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Summer Blockbuster Question: Hack my popcorn "cheat"

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 05, 2012 at 12:26 PM

There have been a few threads about cheats and popcorn, but I am curious about the 'best' way to do it. Not so much about alternatives, or the psychology of cheat days.

One of my pleasures when going to the movies is popcorn. I know it is bad for me. I could do something better. I know, I know. Don't care. Movies on the big screen and popcorn are-- to me-- inseparable.

So, on those days where I know I am going to do this, which of the following would be the best approach?

  1. Pretty much fast that day, isolating the metabolic impact
  2. Do some heavy exercise beforehand to blow out my glycogen, so at least some of that popped corn does something useful
  3. Eat a fair amount of meat beforehand so there's some healthy saturated fat to mop it all up
  4. Some combination of the above three
  5. Something else entirely

From a goals perspective: I am still trying to lose weight. I am not obese, but could still stand to lose 30 more pounds. Also, popcorn does mess with my digestion. My old friend acid reflux tends to come back if I eat that popcorn at night. I can live with this if I have to, but it would be nice if it didn't happen.

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on June 06, 2012
at 02:11 AM

I have been Paleo fo 5 months now, comfortably in the swing, and not everything everyone told me has turned out to be important to me. I just am never going to be a coconut oil gal, for example. Certainly never straight off a spoon or in my coffee. And when I do eat something that is not Paleo, I just make sure it is just the way I love it, and just something I want to do. So - pistachio ice cream, but only from one particular hand-made place. Pizza? Only if it was the super thin-crust from one of only 3 pizzerias in NJ. And popcorn? Haven't had it yet, but I do sooooo know what you mean.

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on June 06, 2012
at 01:15 AM

+1 with what sherilynn said!

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on June 05, 2012
at 08:44 PM

I guess the biggest problem is it's pretty hard to put yourself in a calorie deficit big enough to account for a nice bucket of buttered movie-theater popcorn! I think I will roll with the exercise, too. But, in my case, *before* I chow down on it. Maybe a nice, modest bike ride with a hard sprint at the end.

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on June 05, 2012
at 08:32 PM

I say if you know it's bad for you, and it messes you up, and you still want to eat it - then just do it and don't fuss over the details of how to minimize that impact. There is no real way to minimize the impact of something that negatively impacts us. Just be okay with what happens until you're not!

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on June 05, 2012
at 07:48 PM

I make it with EVOO. It tastes delicious.

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:54 PM

why the lecture?

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:53 PM

I make popcorn with coconut oil (like the old movie theater popcorn!) and drown it with more coconut oil and butter :)

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:40 PM

I love popcorn and make it with ghee/clarified butter and then add melted Kerrigold butter, salt and a little cayenne pepper and watch movies on television. I try to keep it to once a month, however because it does screw up my digestion for a few days.

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on June 05, 2012
at 01:52 PM

I agree, popcorn and movies are things that go together. I use to eat popcorn with melted cheese on it for meals, now it kills me. I stopped going to the movies because I can't Not have popcorn! Now when i smell it I just breath deeply and enjoy the smell, but not the same.

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on June 05, 2012
at 01:32 PM

And, as I said James, I am aware of that.

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on June 05, 2012
at 01:19 PM

Consider switching to high oleic safflower oil or coconut oil -- delicious.

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Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

on June 05, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Popcorn has been so hard to give up. I had some at a movie a while ago, and I did a calorie deficit and followed it with a long walk. Was it optimal? Probably not, but the point is to make overall beneficial changes, not torment ourselves.

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on June 05, 2012
at 08:44 PM

I guess the biggest problem is it's pretty hard to put yourself in a calorie deficit big enough to account for a nice bucket of buttered movie-theater popcorn! I think I will roll with the exercise, too. But, in my case, *before* I chow down on it. Maybe a nice, modest bike ride with a hard sprint at the end.

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on June 05, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Aside from what you mentioned...

Enjoy it, every bite, and rid yourself of any negative feelings about eating it before you do.

If you're going to eat something for the pleasure of eating it, regardless of if it's bad, make sure to not have lingering negative feeling or worries when you do.

Being worried and obsessed when I eat hampers digestion to a great extent. Stress turns any food into a poison mess.

Just my advice.

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on June 05, 2012
at 07:32 PM

Corn isn't paleo but it's not a gluten grain and I don't think it's that bad once in a while -- it's a whole food. As non-paleo snacks go I think it's pretty innocuous. The Omega 6 load is the worst thing. And being mostly air it's not really as high in carbs as you might imagine. I wouldn't do anything different with your diet for the rest of the day except keep it cleanish and really avoid Omega 6. But what scares me about commercial popcorn is not the corn but the god-knows-what-oil it's cooked in, to say nothing of any topping. I make a modest serving of popcorn popped in coconut oil at home once in a while and enjoy it. I'd make that at home and smuggle it into the movie with me in a baggie if I wanted to eat it there (and yes, I've done so -- even before Paleo I never bought snacks at movies; I refuse to pay those ridiculous inflated prices among other things).

