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Calories Don't Count On The Weekend

23 Apr 2016

So you've been good all week, you've put in the hours at the gym and you've said no to that second plate at dinner. Yes it's essential and great to look after yourself, but research suggests that treating yourself is important too. Here's why you shouldn't feel guilty about "me time" or that special little something. 


Amid paying bills and fulfilling everyday commitments, taking the time aside to reward yourself with a treat or a bit of relaxation is vital for a more balanced lifestyle. With a clearer state of mind comes the energy to approach life with positivity and perseverance. And of course, it's having those good times that help us get through the tougher ones.


When you completely deprive yourself, you're most likely to relapse, break your good eating habits or crash your overall diet. Research shows that balance is essential for successful long-term weight management. No one's saying that devouring a bag of M&Ms every night is going to help you lose weight or achieve a healthy lifestyle because disciple is very important, but to maintain that - so is moderation. A recent University of Minnesota study into the relationship between dieting and self-control shows that having dessert or a small quantity of unhealthier foods can actually assist dieters to develop greater self-control. The authors of this study concluded that "the secret to success is knowing when to monitor your eating". 


Speaking of moderation, you may not believe that something so heavenly-tasting is actually good for you, but lucky for us both…dark chocolate really is! When you eat dark chocolate with a high quality cocoa content (the best kind), you also consume various vitamins including copper, magnesium, iron, fibre and potassium. Researchers in Finland have found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke - by a staggering 17 per cent average in the group of men they tested. Dark chocolate is also packed with antioxidants and organic compounds and because of such active contents, it motivates greater hair growth and skin, reduced blood pressure, improved blood circulation, brain functionality and can even lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Now that's delicious!


If your everyday routine means all work and no play, then it's easier to feel the blues. By simply treating yourself with a small something, whether a piece of cheesecake or a massage, you'll provide yourself with the confidence boost you need to tackle your next task feeling refreshed and capable. As a result of such mood elevation, you'll attain increased productivity and improve your potential to keep sight of the bigger picture.

To enjoy the sweeter side in life, treat yourself at Dine Central , where you can indulge at retailers like Coffee Crowd and so much more - it's Adelaide's most luxurious food court, lower ground floor, Adelaide Central Plaza.