Spice Up Your Food for Weight Loss

Spice Up Your Food

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If you haven’t already done it, it’s time to spice up your food.  I fought this advice for a while.  After all, I like spicy and full flavors.  As a result, I figured that if I made food more appealing that way, I’d only end up eating more of it.  Since I’ve been hoping to reduce my calorie intake, not increase it, I aimed for options with less zing.

Spice Up Your Food for Surprising Benefits

As it turns out, I was wrong.  When you spice up your food, you can actually give yourself a weight management advantage.  It makes a difference in the way you experience your meals and snacks.  This isn’t just something I’m saying.  It’s actually backed up by research.  And, in my experience, it works.

This doesn’t mean that you need to suddenly start throwing the hottest peppers you can find into your meals.  The research doesn’t suggest that the spicier your foods are, the better they are for weight loss.  Instead, it’s just a matter of having a spiciness level that you enjoy and to eat meals and snacks full of flavor.

Spicy Foods Don’t Automatically Lead to Weight Loss…But They Can Help!

Although eating spicy foods doesn’t necessarily mean that you will lose weight, if you are already reducing your caloric intake and exercising every day, then you can give your efforts a little bit of a boost by heating up your flavors.

It has long been believed that consuming spicy foods can help to increase a dieter’s metabolic rate, but it is only more recently that scientists have started to understand exactly how to take advantage of this knowledge to be able to increase the ability to lose weight quickly. There are two main factors at play.  The first is that more flavorful foods are more satisfying and therefore cause you to be less inclined to eat more in order to feel that you’ve had enough. The second is the body’s physiological response to the natural chemicals in chilis.

How Does Your Body React to Spicy Foods?

Overall, the concept is as follows: the primary element behind the heat in the taste of chili peppers is called capsaicin. This not only makes foot taste hotter, but it can also increase your body temperature when you eat it.

This is why eating very spicy food can cause you to sweat, as though you had been physically exerting yourself. In order to produce heat, energy needs to be used. When chili peppers cause your body temperature to rise, it therefore means that it requires more energy from your body, which is taken either from the calories in your foods or the fats that have been stored on your body.

You’ll Need to Do More Than Eat Hot Peppers

That said, just eating spicy food and sitting back to watch a movie won’t cause enough fat burning to lead to actual weight loss that you will see on the scale. The trick is to make sure that you have reduced your caloric intake, so that when your temperature does rise, the calories that it burns in doing so will stop any excesses from occurring so that there won’t be any more stored as fat.

Exercising is another vital component to taking advantage of the increased calorie burning from spicy food. In fact, it is activity that causes the fat burning to truly be maximized after eating spicy foods. At this time, though, it is very important to ensure that you keep hydrated, as the increased body temperature will cause larger amounts of sweating and will therefore increase the risk of dehydration.

How to Spice Up Your Food to Support Your Diet

The best sources of capsaicin in spicy foods is from hot peppers such as jalapenos, cayenne, and habaneros. Of course, the amount you should be eating isn’t based on a basic number.  Instead, you need to base it on how much you can tolerate as well as how much you actually enjoy. The last thing you want is for your food to feel like punishment.  That will only build a very unhealthy relationship with your meals.

Other benefits associated with consuming the right amount of capsaicin when you spice up your food include the reduction of pain caused by inflammation. Therefore, it can not only help you to burn more fat and calories, but it could also assist you in doing so in a greater level of comfort.

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