Dining out in Houston or Denver? Why smaller portions aren’t always better

Small platters can still be calorie laden. Consult our anti-aging doctors for more information.

While it's well-known that one of the best ways to keep track of your calorie-consumption is to prepare most – if not all – of your meals at home, not everyone has the time to do so. And, when it comes to special occasions like a birthday or anniversary, sometimes you simply want to indulge by heading to your favorite restaurant.

As important as a regimented diet and exercise routine are for long-term aging longevity, treating yourself on occasion can also be a part of staying happy and fulfilled as you grow older.

If you've been watching your weight for a while, or have noticed that your metabolism has changed due to a drop in hormones, you know to steer clear of anything fat-laden or deep-fried. Recently, though, Health.com highlighted some other calorie-traps that unsuspecting diners may fall victim to.

For example, the source warns that small dishes – like the offerings at your favorite Tapas bar – can pack a surprising punch. Nutritionist Keri Gans told the source that many Spanish and Mediterranean dishes went through a calorific makeover when they transitioned to American restaurants, and added that, in many cases, "people don't feel full because they're not sitting down to an actual meal."

This doesn't mean that you should forgo your favorite meals, or opt for giant servings instead. Rather, it just serves as a reminder that you will probably be consuming more than you think, and should adjust your calorie calculations accordingly.

At Longevity Centres of America, we are dedicated to helping our clients stay happy and healthy over the years. As a part of our commitment to your aging longevity, we also provide services like hormone replacement therapy, colonics and medical weight loss in Houston and Denver.