It all depends on my choices for the day and whether I TRULY want something. My love of Twizzlers runs deep, so they are my candy of choice. I don't like movie theater popcorn (never have) or soda, but I love candy and will usually get that when I'm in the mood for it--as long as I've made healthy choices that same day or the days prior. It's all about moderation!"