The Best Chili Peppers for Weight Loss

If you don’t include chili peppers in your regular diet, it’s time you start! Not only can chili peppers add an abundance of flavor to your favorite foods, they can also rev up your body’s fat burning abilities. Peppers are also an extremely versatile veggie, and they can easily be incorporated into many recipes. Don’t shun these spicy lil’ guys from your cooking, because eating foods that are hot, can also make you look hot. It’s time to spice things up in the kitchen!

How Chili Peppers Trigger Weight Loss

Several studies have been conducted to figure out how and why peppers can lead to weight loss. The findings have pinpointed capsaicin, the ingredient responsible for making peppers hot, as the reason why they have a fat burning ability. This potent ingredient triggers the pain receptors in your mouth to become activated. Therefore, after you consume a spicy dish, your pain receptors send a message to your brain that relief is needed and pronto! Your brain responds to this cry for help by speeding up your metabolism and heart rate, in order for your body to sweat and cool off (which explains why you sweat sometimes after ingesting spicy food).

As a result, your body experiences an increased calorie burn and engages in a fight against fat. Basically, your body has a similar experience as it does during a workout. However, this doesn’t mean that you can forgo the gym! (Unfortunately, not that many calories are burned.) If you are one of those people who cannot stand to consume spicy foods, there is still hope. There is a version of capsaicin known as Dihydrocapsiate, or DCT, and this ingredient also has fat burning abilities, but does not deliver a potent burning sensation.

Best Peppers for Losing Weight

When it comes down to it, the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains, and therefore the more calories you burn. This isn’t to say you won’t receive any fat burning benefits from consuming bell peppers; you just won’t receive as many as you would if you were to eat a hotter pepper. However, don’t disregard the bell pepper as it’s not only delicious and versatile, it’s also chockfull of vitamin C and other essential vitamins. The best chili peppers for losing weight are obviously the spicier ones, and three great options are:

  • Jalapenos
  • Serranos
  • Habaneros

The latter is the spiciest of the pack, so if you order a meal with habanero peppers, get ready to sweat! You can eat assured that your body is burning calories. If you’re really looking for a spicy experience, try to find a Bhut Jolokia pepper, as this is the hottest pepper currently in existence. Ouch!  

There are several ways to incorporate peppers into your daily diet. You can chop them up and add them to your salad, add them to your sandwich, use them as a pizza topping or just eat them plain. The options are endless; just remember, the spicier your peppers are, the more you will lose!

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