- Don't look at the meal menu: Don't fall victim to all of the heavy deals and discount combos — supersizing your drink is not worth the sugar, and that unnecessarily large tub of popcorn will leave you in a food coma. Being able to chow down on nachos, hot dogs, and pizza is a relatively new concept in the movie theater world. There's no reason you shouldn't be able to enjoy a snack at the theater, but avoid the complete meals — most of them weigh in at over 1,000 calories.
- Rethink your popcorn: If you get to a theater early enough, lots of concession stands will pop some fresh popcorn for you without the extra salt. If this unfortunately isn't an option for you, at least say bye-bye to the buttery topping. Even if someone offers you a deal, just say no. Opt for a junior-sized popcorn that will leave you satisfied — no one needs a jumbo popcorn!
- Sayonara soda: We know that soda is just bad news. Bottled water is always available at the theater, or save some money and fill up your own bottle at home! I was also thrilled to see a coffee bar the last time I was at a movie theater. Grab an equally refreshing large iced coffee at just a sliver of the calories of a large soda.
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