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on June 05, 2012
at 06:51 PM

I have this problem with corn chips. I just can't totally give them up, when I am at a mexican restaurant or at a party.

I haven't tried this recipe, but maybe it will help with your cravings. Maybe melt some ghee and add salt to it. For some reason Ghee to me tastes like popcorn butter.

Cauliflower popcorn recipe

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on June 05, 2012
at 12:31 PM

I eat popcorn with my husband on my days off when I'm extremely active. Otherwise, it's not an everyday thing for me. I would go with the heavy exercise because it's what I'd do LOL. Then again, I don't go to movies and won't eat movie popcorn. My husband makes organic popcorn with canola oil and in the large looming scope of life, I think that's ok.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:53 PM

I make popcorn with coconut oil (like the old movie theater popcorn!) and drown it with more coconut oil and butter :)

0e395acc856e3353f3f5892e6b09b0e7

(1227)

on June 05, 2012
at 02:40 PM

I love popcorn and make it with ghee/clarified butter and then add melted Kerrigold butter, salt and a little cayenne pepper and watch movies on television. I try to keep it to once a month, however because it does screw up my digestion for a few days.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on June 05, 2012
at 01:19 PM

Consider switching to high oleic safflower oil or coconut oil -- delicious.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on June 05, 2012
at 07:48 PM

I make it with EVOO. It tastes delicious.

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9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on June 05, 2012
at 12:36 PM

I feel the same way about movies and popcorn. Fortunately I don't get ill effects from it.

To add to your list, I'd have a calorie deficit for the day. When you're in calorie surplus, dietary fat gets stored (more easily) as fat, but if you're in a deficit it's much less likely to happen AFAIK. People with actual research and citations do chime in if that's incorrect.

I think you're overreacting, though. There are a lot of calories in popcorn, especially if it's buttered. But other than that, popcorn is pretty benign compared to much of the crap that's out there, especially at the movie concession stand.

Incidentally I'm done with my cut today (lost 25kg in the last 70 weeks), and I'll be celebrating with XXL bucket of popcorn :)

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on July 26, 2013
at 01:46 PM

I do the same. I'm LC/VLC during the week, but HAVE to see a movie every Saturday night, and HAVE to have my large tub of unbuttered popcorn and Diet Coke (that's the only time I drink it). Sunday I'm right back to VLC. And I believe the large tub still only has under 100g carbs (around 96g or so), so it falls into Sisson's 50-150g for maintenance/loss. So, I say, "crunch on".

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on June 05, 2012
at 11:39 PM

First, enjoy it as long as you still eat it.

But ... this might sound a little out there at first... consider a paradigm shift in what going to the movies is all about. I really think there's a deep cognitive-behavior connection that theaters and amusement parks masterfully exploit: If I think of what's up on screen as cheap forgettable entertainment with no investment of the soul from my end, then so too what goes in the mouth. It's like it hits the same "reward pathway". I'm not saying this is necessarily how you think of movies, but it is a common and influential way to think of the movie going experience. It certainly isn't like going to an art exhibit.

But another camp would say that movies can actually be some of the most profound shared experiences, at best they are our modern literature. They can be ways to reach deep in the soul and give us new insights. Because they're not ad-driven TV, visionaries can take the time to construct richer narrative experiences for us to swim in.

I try to think that time is precious, even my downtime, so that sort of deeper shared experience is what I seek out when I plan to spend $ for 2 hours of my life. Even try to find some redeeming value in the not-so-well-done ones. Think about what movies are good for. I'll probably get downvoted for sounding pretentious, but try to avoid too many of the ones that tend to be engineered for predictable responses, and quickly forgotten substance-wise, once you exit the theater. I find that the more I think about film and watch myself as a watcher, more of my being is involved, I don't want to snack on junk for the quick reward; even going in fasted can be preferabl(coffee doesn't hurt either!). I want to leverage the mental focus and to be open to the vision as much as possible. At its best movies are our own cultural storytelling circles that can draws deep from the shared experiences if done right. Looked at in that way, mouth candy doesn't really fit the situation.

just some thoughts

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on June 05, 2012
at 01:23 PM

paleo is NOT about calories, it is about healthy food... last i checked, corn of any sort, was not healthy!

just saying

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on June 05, 2012
at 01:32 PM

And, as I said James, I am aware of that.

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:54 PM

why the lecture?

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on June 06, 2012
at 02:11 AM

I have been Paleo fo 5 months now, comfortably in the swing, and not everything everyone told me has turned out to be important to me. I just am never going to be a coconut oil gal, for example. Certainly never straight off a spoon or in my coffee. And when I do eat something that is not Paleo, I just make sure it is just the way I love it, and just something I want to do. So - pistachio ice cream, but only from one particular hand-made place. Pizza? Only if it was the super thin-crust from one of only 3 pizzerias in NJ. And popcorn? Haven't had it yet, but I do sooooo know what you mean.

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