Munching at the Movies
Cinematic treats are hard to resist, but with a medium popcorn-and-soda combo weighing in at 1,600 calories, you can do serious dietary damage at the concession stand.
Your Slim-Down Solution
BYO treats. We know, this sounds like the kind of advice your no-fun grandma would give you. But it's the surest way not to OD on calories at the multiplex, says Taub-Dix. The smartest choice is to pop a 100-calorie bag of popcorn at home and stash it in your purse. Didn't plan ahead? Try splitting a small non-buttered popcorn with a friend (225 calories and 6 grams of fat for half a bag). "If you're craving sweets, have a piece of gum or share some dark chocolate," says Taub-Dix. Or order a box of Sour Patch Kids. They make your mouth puckery, so you're less likely to overdo it.